FREE INTERNET LEGAL RESOURCES PORTAL
Admiralty and Maritime Law
- Code of Federal Regulations Title 33 – Navigation and Navigable Waters
- Code of Federal Regulations Title 46 – Shipping
- Code of Federal Regulations Title 49 – Transportation
- House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure: Links to the subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation, allows searching of pertinent legislation introduced in the House.
- House Subcommittee on the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation: Details legislative activity and hearings on topics related to its mandate.
- Maritime Law Association of the United States: This association, concerned with advancing reforms in the Maritime Law of the United States in an effort to harmonize the shipping laws of different nations, provides useful links to maritime law resources and a library of documents, including amicus briefs filed by the Association.
- Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation: Hosts the subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries and Coast Guard and the subcommittee on Surface Transportation on Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security.
- S. Coast Guard: Website of this branch of the armed services, provides contact information, details of its mission and information for those interested in doing business with the Coast Guard.
- S. Code Title 14 – Coast Guard
- S. Code Title 28 – Federal Rules of Civil Procedure – Supplemental Rules for Admiralty or Maritime Claims and Asset Forfeiture Actions
- S. Code Title 33 – Navigation and Navigable Waters
- S. Code Title 46 – Shipping
- S. Federal Maritime Commission: The agency charged with regulating international ocean transportation.
- American Bar Association
- Charleston County Bar Association
- Federal Bar Association
- Greenville County Bar Association
- North Carolina Bar Association
- Richland County Bar Association
- South Carolina Bar
- South Carolina Legal Services
- State Bar of Georgia
- Bloomberg: Freely access financial news from around the world and find company “snapshots,” tracing stock price, company news, profits, and outlook.
- The Business Journals: This site offers breaking business news; user can choose market area covered from a drop-down menu of locations.
- Department of Labor: The U.S. Department of Labor’s website offers assistance with disability resources, hiring, the Affordable Care Act, equal employment opportunity, and compliance assistance, along with many other topics.
- EDGAR: EDGAR (the Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval system), makes available the data which publicly-traded companies include in the forms they are required to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
- Moody’s Investor Service: Although an account is required to access many of the offerings of this venerable bond credit rating service, users may freely access ratings highlights and news, special topics, the United States fiscal outlook and the weekly market outlook according to Moody’s.
- NASDAQ: Official site of the NASDAQStock Market featuring free real-time stock quotes, stock exchange prices, stock market news, and online stock trading tools.
- New York Stock Exchange: Follow the market in real time.
- Securities and Exchange Commission: The website of the SEC contains information for investors, brokers, accountants, EDGAR filers, and small businesses. Access the laws and regulations under which the SEC operates.
- Standard & Poor’s: One of the big three credit rating agencies, Standard & Poor’s website offers other free financial information services. You can follow the Dow Jones in Europe, Asia and the US, and track stock performance and commodities indices. You must be a registered user to access ratings, but registration is free.
- Stanford Law School Mills Legal Clinic: Stanford Law School’s business legal clinic has created a website with available forms and sample documents for non-profit organizations.
- Zoom Info: Obtain official information about businesses, including business organization filings, certificates of good standing, UCC secured transactions, IRS tax liens, trademarks, bankruptcies, and civil litigation. The site allows you to search for a business and obtain basic information about it for free.
Charleston and Charleston County
- Charleston County Government: Search deeds, mortgages, plats and state, federal and UCC liens. Pay taxes online or search records for real and personal property. Search court records, the current inmates at the sheriff’s office, and the Master-in-Equity’s foreclosure auction list.
- City of Charleston: Access city council meeting minutes, business license information, municipal court records and dockets, and find out what business loans are available through the city.
- Post & Courier: Read the local news online and search the paper’s archives.
City and County Codes
- American Legal Publishing: Online Library: Includes a collection of South Carolina codes for: Blythewood, Camden, Dillon, Edgefield County, Folly Beach, Folly Beach (Meeting Minutes), Goose Creek, Greenville County (Code), Greenville County (Meeting Minutes), Kingstree Frames, Mt. Pleasant, Newberry County, Prosperity, Richland County, South Congaree, West Columbia, and York County.
- Municode: City code links from around the U.S. from the Municipal Code Corporation, many from the state of South Carolina. Click on “Browse the Library” to search for free.
