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How to Conduct Free Legal Research Online

Level: Advanced
Runtime: 93 minutes
Recorded Date: March 19, 2018
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1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Law Library of Congress
  • Primary Sources: Legislative, Judicial, Executive
  • Secondary Sources
  • Tips for Searching
Runtime: 1 hour and 33 minutes
Recorded: March 19, 2018


Faculty will explain where and how to locate federal materials using free online resources from governmental entities, such as the Law Library of Congress, the Government Publishing Office (GPO), and the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the United States House of Representatives (OLRC). You'll also learn how to use non-governmental databases like Google Scholar, Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute (LII), Casetext, CourtListener, and the American Presidency Project to find helpful resources like case law, articles, executive orders, and much more.

Faculty will provide:
  • Up-to-the-minute information, highlighting both newly available resources, and updates to more established resources
  • A complete “cheat sheet” for legal or legislative research conducted outside of the main subscription databases (Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg)
  • Resources from all branches of government that are valuable in conducting legal and legislative research

With an increasing number of free legal resources—instead of resources that are only available via costly subscriptions—you can save money for your firm or organization, and pass those savings on to your clients.

Don't miss this course! Attendees often remark that this program helped them learn of new resources that they were unaware of previously.

This program was recorded on March 19th, 2018.

Provided By

American Bar Association
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Barbara Bavis

Bibliographic and Research Instruction Librarian
Law Library of Congress

Barbara Bavis is the Bibliographic and Research Instruction Librarian for the Law Library of Congress. In this position, she provides legal and legislative research presentations to a wide range of patrons, including congressional staff members, federal government employees, and members of the public.

She also provides legal research services to patrons, both at the reference desk in the Law Library Reading Room and via the Law Library’s Ask a Librarian service.

Barbara holds a B.A. in history from Duke University, a J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law, and an M.S.L.S. with a specialization in law librarianship from the Catholic University School of Library and Information Science.

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