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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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Low cost or free resources fastcase
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

  • 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
low cost or free resources consider:

  • 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 resources1
low cost or free resources consider:

  • 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
More low consider: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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