CLE: 2007: Internet Legal Research: Saving Time Saving Money

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CLE: 2007: Internet Legal Research: Saving Time Saving Money

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Mike Martinez

Publisher

St. Mary's University School of Law San Antonio Texas Alumni Homecoming, St. Mary's University School of Law Alumni Homecoming

Date

2007-03-30

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St. Mary's University School of Law Alumni Homecoming

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RFC3778

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English, en-US

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STMU_HomecomingCLE2007Martinez

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Internet Legal Research:
Saving Money, Saving Ti1ne
Mike Martinez Jr., Reference Librarian/Assistant Professor

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·' • Numerous lnterret sites provide access to
' cases, statutes· 'regulations. law reviews,
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forms and other legal documents.
• Thfs lectUre 'will review federal , state,
Texas and secondary information
available on the Internet.

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• Quality
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• Stability
• Update frequency
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United States Supreme Court
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. :, • http://www.supremecourtus.gov/
\ , • This site prd es the full text of
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• Opirlions are provided in date issued
order
• Opinions can also be searched via
keyword

United States Supreme Court
• Other sites that provide access to the full text
U.S. Supreme Court decisions. These
include :
• Corn ell's Legal Information Institu te at
http://www law.cornell.edu/
• Findlaw at b.\1Q;LL_w-.yw.findlaw.com/
• FedWorld at bllJ;r//www. fedworld .gov/

• Oyez at http://www.oyez.org

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United States Supreme Court
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: :.. • Cornell's Legal Information Institute
\', at http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/
· ,' . • Full text cif U.S. Supreme Court decisions
-.~:_ from 1992 to present.

• Various searching types:
• Topic, party, or author

Find law
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• http://www.findlaw.com/ provides
access to the full text of U.S. Supreme
Court decisions from 1893 onwards.
• Searchable by:

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• Citation search, Party Name, Full text

Fedworld
• Fedworld site at
http://www.fedworld .gov/
• Full text of U.S. Supreme Court
opinions from 1937 - 1975.
• Searchable by:
• Case search and keyword search ,

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Oyez
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Northwestern Y.niversity publishes the Oyez,
at http://www.oyez.org which archives the
audio of..selected oral arguments made to the
U . ~§upreme Court.
• This site provides selective coverage of U.S.
Supreme Court decisions.
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When available, audio of oral arguments is
provided.
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Circuit ~ourts of Appeal
Past decisions can be found at Emory's
Federal Courts Finder
• http://wwW.Iaw.emory.edu/FEDCTS

• Ttie site provides access to the full text
decisions from the Circuit Courts of
Appeal. Dates vary.

U.S. District Courts
• Free access to the decisions of U.S.
District Courts.
• Villanova's Federal Courts Locator at
http://www.law.villanova.edu/library/rese
archandstudyguides/federalcourtlocator.
asp
• provides access to some of these
decisions .

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Federal Legislation
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Both the U.S House and Senate
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maintain Internet sites .
• The U.S": Senate site can be found at
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hHo:i/Www.senate .gov/
• The U.S. House also maintains its ~-::..­
ownsite at http://www.house.gov/,/
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Federal Legislation
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Thomas at http://thomas.loc.gov/ Maintained
by the Library of Congress , Thomas
provides access to the following information:
~~. Pending bills, including the full text, the status of
the bill and the bill summary;
• Recently enacted public laws;
• The Congressional Record (current and archived
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from 1989 onwards);
House & Senate Committee Reports (selected);
Roll Call Votes: and
House & Senate Directories.

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Federal Legislation
Cornell's Legal Information Institute also
allows researchers to search the United
States Codes via:
KeyWord;
• Citation: or
• Popular name.

The full text of the code is provided at this
site as are links to applicable regulations.

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Feder.al Legislation
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• The full text of the United States Code
\-., (USC) can a!'so be accessed via GPO
: " Access at ·'·"
' http://wwW.gpoaccess.gov/uscode/index
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• The Code can be searched by keY'word
or title.
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Federal Regulations
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• GPO Access at http://www.access.gpo.gov/
is maintained .oy the Government Printing
Office. It provides access to the full text of
the foiJowing:
• The Federal Register publishes proposed
regulations, provides the initial official publication · __of final regulations, publishes Executive Orders
and Presidential Proclamations as well as notices
of agency meetings.

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Federal Regulations

• This site also provides the full text of the
Code of Federal Regulations (CFR),
· • The CFR is archived from 1996.
• Updating is also available with the List
of Sections Affected, LSA, at this site.

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. ExecutiVe Publications: Office of
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the President
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• White Housfsite is available at
http://www.whitehouse.gov/

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.z:::::;·:. ;• Searching is via date or keyword .

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Executive: Presidential
Publications



• The Weekly c Jinpilation of Presidential
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Documents is' available at the GPO Access
\ ~ site. http://vvwW.gpo.gov/nara/nara003.htm1
•· It P.!~~es access to the full text of:







Addresses & Remarks made by the President;
Bill Signings;
Executive Orders;
Interviews with the Media;
Meetings with Foreign Leaders; and
Proclamations.

FirstGov
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• Firstgov available at
http://www.firstgov.gov/ as a gateway or
portal.
• It provides links to fede ral government
executive agencies, the U.S. Congress,
and the U.S. Courts .
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Texas Judicial System
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Texas Supreme Court publishes its
opinions at)he Texas Courts site at.
':~·. This covers the Supreme Court and the
, Court of Criminal Appeals


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• http://www.courts.state.tx.us/

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Texas Legislature Online
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• At http://www:capitol.state.tx.us/ is the
. ·. official site of the Texas Legislature.
· • . It prov:_ides the full text of:
• Statutes;
• Session laws;
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Regulations
• Regulations promulgated by Texas
regulatory agencies under the auspices
of the Executive (Governor's) Branch
are. published in the Texas
Administrative Code (TAG) which is
also available online at
• http://www.sos.state.tx.us/

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State Information
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Other Internet sites provide the
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\:·, researcher~'1:1th links to cases, statutes,
~· and regulations to all fifty states .
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• Findlaw at http://www.findlaw.com/
• At this site, there are links to states'..,..,-.-: ::.:·;;:
executive, judicial, and legislativ;-"'
branches.
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State Information
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. • Washlaw at ..•
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• Provides links to state information for all ·
fifty states.

Municipal Codes
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• http://www.m unicode.com/ is a site that
provides free retrieval of full text
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documents:
• Codes and ordinances of cities and
counties in all fifty states are posted and . _
can be searched via keyword s.

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Secondary Materials
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• Findlaw provides access to electronic
legal journals·.

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• http://heinonline.org (only at the library)
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• Other helpful sites include:
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• Jurist at h!tp"//www junst.law .~
Law Libraria-ns' Resource Exchange at
'··., hlfp"//www llrx com/
Martindale Hubbell at http://www martindale com/
Virtual Chase at h!tp"//www.virtualchase corn/
University of Texas School of Law at
htlp"//tarlton law.utexas.edu

Resources
Cost Effective Legal Research: The Internet &
Beyond. Lisa Smith-Buller
Robert Hu. Director. Sarita Kenedy East Law library
Michael Forrest. Reference Librarian/Assistant
Professor
Paul Miller. Electronic Services Librarian/Assistant
Professor

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Mike Martinez, “CLE: 2007: Internet Legal Research: Saving Time Saving Money,” St. Mary's Law Digital Repository, accessed March 27, 2017, http://lawspace.stmarytx.edu/item/STMU_HomecomingCLE2007Martinez.

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