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Law Libraries & Meta Indexes

What are Meta-Indexes?

Meta-indexes are sites that provide comprehensive links to federal and state case law, statutes, etc., usually in a format that allows you to pick one or more databases to search by keyword. Meta-indexes are a good starting point for legal research on general topics. However, if you already know the name of a case and the court it was decided in, or the citation to a particular statute that you want to retrieve, then you should proceed directly to the specific database for that court or legislative body as your search time will usually be less than if you use a meta-index.

What Do Law Libraries Provide On-Line?

Law Library sites usually just provide links to other legal sites, but may also contain direct links to articles, policies, statutes, etc. For example, the Legal Information Institute of the Cornell Law School provides information on the following topics, in addition to links to outside legal sources:

  1. Law of Commercial Transactions (including banking, borrowing, contracts, consumer law, landlord-tenant, money, real estate transactions)
  2. Enterprise Law (including the financing, formation, regulation of business and non-profit entities)
  3. Law Relating to Particular Activities or Business Sectors
  4. Property, Natural Resources, the Environment
  5. Intellectual Property (copyright, patent, trademark and related state law applying to technology, the arts, literature)
  6. Taxation (federal, state, local)
  7. Constitutional Law, Individual Rights (including civil liberties and civil rights established by statute, state constitution or international law)
  8. Family Law (marriage, divorce, custody, death)
  9. Employment Law (labor law, work place safety, pensions)
  10. Accident and Injury Compensation and Prevention (torts, workers compensation)
  11. Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure
  12. Courts, Court Procedure, Evidence, Remedies, and Alternatives
  13. Governmental Organization, Power, and Procedure (administrative law, judicial administration, local government)
  14. Public Benefits, Health and Human Services (social security, welfare)
  15. Topics Important to Particular Groups of Individuals
  16. Practice of Law, Legal Education
  17. Legal Theory (jurisprudence)
  18. International, Transnational, Comparative Law

FindLaw Logo
THE directory of legal directories. Includes a searchable database of most state court decisions and federal circuit court decisions.

GSU College of Law
Meta-Index for Legal Research :- This page, provided by the Georgia State University College of Law, presents search forms for many US Federal Government law sources; each form contains sample search criteria. The judicial opinions section provides search forms for the Supreme Court as well as all Federal Circuit courts. The legislation section allows searching of the US Code, as well as searching of bills (104th Congress, both full-text and by bill number) and the full text of the Congressional Record. There are also search forms for federal regulation, people in law, and other legal sources. Users may enter search criteria directly into the forms on this meta-index page, or can follow the link to the source page for direct searching.

Full-text state statutes and legislation on the Internet :-
Contains a compilation of links to state statutes, constitutions, codes, session laws, bills, etc.

Washburn logo
Washburn Law School :- Nicely laid out links to sources of federal and state case law and legislative material.

Legal Information Institute
Legal Information Institute :- Cornell Law School provides an amazing collection of legal materials including the full text of the U.S. Constitution, selected statutes, and uniform acts presented in hypertext.

Law.com Law.com :-
News about the legal world.

Lawyer's Weekly Logo Lawyer's Weekly :-
Link to the national edition of Lawyer's Weekly as well as state editions. The "Treasure Chest" link provides a wealth of information about case law and regulatory developments.

Govspot.com logo Govspot.com :-
"GovSpot.com is a non-partisan government information portal designed to simplify the search for the best and most relevant government information online. This free resource offers a high-utility collection of top government and civic resources hand-selected by our editorial team for their quality, content and utility." (From "About Govspot.com")

CILP logo The Federal Web Locator :-
"The Federal Web Locator is a service provided by the Villanova Center for Information Law and Policy and is intended to be the one stop shopping point for federal government information on the World Wide Web. This list is maintained to bring the cyber citizen to the federal government's doorstep." (From "The Federal Web Locator")

Hieros Gamos Logo Hieros Gamos: Law & Legal Research Center :-
This website bills itself as the "#1 Legal Resource Center" and provides links to information on current legal news, legal employment, on law schools and preparing for the Bar Exams, etc.

University of Houston LogoUniversity of Houston Law Library & Legal Research Guides :-
This meta-index provides links to a variety of legal research sources and articles on a variety of legal research topics.

scales graphic overlaying a stack of paper US Legal Forms.com :-
Provides links to PDF federal and state court forms, along with relevant Frequently Asked Questions.

Cornell University Seal Cornell University Law Library Legal Research Engine
Search the top legal research web sites from one search box. Easy access to authoritative legal research guides on every subject.

Federal Statutes and Regulations

House Logo U.S. Code :-
Search the U.S. Code through the U.S. House of Representatives' Internet Law Library.

CFR Logo Code of Federal Regulations :-
You can search the CFRs by key words or citations.This site has recently been improved and is no longer experimental.

GPO Access logo Congressional Record, etc. :-
Searchable database for the Congressional Record, Federal Register and more, from the Goverment Printing Office.

Search Federal Register Federal Register :-
This service is provided by the Community of Science and allows you to search the Federal Register in any number of ways, e.g., by date, agency, title, article, or any combination.

Wheelchair Logo Americans with Disabilities Act :-
This is the U.S. Department of Justice's ADA information site.

American Law Sources On-line (ALSO) :-
"The essence of legal research in two words . . . see ALSO!" (From "Welcome to ALSO!")

THOMAS logo with picture of Jefferson THOMAS: US Congress on the Internet :-
Searchable legislative information from the United States Congress.

FERPA Online Library

Federal Courts

collumns outside couthouse Federal Judiciary Homepage :-
The U.S.Administrative Office of the Courts publishes this useful guide to the federal court system.

Eagle Middle District of North Carolina :-
The Middle District Court of North Carolina is now on line.

Supreme Court of the United States :-
This is the home page of the United States Supreme Court.

Federal Agencies

D.Ed. Logo U.S. Department of Education :-
The Department of Education provides information about its organization, personnel, programs, services, news releases, etc.

EEOC Equal Employment Opportunity Commission :-
EEOC publishes its technical guidance on such issues as sexual harassment, complying with the ADA, etc.

OSHA Logo Occupational Safety and Health Administration :-
Your friendly OSHA home page.

DOJ Logo Justice Department :-
Home page of United States Department of Justice.

North Carolina Law and Government

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NC@your service logo State of North Carolina-Public Information :-
Home page for North Carolina government.

Institute of Government North Carolina Institute of Government :-
Home page for the North Carolina Institute of Government providing a wealth of information about state and local governments as well as legal info.

North Carolina General Assembly North Carolina General Statutes :-
A list of links to North Carolina General Statutes, maintained under the authority of the North Carolina General Assembly.

Scales of Justice

North Carolina Courts

NC Court of Appeals North Carolina Court of Appeals

NC Supreme Court North Carolina Supreme Court

Other Pages of Interest

Coat of arms Catholic University of America Office of the General Counsel :-
The web page for Catholic University's General Counsel. This is one of the most comprehensive collections of law affecting higher education in existence!

Logo Maricopa Community Colleges Office of General Counsel :-
Another very fine University Attorney web page.

Logo NACUA WEB :-
The official web page for the National Association of College and University Attorneys. Inlcudes publications, membership directory, conference and CLE notices, links to other legal sources, and more.

Logo University of Texas System Office of General Counsel :-
An incredibly rich source of legal information relevant to higher education.

Gavel University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Law Links :-
This is a list of links deemed to be general utility by the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee Office of Legal Affairs.

International Court of Justice Seal International Court of Justice :-
"The International Court of Justice (ICJ), which has its seat in The Hague, is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations." (From ICJ website)