- Codification of Presidential Proclamations and Executive Orders
This National Archives site, an on-line version of the out-of-print provides access to the edited and re-arranged text of Presidential Proclamations and Executive Orders from April 13, 1945 – January 20, 1989. It is an on-line version of the out-of-print Codification of Presidential Proclamations and Executive Orders, spanning the administrations of Harry S. Truman through Ronald Reagan.
Federal Government Information Resources
- Administrative Decisions: Quick access to federal administrative agency decisions on the web, maintained by the University of Virginia Library.
- American FactFinder from the U.S. Census Bureau: American FactFinder provides access to data about the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Island Areas. The data in American FactFinder come from several censuses and surveys.
- American Memory: A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation, U.S. Congressional documents and debates 1774-1875.
- Bureau of Labor Statistics: International, national, regional, state, and municipal economic data.
- CESSDA: Large, multilingual collection of databases covering the social sciences and the humanities in the European countries.
- Citizenship Resource Center: The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services offer this resource for those considering becoming U.S. Citizens.
- gov: This site, created by the Library of Congress, replaces the venerable Thomas. It allows you to search: all legislation introduced in Congress since 1993; the Congressional Record since 1995; and member profiles since 1973.
- CyberCemetery: Provides permanent public access to web sites and publications of defunct federal agencies.
- gov: Tool for accessing databases of federal government agencies.
- Department of Defense Websites: Find U.S. military information.
- Energy Information Administration: Energy statistics and analysis from the U.S. government
- Environmental Protection Agency: The agency’s website provides, in addition to other information, a breakdown by business sector of the regulations the agency administers.
- Eurostat: Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union situated in Luxembourg. Its task is to provide the European Union with statistics at European level that enable comparisons between countries and regions.
- FDsys: FDsys provides fully searchable public access to the U.S. Code, Public Laws, Code of Federal Regulations, and the Federal Register, among other Congressional and agency resources.
- Federal Courts Finder: Find federal courts of appeal and federal district courts, as well as descriptions of the courts and their functions, and career opportunities. Older users of the locator function will miss the actual map.
- Federal Judicial Center: Biographies of federal judges from 1789 to the present as well as publications, including the Manual for Complex Litigation and the Immigration Law Primer.
- FedStats: Statistics from more than 100 federal agencies.
- FRASER: Links to historical and current economic and statistical publications, releases, and documents.
- Government Catalogs, Indexes and Databases: The University of North Texas collected this exhaustive listing.
- Government Information Resources: From the University of Virginia Library, a “how-to” on finding federal and Virginia state government materials.
- us: Follow the latest Congressional legislative activity. Find your Congressional district, search bills and browse by subject area, browse voting records, and view committee assignments and bills by committee.
- Guide to the House and Senate Members of the Current Congress: From GPO Access, a guide to current members of Congress. Searchable by district, birth date, zip code and many other variables.
- Social Explorer: Access current and historical demographic data, create reports and download data in convenient formats quickly and easily.
- ICPSR: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research
- Indigenous Law Portal: Mapped constitutions, legal materials and legislative documents of American Indians as well as Native Hawaiian. Provides a wide array of descriptions of indigenous peoples of the Americas and connects their culture, history, and lives of the indigenous law classification. Also, may serve as an extensive study aid for tribal studies of Americans.
- Law Library of Congress: U.S. and international legal resources from the Law Library of Congress.
- List of Federal Agency Internet Sites: Louisiana State University Libraries’ Federal Agency Directory provides an alphabetical list of all U.S. agencies, searchable by keyword.
- LLSDC’s Legislative Sourcebook: Federal legislative history resources from the Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C.
- National Centers for Environmental Information: Climate research and meteorological data resource from NOAA.
- National Criminal Justice Reference Service: Federally funded clearinghouse offering justice and substance abuse information.
- OECD statistics: The mission of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems.
- Office of the Federal Register: Access to Federal laws and proposed and final regulations, updated daily.
- org: Information about members of Congress (including voting records, congressional committees, and pending legislation), provided by the public interest group. A mixture of official information and opinion.
- gov: Access point to proposed and final U.S. government agency rules and decisions. Allows public comment on proposed rules.
- SciTech Connect: Public connection to science, technology, and engineering research information from the U.S. Department of Energy.
