December 20, 2016

How to Conduct Free Legal Research Online Using Law.gov

Barbara Bavis

In my capacity at the Law Library of Congress, the largest law library in the world, my responsibilities include creating and delivering legal research presentations for our patrons, providing reference assistance at the reference desk, and fashioning research guides that pull from both our extensive print collection and online resources. One aspect of these duties I find incredibly rewarding is showing our patrons not only how much of this research can be done for free, but also how our website, Law.gov, can be used to complete this research. While I would urge readers to explore Law.gov generally, to see all of the resources that the Law Library of Congress offers, I am going to focus on two aspects that I think are of particular interest to researchers hoping to conduct the bulk of their legal research online using free resources—the Guide to Law Online and In Custodia Legis, the blog of the Law Library of Congress.

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