Free Resources and Research Guides

Washington State:        

          Washington State Law Library:          http://www.courts.wa.gov/library/

          Access Washington:                          www.access.wa.gov      

          Courts:                                             www.courts.wa.gov

          Legislation:  TVW Scout                   http://scout.tvw.org/account/signin

          Municipal Research Service:              http://www.mrsc.org/

          Other:                                               www.WashingtonLawHelp.org 

          Federal Law:                                     http://beta.congress.gov/


General Springboards:

          Dogpile:                            www.dogpile.com         

          Google Scholar:                http://scholar.google.com/

          Findlaw:                            http://public.findlaw.com/          

          Justia:                                http://www.justia.com/
          Recap The Law                 www.recapthelaw.org

          UW Law School Research

          Guides:                              http://lib.law.washington.edu/ref/guides.html     

          Cornell Law School          http://www.law.cornell.edu/index.html  

          The Public Library of Law: http://www.plol.org/Pages/Search.aspx

          Court Listener:                  https://www.courtlistener.com/

 

WSBA – Casemaker 
(Free to members of the WSBA or Legal Research students)

                http://www.wsba.org/Resources-and-Services/Casemaker-Legal-Research

 

Legal Research Guides:
    SMU Criminal Justice: http://stmartin.libguides.com/CriminalJustice
    SMU LexisNexis Academic Database to "Look up a Legal Case” and Law Reviews
    UW Law School Gallagher Law Library (Bluebook 101)
          https://lib.law.washington.edu/content/guides/bluebook-101#
    Findlaw: www.finddlaw.com
    Lawcrawler: http://web.lawcrawler.com/
    Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/


FEE BASED:

          Free Training at Washington State Library [RSVP @ 357-2136]*

          Westlaw* - Free on-line training at:          http://training.westlaw.com/

          LoisLaw* - WSBA Deskbooks and CLE materials

          LexisNexis – Free on-line training at:        

 http://www.lexisnexis.com/university/Catalogue.aspx?product=lexis.com

          Finding People:  www.peoplesearch.com and www.zabasearch.com

          Nolo:  http://www.nolo.com/

 

LEGAL WRITING TIPS:


Washington State Court of Appeals, Div. I:  “Brief Writing – Best Practices”              (http://www.courts.wa.gov/appellate_trial_courts/?fa=atc.display_divs&folderID=div1&fileID=briefWriting)


Federal:
“Top ten legal writing hints when the audience is a cranky federal trial judge”

(http://herculesandtheumpire.com/2013/06/20/top-ten-legal-writing-hints-when-the-audience-is-a-cranky-federal-trial-judge/)