- The White House: Current presidential documents, press releases, executive orders.
- UNdata: Data access system to UN databases. The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) launched a new internet based data service for the global user community. It brings UN statistical databases within easy reach of users through a single entry point (http://data.un.org/). Users can now search and download a variety of statistical resources of the UN system.
- S. Code: Current through Pub. L.114-49.
- S. Courts: The Federal Judiciary: Official site of the federal courts. Links to all federal courts, court rules and rule amendments, as well as the federal court locator and PACER.
- S. House of Representatives: Find your Representative, track current House activity, link to the U.S. Code, votes on bills, and committee websites.
- S. House of Representatives Video Feed: Streaming video feeds of House floor proceedings, back to the beginning of the 111th Congress.
- S. Senate: Current legislative activity, roll call votes, and treaty status information as well as historical information on the U.S. Senate and links to all Senate committees.
- gov: The U.S. Government’s Official Web Portal provides links to an A to Z agency list and federal, state, local and tribal governments.
Find an Attorney
- Find a Lawyer: A service of the North Carolina State Bar, this site provides a listing of attorneys certified as specialists, a listing of licensed attorneys, and a listing compiled by the North Carolina Association of Trial Lawyers.
- Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory: Search for attorneys in the U.S. and abroad.
- North Carolina Lawyers Referral Service: This service maintains a listing of attorneys who have agreed to limit the cost of the initial consultation. It does not make referrals to attorneys who will work pro bono.
- South Carolina Bar: The South Carolina Bar Lawyer Referral Service is a public service of the South Carolina Bar offered by telephone and online. It maintains a listing of attorneys who have agreed to limit the cost of the initial consultation.
- South Carolina Bar Lawyer’s Desk Book: The South Carolina Bar is making its Desk Book free and open to the public. South Carolina Bar Lawyer’s Desk Book comprises a directory where bar members can be searched, and the contact information and websites of the state’s legally relevant agencies and other bodies found.
- South Carolina Legal Services: South Carolina Legal Services provides free legal services in a wide variety of civil (non-criminal) legal matters to eligible low income residents of South Carolina.
- West Legal Directory via Findlaw: Search for attorneys nationwide.
- African Human Rights Case Law Analyser: From the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, established by the Organization of African Unity, this database allows you to view human rights cases filed and decided in various African countries. Provides case summaries, authorities cited, and listings of the sections of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights which were alleged to have been violated.
- Archive of European Integration: The Archive of European Integration (AEI) is an electronic repository and archive for research materials on the topic of European integration and unification. The AEI collects two types of materials, dating from the 20th and 21st centuries: independently-produced research materials and official European Community/European Union documents.
- ASIL Electronic Resource Guide: The Electronic Resource Guide, often called the ERG, is used by students, teachers, practitioners, and researchers as a self-guided tour of relevant, quality, up-to-date online resources covering important areas of international law. The ERG also serves as a ready-made teaching tool at graduate and undergraduate levels.
- Audiovisual Library of International Law: This useful, but slow-to-load, United Nations resource comprises historic archives, a lecture series, and a research library of international law sources.
- BAILII: The British equivalent of Cornell’s LII, this site offers free access to British and Irish case law & legislation, European Union case law, Law Commission reports, and other law-related British and Irish material.
- Brexit: Site maintained by London’s Middle Temple details the steps involved in, and legal consequences of, Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, scheduled for April 2019.
- Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations: Search for British and other international legal abbreviations to identify publication titles.
- CIA World Factbook: Provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. References tab includes maps of the major world regions, as well as Flags of the World, a Physical Map of the World, a Political Map of the World, a World Oceans map, and a Standard Time Zones of the World map.
- Commonwealth Legal Information Institute: The main purpose of CommonLII is to provide a comparative law facility by which the laws of all common law countries can be searched and compared. In relation to case law, CommonLII assists in making the ideal of an international common law a reality, by providing the case law collection with the broadest geographical scope, and the only free access international citator (LawCite). As to legislation, CommonLII makes it easier to compare legislative developments in the same subject-areas across Commonwealth countries, and can assist in the process of law reform, as well as increasing the transparency of each country’s legal system. CommonLII also makes it easier to find commentaries on the law from Commonwealth and common law countries, including law reform reports and some law journals.
