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Legal Research: Free or Fee? (Electronic Download)

Available: In Stock
Price: $29.00
Item Code: 10601-DL


Let’s say you need the text of a regulation or statute. Both of these are “known knowns”: legal materials that are known to exist. You can do that for free. Or maybe you’re looking for caselaw that’s on-point for your client’s legal issue -- a “known unknown” because you don’t know whether there is relevant legal precedent. You can also do this type of research for free.

This manual examines what you can get for free and what information is better to get with a fee.

Table of Contents

Legal Research: Free or Fee?
Daniel Giancaterino, M.S.

  • Free Legal Research: Good for the “Knowns”
  • Search Engine Caveats
  • Filter Bubbles
  • Silos
  • Deep Web
  • Free Cases
  • Google Scholar
  • Ravel Law
  • Caselaw Access Project
  • Free Statutes
  • Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Unofficial Purdon’s Pennsylvania Statutes from Westlaw
  • Free Administrative Codes
  • Govinfo
  • The Pennsylvania Code

  • Information Literacy
  • Webpage Clues
  • Google Maps
  • Internet Archive
  • Backlinks

  • What About the “Unknown Unknowns”?
  • Legal Database Caveats
  • Jenkins Law Library

  • Casetext
  • Fastcase
  • Conclusion
  • Disclaimers
Practice Areas
Published: 2/21/2019


Daniel Giancaterino MS
T F Jenkins Memorial Law Library
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