General Research and Legal Resources

Legal Research Sites

Comprehensive site and search engine. A good place to start legal research.
Web information portal for U.S. Federal Government. Users can search by typing keyword/phrase or by browsing through predefined topics.
Database of legal and government information and guide to law-related discussion groups.

Real time legal news and research site from the University of Pittsburg School of Law.

Legal Information Institute
Good collection of U.S. laws and court decisions from Cornell Law School.

Legal research guides for domestic, international, and foreign law, as well as a finding tool for state court rules, forms, and dockets.

California Courts
Links to California Superior Courts, Courts of Appeals, and Supreme Court web sites.

California Lawyers
State Bar of California Members records online. Searchable by name or by state bar number.

California State Assemby Members
Links to Assembly Member’s Home Page and includes biography and email address.

California State Senators
Links to Senator’s Home Page and includes biography and email address.

Federal Courts
Links to a clearinghouse for information from and about the Judicial Branch of the U.S. Government, maintained by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts.

Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Locator
Nationwide directory of lawyers, searchable by individual name, firm name, and practice area.

United States Representatives
Provides contact information for members of the U.S. House of Representatives.

United States Senators
Provides contact information for U.S. Senate members searchable by name or by state.
Contains excellent reference works including American Heritage Dictionary, Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, Columbia Encyclopedia, Robert’s Rules of Order, Roget’s II: The New Thesaurus, Strunk’s Elements of Style, and World Factbook.

LII’s Introduction to Legal Citation
Peter W. Martin’s primer on citation was updated in 2011 and is based on the 19th edition of the Bluebook and the 4th edition of the ALWD Citation Manual.

Zimmerman’s Research Guides
An online encyclopedia for legal researchers by Andrew Zimmerman. Users can search by keyword/phrase or browse by topic.