- Council of Europe Venice Commission: The Council’s CODICES database reports on the case law of constitutional courts in Europe and on the case law of the European Court of Human Rights and the Court of Justice of the European Community.
- Curia: Official website of the Court of Justice of the European Union and its constituent courts. Provides access to information about the Court of Justice, the General Court (formerly the Court of First Instance of the European Communities), and the Civil Service Tribunal. Includes the full text of judgements, orders, opinions, and notices, and allows searching of cases from the courts.
- Death Penalty Worldwide Database: Provides up-to-date analysis on the law and practice of capital punishment for every country in the world that retains it.
- EIU Country Reports: The Economist Intelligence Unit country reports discuss the economic and political aspects of the countries of the world. Requires free registration.
- European Union: Official website of the European Union.
- FLARE Index to Treaties: This site indexes more than 1500 multilateral treaties, beginning in 1856. It allows searching for treaties by keywords, title, and the year and the place the treaty was concluded. Many of the search results link to the web version of the treaty and EISIL and note where the treaty can be found in print.
- Foreign Information by Country: The University of Colorado: at Boulder has collected a wealth of information on each of the countries of the world.
- Gender Jurisprudence and International Criminal Law Project: The centerpiece of this project is the Gender Jurisprudence Collections (GJC), a powerful database containing more than 26,000 documents, including judgments, decisions, and orders issued by international/ized criminal courts and tribunals, and made easily searchable for issues relating to sexual and gender-based violence.
- Genocide, Crimes Against Humanity, and War Crimes JurisdictionThis chart, from the Library of Congress, examines and provides details about the 149 countries which have laws against at least one of the following: genocide; crimes against humanity; or war crimes.
- Global Database: Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement: This site “provides instant access to official documents about the rights of the internally displaced and the application of the Guiding Principles on Internal Displacement.”
- GlobaLex: Articles on how to research international, foreign, and comparative law topics from NYU’s Hauser Global Law School Program.
- Hague Conference on Private International Law: Text of the Hague conventions.
- Human Rights Chamber for Bosnia Herzegovina: The Human Rights Chamber is a judicial body established under Annex 6 to the General Framework Agreement for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Dayton Peace Agreement) The Chamber has the order to consider alleged or apparent violations of human rights as provided in the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights. A link from the home page leads the researcher to a search page for the Chamber’s decisions.
- Inter-American Court of Human Rights Project: Searchable database which provides free publib access to Inter-American Court decisions by case name, country, and topic.
- International Court of Justice: Includes cases dating back to 1947, two years after the Court was established.
- Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913: A fully searchable database of the 197,745 criminal trials held at the Old Bailey, London’s central criminal court.
- UK Treaties Online: Access details of over 14,000 treaties involving the UK.
- United Nations: The world body’s website is a source of information on international conflicts, as well as a portal into international law. Locate U.N. Charter, resolutions, maps, and other documents.
- United Nations Bibliographic Information System: Catalogue of United Nations (UN) documents and publications. Included are commercial publications and other non-UN sources held in the collection of the Dag Hammarskjöld Library. The coverage of UNBISnet is from 1979 onward UNBISnet also provides instant access to a growing number of full text resources in the six official languages of the UN (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish), including resolutions adopted by the General Assembly, the Economic and Social Council and the Security Council from 1946 onward.
- United Nations Treaty Series: Searchable database of treaties deposited with the UN and its predecessor organization, the League of Nations.
- WIPO Lex: “One-stop search facility for national laws and treaties on intellectual property (IP) of WIPO, WTO and UN Members.”
- WorldLII: The World Legal Information Institute (WorldLII) provides a free source of primary legal materials (legislation and case law) for a comprehensive range of countries and jurisdictions worldwide. The service combines access to all materials held in the AustLII, AsianLII, BAILII, CanLII, CommonLII, CyLaw, NZLII, PacLII, SAFLII and HKLII resource systems. The Global Legal Information Network (GLIN) of the United States Law Library of Congress is also searchable on this site.
- Free Full-Text Online Law Review/Journal Search: This free search engine searches the free full-text of over 400 online law reviews and law journals, as well as document repositories hosting academic papers and related publications such as Congressional Research Service reports.
- Law Reviews with Online Content: Links to about 150 law journals that supply, at minimum, their current issue freely available online.
