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Introduction to Paralegal Studies (JUS 18000)

This page (http://www.library.kent.edu/jus18000) is designed to show you a sampling of the wide variety of legal resources available online. This list is by no means exhaustive. If you find additional resources of a similar type that you feel are useful, please feel free to share them with me.

Licensed Legal Resources

Primary and Secondary Materials of Various Types

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LexisNexis Academic
Includes primary legal materials (judicial decisions, statutory and administrative codes) as well as secondary legal materials (law reviews) and non-legal resources (newspapers, television transcripts).

Legislative Primary materials

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LexisNexis State Capital
Provides access to state government information, including legislative information (status of bills, full text of bills, legislative calendars), state statutes, full text of state regulations, information about state legislators and their staffs, and news sources for information on state issues for all 50 states.

Ohio Capitol Connection (1989 - Current)
Provides access to primary legislative materials for Ohio, including the Ohio Revised Code and pending bills.

ProQuest Congressional (formerly LexisNexis Congressional)
Provides primary legislative materials for the federal level. Includes bills (currently pending and those not passed in prior sessions), public laws, hearings, and committee reports.

U.S. Statutes at Large (1789 - Current)
This site searches the United States Statutes At Large, from 1789 to present. Statutes can be located by keyword searching, statute number, public law number or by Chapter and Congress. Full-text is available.

Law Reviews and Legal Periodicals

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Legal Collection
Includes secondary legal materials, such as law reviews and professional publications for a wide variety of legal issues. Currency and full-text availability varies by title.

Freely Accessible Legal Materials

Court Pages

Web site of the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.

Web site of the Portage County Common Pleas Court.

Web site of the Summit County Common Pleas Court.

Web site of the Supreme Court of Ohio.

This Website is maintained by the Supreme Court of the United States to provide Court information to the bar, the public, and the news media.

Finding Tools and Full-text Sites

A directory to various online legal materials, like courts, cases, statutes, legal articles, and law libraries.
The creator of Groklaw is a former paralegal.

The Legal Information Institute (LII) of Cornell Law School provides public legal information. We offer all opinions of the United States Supreme Court handed down since 1992, together with over 600 earlier decisions selected for their historic importance, over a decade of opinions of the New York Court of Appeals, and the full United States Code. We also publish a series of “topical” pages that serve as concise explanatory guides and Internet resource listings for roughly 100 areas of law.

The Public Library of Law ("PLoL") is a service of Fastcase.com, Inc. and includes cases from the U.S. Supreme Court and Courts of Appeals; cases from all 50 states back to 1997; Federal statutory law and codes from all 50 states; and regulations, court rules, constitutions, and more.

Directory of legal search engines. Also has a listing by type of law.

Can be used to find "full text legal opinions from United States federal and state district, appellate and supreme courts." Searchable by case name or topic. Use "quotes" when searching for phrases.

Bluebook Citation Help

Gives examples of Bluebook citations for various types of legal materials. Maintained by the New England School of Law.

Downloadable tool which provides proper Bluebook citations for all state and federal jurisdictions, including states with non-standard citation formats. Can be used as a trial for 90 days, must be registered thereafter.

Part of Cornell's Legal Information Institute, this site is maintained by Peter W. Martin. Revised to reflect changes in the most recent editions of the Bluebook and the ALWD Citation Manual.