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Some low cost or free resources. LOW COST OR FREE RESOURCES - FastCase. Fastcase is a Florida Bar Benefit (Appellate Plan Only) Or, you can subscribe Various payment plans They have various different coverage

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Some low cost or free resources


LOW COST OR FREE RESOURCES - FastCase

  • Fastcase is a Florida Bar Benefit (Appellate Plan Only)

  • Or, you can subscribe

    • Various payment plans

    • They have various different coverage

  • Let’s see what Fastcase looks like (Scroll down to Fastcase, if you are off campus, you will need your i.d. with your barcode to sign in)

    • You can search state and federal together

    • You cannot limit by court

    • You can change your display and sort how you want to see the results

    • Has a citator, but not with editorial content


FASTCASE

  • Fastcase is a simple search engine – at least at log on. But you can switch to an advanced caselaw search, or you can search in statutes or other legal resources.


Advanced Searches in Fastcase

  • Searches can be carried out in natural language, using Boolean search terms, or by using a citation. This is true for cases, as well as statutes and other legal sources.


Low Cost or free resources - CaseMaker

  • You may have CaseMaker as a Bar Benefit.

  • If not….

    • Sorry. CaseMaker is only available to members of the CaseMaker Consortium – no individual subscriptions allowed.

    • You should be able to sign up as a law student at the CaseMaker website

  • Let’s look at CaseMaker

    • You cannot search state and federal together

    • You can search in several states at one time

    • Has a citator, and it has editorial content


CASEMAKER

  • You have to choose where to search with Casemaker. The home page is not a search page. You have to choose a library to search in.


Searching in Casemaker

  • You have to go into a library, and then pick a specific state to search in to get to the search screen.


Advanced Searched in Casemaker

  • CaseMaker has many advanced search options that come up when you select a library to search.


when researching LOW COST SITES online, SOME things to consider:

  • Is the website reliable?

    • Take a look at the first module if you don’t remember how to analyze reliability

  • What do they cover?

    • Kind of information

    • Scope of information

  • How do they work?

    • Do they have an advanced search?

  • Do they have a citator?

    • You always have to update your research, is it easy to do in the resource you are using?

  • Can you rely solely on these databases and still meet the ethical standards for legal research?

    • You must do enough research to find the answer to a legal question.

  • How and when should you combine these services with other sources?


low cost or free resources

  • Federal Digital System (Fdsys)

    • United States Code – no Citators

    • Federal Register – official, but no Citators

    • Code of Federal Regulations – official, but no Citators

  • Legal Information Institute (LII)

    • State statutes – no Citators

    • U.C.C. – no Citators

    • Research guides


low cost or free resources

  • Google Scholar

    • Gives citation to one other case

    • Not a full citator – although it has citations, it has no editorial comments to help you

  • Findlaw

    • Limited courts-only Florida Supreme Court or Florida Court of Appeals

    • No Citators


More low cost or free resources

  • Justia

    • U.S. case law

    • No Citators

  • Public Library of Law

    • U.S. Case law

    • No Citators

  • Library of Congress- Thomas

    • Congressional research

    • 1990 to present


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