- American Bar Association’s List of Approved Law Schools: Locate schools alphabetically, by location, or year approved by the ABA.
- Law Dictionary: Findlaw’s free legal dictionary from Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law (1996).
- Law Dictionary: Law.com’s free legal dictionary based on The People’s Law Dictionary by Gerald and Kathleen Hill.
- Cornell University Law Library Trial Pamphlets Collection: Contemporary accounts of American trials involving notable personages or lurid details, dating from the late 1600’s to the late 1800’s.
- Courthouse News Service: May require a subscription for some pages.
- Findlaw Top Legal Headlines: Top legal news headlines and commentary.
- com: News from the American Lawyer Media publications the National Law Journal, American Lawyer, Legal Times, New York Law Journal. Archived articles require a subscription for full text access.
- Berring’s Legal Research Podcasts: Designed to supplement the CDs entitled “Berring on Legal Research,” these podcasts can be downloaded to your computer or MP3 player.
- Finding Illinois Law: A Research Guide for Non-Lawyers: A tool designed to assist non-lawyers in finding Illinois legal information. Created by the members of CALL, the Chicago Association of Law Libraries.
- Free and Low Cost Resources for Legal Research: A list of essential sources available at low or no cost. Created by librarians at Pace Law Library.
- Introduction to Basic Legal Citation: Online Blue Book hosted by Cornell’s Legal Information Institute.
- Google Scholar: Articles and case law – free!
- Legal Practitioner’s Guide to Indian and Tribal Law Research: Kunsch’s exhaustive article from the American Indian Law Journalshould be invaluable to anyone who needs to research this specialized area of the law.
- Mobile Applications for Law Students and Lawyers: Provides information about current mobile applications that might be of interest to law students and lawyers. Download links for apps are provided for Android, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Blackberry, Palm, and other devices.
Legal Research Portals
- Cornell University Law Library Legal Research Engine: This portal to the portals allows users to search a variety of legal research guides from one search box, the legal internet from another and the academic blawgosphere from a third.
- Courtlistener:“CourtListener is a free legal research website containing millions of legal opinions from federal and state courts. With CourtListener, lawyers, journalists, academics, and the public can research an important case, stay up to date with new opinions as they are filed, or do deep analysis using our raw data.” Courtlistener is part of the Free Law
- com: Offers access to “court case information, rules, and forms, property, recordings, liens, criminal business, licensing/disciplinary, and people records.” Unlimited free access is available to anyone with an e-mail address ending in “.edu.”
- Findlaw: One of the original legal web sites allows you to research the law, find an expert, browse legal news.
- Free Law Project: The “Free Law Project seeks to provide free access to primary legal materials, develop legal research tools, and support academic research on legal corpora. We work diligently with volunteers to expand our efforts at building an open source, open access, legal research ecosystem. Currently, Free Law Project sponsors the development of CourtListener, Juriscraper, and RECAP.”
- org: A portal for U.S. and International legal resources.
- Legal Information Institute: Cornell Law School’s legal information portal, with extensive state and federal legal resources.
- com: Law Library Resource Xchange, a collection of legal research guides, tips, product reviews, technology updates.
- org: Search the U.S. Code and more than 600,000 United States Supreme Court and United States Courts of Appeals opinions. United States Reports opinions through 2005 are available, and Federal Reporter 3rd opinions are current as of early 2007. Search by case name, citation or full-text searches.
- Public Library of Law: Free access to cases from the U.S. Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, all 50 states (from 1997-present), plus Federal statutory law, codes from all 50 states, constitutions, court rules, and regulations.
- Washlaw: The legal research portal developed by the Washburn University School of Law.
- College of Charleston Libraries: From the main page, clicking on Guides will bring you to the librarians’ thoughtful and extensive collection of LibGuides. If you are a Friend of the Library, you can use the online library databases, which are otherwise password protected, in the library.
- Daniel Library – The Citadel: Of the multitude of databases that are displayed here, many are freely available to the public.
- Law School Library and State Law Library Catalogs: Connect to all the law school library and state law library catalogs from another excellent site maintained by the folks at Washburn University School of Law.
- Medical University of South Carolina Library: The MUSC library offers a wealth of medical material. While much of it is password-protected, many resources are freely available to the public. Go to http://musc.libguides.com/index.phpto get plugged into the excellent series of research guides produced by the MUSC librarians.
