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Free and Low-Cost Legal Research: U.S. Secondary and Primary Sources: Home

Information on where to find free or low-cost information on U.S. secondary and primary legal sources

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Guide Overview

This guide provides links and suggestions for searching in resources that are freely available (or available for a low cost) when conducting legal research.

The guide is organized by primary sources and secondary sources, then further subdivided within each section as follows:

1. Secondary Sources

  • Law reviews, journals, and other scholarly secondary sources
  • Other research guides

2. Primary Sources

  • Judicial sources (cases, dockets, rules of court)
  • Legislative sources (statutes/laws/codes, ordinances, constitutions)
  • Administrative sources (regulations, proposed rules, agency decisions)

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Please note that many of our services are limited to Stanford University affiliates. If you are not affiliated with Stanford, we recommend contacting a local public law library for assistance beyond the information provided in this guide.