Any attempt to do efficient, cost-effective legal research probably will include use of print materials in a law library, including secondary sources and current awareness tools, as well as primary legal materials. This session will focus on resources available for free, usually online, via Internet.
Please note: Everything is not available for free on the Internet, as document (Isn't everything online and free?) from the Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries explains.
Traditionally, many federal government publications (such as The Congressional Record and Congressional committee reports) were available for free public access at libraries that participated in the Federal Depository Library Program. However, the transition to electronic (often electronic-only) distribution has been under way for many years; and in most cases, access is easier online for any citizen who has Internet access. This session will include the significant group of federal legal materials available online from the Government Printing Office.
The Pappas Law Library and other BU libraries provide access to a vast array of resources through commercial publishers and database providers. From a student perspective, many of these may appear essentially free of charge, as access is based on network access or (in the case of Lexis, Westlaw and Bloomberg Law) personal passwords for which students pay no fee beyond a contribution the overhead costs that are included in tuition. Regardless how it seems in a law school setting, such access can be very costly in a law firm, corporation or other setting. This session will avoid these resources, except for comparison to free or lower cost alternatives.
Use the free Internet resources linked to this guide to retrieve the sources listed on this Word document.
Insert here and note due date.
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