- BitLaw: A resource on technology and intellectual property law.
- Class Action Litigation Information: Privately maintained site may provide useful class action litigation information.
- Pipl: Search the “deep web” for anyone in the United States.
- Pattern Jury Instructions for Federal Criminal Cases, District of South Carolina: Resource to aid compiling proposed instructions for consideration by presiding judge. Online edition is current through November 2020.
- Chronicling America Historic American Newspapers: This resource, from the Library of Congress, allows searching of historic newspaper pages from 1836-1922 or using the Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690 and the present.
- Google News: Create your own news page, brought to you by Google.
- Free Patents Online: Search for patents
- Google Patents: Search for patents.
- Patent Full-Text and Full-Page Image DatabasesSearch for patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Practical Information for Law Students
- ABA Law Student Website: Contains job leads, internship postings, study aids and other career tools. In addition, the site offers law students free ABA membership, free membership to five ABA practice specialty groups, and free access to Quimbee study tools.
- Stanford Law School Mills Legal Clinic: Stanford Law School’s business clinic has made available its forms and sample documents for non-profit organizations.
- com: Search the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th ed. (2000) and Roget’s New Millennium Thesaurus.
- Merriam-Webster Online: Search the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary or Thesaurus; dictionary has audio pronunciation feature.
- Wolfram Alpha: Computational Answer Generator.
- Zip Codes: Find a zip code through the U.S. Postal Service website.
- Anglo-American Legal Tradition: Site makes available 3,000,000 digitized images of documents from the U.K. National archives between the years 1218 and 1650. The documents include a wide range of series from both common law and equity courts and from the exchequer. The documents are relevant primarily to those engaged in legal, governmental, economic, religious, social, and local history.
- Avalon Project: From the Code of Hammurabi to the report of the 9/11 commission, this site, the creation of Yale Law School’s Lillian Goldman Library, provides access to legal, historical, political, and diplomatic documents from 4000 BCE to the 21st century. Hotlinks to supporting documents and definitions enhance the collection’s usefulness.
- Econ Papers: EconPapers provides access to RePEc, the world’s largest collection of on-line Economics working papers, journal articles and software.
- ERIC Institute of Education Sciences: Complete database on educational materials from the Education Resources Information Center.
- English Reports, 1220 to 1873: Free access to the English Reports from 1220-1873, available from the Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII). The English Reports database contains 124,882 cases. Full text searching is available.
- Founders’ Constitution: Provides the historical documents which informed the drafting and administration of the U.S. Constitution from the early 17th century to the 1830’s.
- Hathi Trust: The Hathi Trust is a consortium of research libraries, created to digitize and make accessible the collections held by those libraries. Many of the texts are unavailable for full text uses because of copyright restrictions; however, all the texts are open to searching inside the text, and the user is directed where to search for copies of the texts.
- Leon E. Bloch Law Library Sir Edward Coke Collection: Read and search digitized versions of the Institutesor the Reports of the famed 18th century British jurist. From the University of Missouri Digital Library.
- National Bureau of Economic Research: The National Bureau of Economic Research is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of how the economy works. Their research is conducted by more than 600 university professors around the country, the leading scholars in their fields. NBER researchers initially report their findings in scientific papers aimed at other professional economists in academic institutions, business, government, and the business media around the world. Nearly 500 NBER Working Papers are published each year, and many subsequently appear in scholarly journals.
- NELLCO Legal Scholarship Repository: The NELLCO Legal Scholarship Repository provides free access to working papers, reports, lecture series, workshop presentations, and other scholarship created by faculty at NELLCO member schools.
- PLos One: PLOS ONE is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication. PLOS ONE welcomes reports on primary research from any scientific discipline.
- Policy Archive: A comprehensive digital library of public policy research containing over 30,000 documents.
- Project Gutenberg: Over 100,000 out-of-copyright titles from the first producer of free e-books. Primarily literary titles, with a smattering of scientific works.
- PsycINFO: Produced by the American Psychological Association, PsycINFO®is an expansive abstracting and indexing database with more than 3 million records devoted to peer-reviewed literature in the behavioral sciences and mental health, making it an ideal discovery and linking tool for scholarly research in a host of disciplines.
