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¶  Ohio Legal Research: Guide to 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. Do note that LexisNexis provides more comprehensive coverage of Ohio state court opinions than Westlaw.
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
See also: The Law Library's Case Law Research: Guide to Federal & Multi-State Online Resources
Free Online Legal Research Websites for Ohio Case Law (selective)
Ohio Court Opinions Service (Ohio Supreme Court)
www.sconet.state.oh.us/ROD/docs/
Ohio Ohio Supreme Court, District Court of Appeals & Court of Claims, 1992→  
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
See also: The Law Library's Case Law Research: Guide to Federal & Multi-State Online Resources
Ohio State Judiciary
Supreme Court of Ohio and the Ohio Judicial System
www.sconet.state.oh.us/
Case Activity Notification Service and RSS Feeds
www.sconet.state.oh.us/RSS/default.asp
Ohio Statutory Research (selective)
Ohio Constitution (Ohio General Assembly)
www.legislature.state.oh.us/constitution.cfm
Ohio Revised Code (LAWriter)
http://codes.ohio.gov/orc
Act of Ohio (Ohio General Assembly)
www.legislature.state.oh.us/acts.cfm
Bill Passed by the Ohio General Assembly, from the 122nd General Assembly to the present.

Effective Dates of Statutes, from 124th General Assembly to the present (Ohio Secretary of State)
www.sos.state.oh.us/SOS/GAJournal.aspx
See also: The Law Library's Statutory Research: Guide to Federal & Multi-State Online Resources
Monitoring Ohio Legislation
Ohio General Assembly
www.legislature.state.oh.us/search.cfm
Free. Text of bills, bill status, Ohio Legislative Service Commission bill analysis, fiscal note, House & Senate Journals.
Ohio Capital Connection Account Login Required (Hannah News Service)
http://www.hannah.com
Commercial service monitors Ohio legislative and regulatory developments, provides text of bills, bill status, user-specified alerts and in-house produced news reports.

Law Library access is restricted to statutory users and to attorneys with library privileges.
Gongwer News Service Ohio
www.gongwer-oh.com/
The Law Library does not subscribe to this commercial service which monitors Ohio legislative developments.
Ohio Regulatory Research (selective)
Ohio Administrative Code (LAWriter)
http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/
Register of Ohio
www.registerofohio.state.oh.us/
Text of proposed and adopted rules.
See also: The Law Library's Regulatory Research: Guide to Federal & Multi-State Online Resources
Ohio Executive Branch Resources
Official State of Ohio Website
http://ohio.gov/
Governor of Ohio
www.governor.ohio.gov/
Ohio Attorney General
www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov
Ohio Auditor of State
www.auditor.state.oh.us/
Ohio Secretary of State
www.sos.state.oh.us/sos/
Ohio Treasurer of State
www.tos.ohio.gov/
Ohio Court Rules, Court, Government and Related Forms (selective)

Ohio Rules of Court (Ohio Supreme Court)
www.sconet.state.oh.us/LegalResources/Rules/default.asp
Includes Rules of Practice and Procedure in Ohio Courts, Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio, Rules for Ohio Judges and Attorneys, Supreme Court Rules and Rules of the Court of Claims of Ohio.

Under the "Rules of Practice and Procedure in Ohio Courts," heading of Ohio Rules of Court, some forms will be found in the sections for (1) Rules of Appellate Procedure, (2) Rules of Civil Procedure (Civil Forms and Domestic Relations Forms) and (3) Rules of Criminal Procedure.

The Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio include forms and guidence for Domestic Violence orders. Probate forms are also available.

Ohio State Agencies, Boards & Commissions Forms (Official State of Ohio Website)
http://ohio.gov/forms/
LLRX Court Rules, Forms and Dockets for Ohio
www.llrx.com/courtrules-gen/state-Ohio.html
Includes links to federal, state, county and municipal courts. Searching the web for a specific court website to find additional information is highly recommended.
Justia's Free Ohio Legal Forms: Court Forms & Government Forms
http://forms.justia.com/ohio/
Gale Ohio Legal Forms (IP-authenticated access)
http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/hami89484?db=TGLF
Provides a variety of downloadable and editable forms for personal and business transactions plus some basic forms in several areas for self-represented litigants.

See also: The Law Library's Legal Forms Research: Guide to Online Resources for Agency, Court, Business & Personal Forms
Research Guides
Informational Briefs Prepared by the Ohio Legislative Service Commission
Some Suggestions on How to Approach the Ohio Constitution (Nov. 8, 2002)
A Guide to Legislative History in Ohio (Jan. 26, 2010)
An Overview of Administrative Rule-Making Procedure in Ohio (July 30, 2008)
Findlaw's Cases and Codes
www.findlaw.com/casecode/
Includes resources and links for both state and federal court opinions, laws and regulations.
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. 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.

Free Public Records Directory
http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/
Guide links to public record searches in every state and county in the United States. Some state or county agencies may charge fees for accessing public records. All links indicate whether online public records searches are available for free, as paid services, or not available online. Examples:

Find UCC Filing Records by State: http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/UCC-Filings.htm

Find UCC Fillings in Ohio: http://publicrecords.onlinesearches.com/Ohio-UCC-Filings.htm

 ¶  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