Meta-Index for U.S. Legal Research
- This page illustrates the use of searchable legal indexes
on the World Wide Web. Only specifically legal
indexes in the U.S. are included. Please note that many of the search
tools here have additional search options available and that to
derive full benefit from them you should visit the original
- This page simply links to search tools at other sites. The
search results returned from each site vary in quality
depending on the search tool in use.
- Try Google for a generic search.
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indexes which have not been included, or have other comments,
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with the version released on February 8, 1999 (Revision: 19990208.x and
- This effort was inspired by CUI's
Use of this index: Each search tool starts with a "default"
entry as an example. If you want to see the kind of information returned by each
tool, simply select the Search button. If you have a specific search in mind,
enter it in the space provided, and then select the Search button. Selecting
the Default button will return the search entry to its default. For more
information about each search tool, select its link. All default searches in the "Judicial Opinions" section
were successfully completed on 03/16/2002, unless otherwise noted. A few,
apparently broken, search tools have been temporarily removed.
- U.S. Supreme
Court Opinions from FindLaw
FindLaw's searchable database of Supreme Court decisions since
1937 (U.S. Supreme Court Decisions: US Reports 300-, 1937-).
Browsable by year and US Reports volume number and searchable by
citation, case title and full text.
U.S. Supreme Court
opinions from Cornell's Legal Information Institute.
This is the combined search for all current and historic decisions, which will
take you to a page with many more options.
Circuit Opinions (1995-08/2001), from Emory
University School of Law. Later Federal Circuit Opinions are available at the Georgetown University Law Center and
at the Federal Circuit's own
site. Neither of the latter is usefully searchable.
Circuit Opinions (1995-07/2001), from Emory University School of Law.
Circuit Opinions, from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First
Opinions, from Touro Law Center (visit this
site at your own risk!).
Circuit Opinions, from Villanova
University School of Law. The search searches the Villanova Law School website, and so returns more than just opinions of the 3rd Circuit. (Including "3d" as a search term apparently works to exclude irrelevant hits.)
4th Circuit Opinions, from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. The court's website offers a number of search options; this example is of a command-based query (which itself has many more options).
4th Circuit Opinions (1995-07/2001), from Emory University School of Law.
5th Circuit Opinions, from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. There are other search options available at the court's website; this is an example of a command-based query (which itself has more options).
6th Circuit Opinions, from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
6th Circuit Opinions (1995-06/1999), from Emory University School of Law.
Opinions, from Chicago-Kent College of
Law. Advanced search options are available.
8th Circuit Opinions, from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
9th Circuit Opinions, from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
10th Circuit Opinions before October 1, 1997, from Emory University School of Law.
Opinions after October 1, 1997, from Washburn University School of Law.
Advanced search options are available.
11th Circuit Opinions, from Emory University School of Law.
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Other Legal Sources
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- Findlaw, an index to many legal sources.
This resource will find links to primary legal sources,
government resources, World Wide Web sites, publications, law
school course outlines, software, mailing lists, Usenet
discussion groups, and related FindLaw pages. The example search is of "Legal Websites." Visit the site directly for many more options.
- Law Reviews from FindLaw.
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