- PubMed: PubMed comprises more than 24 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher websites.
- Social Science Research Network: Search scholarly legal articles in progress or already published, many downloadable for free.
- com: Competent search engine has lost its annoying butler.
- DRAGNET: Search engine developed by librarians at New York Law School searches free legal resource databases selected by the librarians.
- Google: The search engine that’s also a verb; try the advanced search page for more powerful searching.
- Google Scholar: Search Legal Opinions and Journals for free resources without the editorial enhancements of Wexis, but with a better search engine.
South Carolina Legal Research
- Federal and State Court Case Dockets and Filings: Legal Dockets Online links to the USSC, federal courts of appeal and district courts, as well as South Carolina Circuit Courts. Search for cases by case number, party name, file date.
- Official Web Site of the State of South Carolina: South Carolina’s portal links to all state agencies and provides access to online services including locating licensed professionals and searching business filings.
- South Carolina Administrative Law Court: Decisions of the state administrative law judges, dating back to 2001. Search or browse by year.
- South Carolina Association of Counties: Links to all South Carolina counties’ websites, listing of municipalities by county.
- South Carolina Attorney General: Find opinions of the Attorney General dating back to 2005, current cases in the Attorney General’s Office and state securities commissioner decisions.
- South Carolina Code of Regulations: Browse the regulations by which the state enforces its laws. When last visited, the site was current as of September 23, 2011.
- South Carolina Judicial Department: Portal for South Carolina’s courts yields searchable Supreme Court and Court of Appeals decisions dating back to 1997, trial court information, Bar admissions, court rules, and maps and locations.
- South Carolina Judicial Department – Forms: Court-approved forms in Word or html format.
- South Carolina House of Representatives: Find your representative, House Committees and Rules, House journals and calendar.
- South Carolina Legislature Online: Site provides searchable access to the South Carolina Code of Laws, the South Carolina Code of Regulations and the South Carolina Constitution, session laws, as well as look-up and tracking features on current bills.
- South Carolina State Agency Databases: An annotated list of databases produced by South Carolina State Agencies listed by originating agency.
- South Carolina Secretary of State: This site provides a wealth of information, including a corporation search which yields the registered agent and the state documentary record for the corporation searched; a search for UCC filings; and a charity search.
- South Carolina Vital Records: Online source for birth, death, and marriage certificates, as well as divorce records. A service of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control.
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit: Find Fourth Circuit rules, forms, and opinions.
- United States District Court District of South Carolina Charleston Division: Rules, forms, standing orders.
Specialty Practice Topics
- American Bankruptcy Institute: Much of the content of this site is password-protected, but a significant portion, including legislation relevant to insolvency practice, is not.
- American Immigration Lawyers Association: The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) is the national association of immigration lawyers and law professors who practice and teach immigration law. Their site features a full text resource guide examining the issues around immigration law reform. The site also includes a searchable directory of immigration lawyers and a page of related web links. Parts of the site are restricted to members only.
- Animal Law Resource Center: A website of the Animal Law Resource Center provides access to information about legislation and legal matters pertaining to animals. All information on proposed federal and state legislation, state and federal laws, case law summaries, and bibliography of animal law resources may be accessed free of charge. Animal law impacts many areas of legal practice, including criminal law, contracts, torts, sales, and professional licensing and more. The Animal Law Resource Center also offers model laws on a broad spectrum of animal issues, including animal cruelty, animal control, laboratory animal welfare, and the use of animals in education and product testing.
- National Drug Court Resource Center: The National Drug Court Resource Center is a virtual library of publications, factsheets, information on other drug courts, and sample forms. NDCRC includes information for both state and tribal drug court programs, as well as other restorative justice courts. NDCRC is hosted by the National Drug Court Institute, a professional services branch of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.
- Online Ethics Center for Engineering and Science: An electronic repository of resources on science, engineering, and research ethics, for engineers, scientists, scholar, educators, students and interested citizens.
- Rutgers University School of Law Animal Rights Law Project: Advocacy for animal rights.
State Legal Research
- Court Records Free Reference and Directory: Contains useful information about every state and county court in the United States, and links to online court record search services.
- New York Codes, Rules & Regulations: The NYCRR primarily contains state agency rules and regulations adopted under the State Administrative Procedure Act (SAPA). The 22 Titles include one for each state department, one for miscellaneous agencies and one for the Judiciary.
