This guides identifies resources for free or low cost legal research, providing a great way to get started with research if you don't have access to paid databases or if you want to get an overview of a topic before using potentially expensive searches.
Watch for link rot (when web pages go missing).
If a web page goes missing, try referring to the following resources:
Wayback Machine (via the Internet Archive): The Internet Archive Wayback Machine puts the history of the World Wide Web at your fingertips. The Archive contains over 100 terabytes and 10 billion web pages archived from 1996 to the present.
Cyber Cemetery: The CyberCemetery is an archive of government websites (usually defunct government agencies) that have ceased operation.
When conducting legal research on the Internet, it is important to evaluate the source of the information you intend to rely on.
Accuracy & Authority
When evaluating a site for accuracy, look at the source of the material:
When evaluating the authority of a site:
Be sure to verify the information you intend to rely upon. Check the authorities cited or linked to and search for the same information in other sources.
Currency & Coverage
Use common sense!
Evaluate the importance of the research you are conducting to help determine how careful you should be when assessing the accuracy of a site.
Discover more about the website you are viewing, including who owns the site, utilizing: Whois.com