Legal Research on the Internet

Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement Research Links
The Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement (APRA) is an international organization for fundraisers who specialize in research and information management. Their research collection links to websites that in turn link to sources for finding out about people, companies, and other organizations.

GPO Access
GPO Access is a service of the U.S. Government Printing Office that provides free electronic access to an extensive library of information produced by the Federal Government. The information provided on this site is the official, published version. Especially important resources on this site include the Federal Register, the Code of Federal Regulations, and a list of federal government resources organized by topic.

Lib-web-cats is a directory of libraries worldwide. While the majority of the current listings are in North America, the numbers of libraries represented in other parts of the globe is growing. Each listing includes links to the library's website and online catalog. It’s possible to search by name, institution, geographic location, and library type.

Municipal Codes Web Library
site links to several hundred municipal and county codes published through LexisNexis Municipal Codes Publishing and Ordlink Services.

State and Local Government on the Net
A directory of official state, county, and city government websites. You can search by jurisdiction or by topic. Individual state listings also include state government news that is updated hourly. This can be a helpful first stop for state-specific information, although the site is not complete.

Thompson Findlaw
Findlaw resources include free case law, legal news, newsletters, message boards, service directories, and legal search tools and links. Use the section for “Legal Professionals” to find links organized by jurisdiction, subject matter, or material type.

The Virtual Chase 
Edited by law librarian Genie Tyburski, the Virtual Chase provides research news, website recommendations, and research guides. This URL takes you not to the home page, but to a directory of legal research links.

U.S. Federal Agencies
An A-Z Listing of all federal agencies.

Use this tool to look up the ownership information of particular websites or domains. Useful in assessing the reliability of a website.

Zimmerman’s Research Guide
The accumulated wisdom of law librarian Andrew Zimmerman. Now published by LexisNexis, the research guide contains brief explanations of different legal areas, with some helpful links and research pointers.