- resource.org: This public interest site publishes state and municipal public safety codes from every state.
- Public Access to Court Records State Court Links: From the National Center for State Courts, links to court docket sheet databases in most of the states. Annotations about each database allow you to preview coverage and any special features, such as case notification services.
- State Agency Databases: This resource contains links to useful state agency databases for the 50 states plus the District of Columbia. Compiled by volunteers from the Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) of the American Library Association.
- State Legislative History Research Guides On the Web: Compiled by Jennifer Bryan Moore of the Indiana University School of Law Library – Bloomington, this guide provides links to legislative history research guides for all 50 states.
- Thomas Woodward Houghton 50 State Ethics Guide: View Ethic related resources from all 50 states. This guide collects key information about legal ethics and professional responsibility from across the country as well as provides access to ABA ethics information and select ethics titles held by Tarlton Law Library.
- 2010 Census: The 2010 federal count of the United States population offers statistics and interactive tools which allow relational searches.
- American Fact Finder: Provides a plethora of data about the American population, drawn from the 2010 census.
- Arrest Data Analysis Tool: According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics web site, “[t]his dynamic data analysis tool allows you to generate tables and figures of arrest data from 1980 onward. You can view national arrest estimates, customized either by age and sex or by age group and race, for many offenses. This tool also enables you to view data on local arrests.
- UnctadStat: Statistical data on worldwide trade from the United Nations Commission on Trade and Development.
United States Military Law
- Military Legal Resources: Published by the U.S. Library of Congress, provides digital access to the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Legal Center and School Library’s holdings.
United States Supreme Court
- Findlaw’s Supreme Court Center: Search for U.S. Supreme Court opinions back to 1893 and find U.S. Supreme Court briefs beginning with the 1999-2000 term.
- Oyez: “…[A] complete and authoritative source for all audio recorded in the Court since the installation of a recording system in October 1955.”
- SCOTUS Blog – This Week’s Arguments Audio: Listen to the arguments made in front of the court and search the archives.
- Supreme Court Appointment Process: roles of the President, Judiciary Committee, and Senate: CRS Report from Congress, updated July 6, 2005.
- Supreme Court Collection: Find the current and notable historic decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court at Cornell’s Legal Information Institute website.
- Supreme Court Historical Society: Information about the history and heritage of the U.S. Supreme Court.
- Supreme Court Nominations: U.S. Senate chart, including vote on nominations officially submitted to the U.S. Senate.
- Supreme Court Nominations – Confirmed: Floor debates, votes, hearing transcripts of nominees confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
- Supreme Court Nominations – Not Confirmed or Withdrawn: Floor debates, votes, hearing transcripts of nominees either not confirmed by the U.S. Senate or withdrawn from consideration.
- Supreme Court Nominations Not Confirmed: 1789-2004: CRS Report updated Mar. 21, 2005.
- United States Supreme Court: Find docket, opinions, court calendar, and court rules at the official site for the Supreme Court of the United States.
HOURS OF OPERATION
- Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
- Friday: 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
- Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
- Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
EXTENDED EXAM HOURS
- Monday – Thursday: 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
- Friday: 7:30 a.m. -12:00 a.m.
- Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m.
- Sunday: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.
Returning all books used in the Library or checked out: Hand book directly to attendant.
Checking into a study room: Have your room number and school ID ready. The group member who made the booking should be the member checking in at the desk. The staff member on duty will give you a key to unlock the study room. All keys are sanitized after each use.
Checking out of a study room: Use the link in your email to check out. Be sure to lock the door behind you. The group member with the key should proceed directly to the circulation desk. Return the keys to the circulation desk.
Checking out a Course Reserve: Have the title and your ID ready and let the staff member on duty know what you need. Course Reserve titles can be borrowed for three hours and will be sanitized upon their return.
Checking out materials other than Course Reserves: All library materials (including in library use items) must be checked out at the circulation desk or the self-check-out machine. If you need assistance locating a resource, please have titles and call numbers ready. The staff member on duty at the Circulation or Reference desk will be happy to assist you.
- General Collection materials can be checked out for 3 weeks.
- Study Aid materials can be checked out for 3 days. You may check out two Study Aids at a time.