“SEARCH FREEDOM – New online services offer law searches gratis”

An article in the ESQ section of the January 2009 issue of California Lawyer magazine offers a nice summary of free legal research case law databases.  The article, “Search Freedom – New online services offer law searches gratis,”  by Jake Widman, also reports on a survey involving Precydent and its retrieval abilities:

. . . To test Precydent’s search functions, CEO Thomas A. Smith, a professor at the University of San Diego School of Law, asked several law professors to list the cases that should come up in particular example searches. He then compared the results obtained on Precydent against those from commercial services. Precydent, according to Smith, delivers results that more closely mirror the law professors’ lists.

“Find it! Legal Research on the Web”

Find it! Legal Research on the Web

WILLIAM A. HILYERD, University of Louisville – Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, Associate Professor of Legal Bibliography.

Materials originally presented June 20, 2008 at the Kentucky Bar Association Conference. Section II contains information on locating Kentucky cases, statutes, regulations, and ordinances on the internet. Other useful Kentucky sites are also mentioned. Section III provides information on locating various types of federal law (statutes, regulations, & cases) using free sites on the internet. Section IV gives tips on using search engines, portals, and meta-sites to locate legal information. Finally, Section V discusses using free sites to locate secondary sources on the internet.

There is a lot of really good information packed into the 9 pages of this article and it is certainly must-read material for anyone researching Kentucky law.  However, I do need to correct one error:  SCOTUSblog, while a truly fantastic resource, it is not the official blog of the United States Supreme Court.

Source: LSN Legal Writing Vol. 3 No. 14,  07/28/2008