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Free Online Legal Research

This Guide describes a wide range of online legal research resources. It covers primary law, government resources, research guides, reference sources, forms, and legal news.


Legal Blogs

Legal blogs (or "blawgs") are valuable sources of law-related information. You can find legal blogs in nearly every subject area, by state or region, from a variety of viewpoints, and from all parts of the legal community (law academics, law practitioners, law students, law librarians, etc.). Since blogs are updated daily—and often several times a day—legal researchers can use them to stay up-to-date on current issues. In addition, legal bloggers will often post court documents on their sites and links to other sources relevant to their area of interest.

There are so many legal blogs that identifying the ones most useful to you is a daunting task. Fortunately, there are Web sites that can help you find/target blawgs. They include the following:

Popular Legal Blogs

Below you will find a selection of legal blogs:

Free Government Information (FGI) Blog

Initiated by Jim A. Jacobs, James R. Jacobs, Shinjoung Yeo, three librarians at UC San Diego, along with Daniel Cornwall, librarian at the Alaska State Library, and James Staub, librarian at the Tennessee State Library, in order to raise public awareness of the importance of government information and create a community with various stakeholders to facilitate an open and critical dialogue.