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¶  Case Law Research: Guide to Federal & Multi-State Online Resources

Online Resource Coverage Scope Citator
Commercial Legal Research Vendors (selective)
LexisNexis Account Login
https://www.lexis.com/research
Law Library access is restricted to statutory users and on-site to attorneys with library privileges.
Federal,
States
Comprehensive (depends on subscription plan) Shepard’s
Westlaw Account Login
http://web2.westlaw.com/signon/
Law Library access is restricted to statutory users and on-site to attorneys with library privileges.
Federal,
States
Comprehensive (depends on subscription plan) KeyCite
Casemaker (Ohio State Bar Association)
www.ohiobar.org/Pages/login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fMembers%2fPages%2fCaseMaker.aspx
Law Library access is restricted to statutory users and attorneys with library privileges who has their own OSBA accounts.
Federal,
States
Sup. Ct. 1754→
Fed Cir. Cts. 1930→
Fed Dist. Cts. 1932→
States vary (some 1930s→)
limited to database contents
Fastcase
https://www.fastcase.com
The Law Library does not subscribe to Fastcase.
Federal,
States
Sup. Ct. 1754→
Fed Cir. Cts. 1925 →
Fed. Dist. Cts. 1912→
States vary (most 1950s→)
limited to database contents
Casemaker
www.casemaker.us
The Law Library does not subscribe to Casemaker.
Federal,
States
Sup. Ct. 1754→
Fed Cir. Cts. 1930→
Fed Dist. Cts. 1932→
States vary (some 1930s→)
limited to database contents
Loislaw
www.loislaw.com
The Law Library does not subscribe to Loislaw.
Federal,
States
Sup. Ct. 1754→
Fed Cir. Cts. 1924→
States vary (most 1930s→)
GlobalCite limited to database contents
Free Online Legal Research Websites for Case Law (selective)
Google Scholar Legal Opinions and Journals
http://scholar.google.com/advanced_scholar_search?hl=en&as_sdt=2000
Federal,
States
Sup. Ct. 1754→
Fed. Cir. Cts., Fed.  Dist. Cts 1924→
States vary (most 1950s→)
limited to database contents
Public Library of Law
www.plol.org
Federal,
States
Sup. Ct. 1791→
Fed. Cir. Cts. 1950→
States 1997→
 
FindACase
www.findacase.com/
Cases are not identified by their citation or docket number. There is an option to purchase the full text, which includes its citation.
Federal,
States
Sup. Ct. 1886→
Fed. Cir. Cts. 1930→
Fed.  Dist. Cts. vary (most 1930s→)
States vary (most 1990s→)
 
Research Guides
Court Records Free Reference and Directory
www.courtreference.com
Guide to locating online court records and contact information for trial courts in every state and county. To help make a search for court records more targeted and effective, the site also offers a summary chart of the types of cases heard by each type of court in each state, as well as more detailed information about the jurisdiction of each type of court.

Statewide and local links include online access to court records, online court case information, court dockets, court calendars, published court orders, legal information, legal research, self-help tools, online court forms, court services, online payment services for court fines and fees, free legal services and lawyer referral services. Links to online legal resources offered by individual courts are listed in the Court Directory, with court location and court contact information for every state and county.
Federal Judiciary
Supreme Court of the United States
www.supremecourtus.gov/
US Federal Courts Directory (Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts)
www.uscourts.gov/courtlinks/
PACER (Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts)
http://pacer.psc.uscourts.gov/
U.S. Appellate, District, and Bankruptcy court records and documents. Fee-based service that requires registration.
 ¶  In This Section

Ohio Legal Research: Guide to Online Resources

Case Law Research: Guide to Federal & Multi-State Online Resources

Statutory Research: Guide to Federal & Multi-State Online Resources

Regulatory Research: Guide to Federal & Multi-State Online Resources

Legal Forms Research: Guide to Online Resources for Agency, Court, Business & Personal Forms