Digital Research Resources – Secondary Sources: Journals, Legal Opinions, and Dictionaries Domestic & International

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Federal Research Resources   State Research Resources Secondary Sources: Federal Data Sources Secondary Sources: Journals, Legal Opinions, and Dictionaries Domestic/International
Secondary Sources: U.S. Treaties & Foreign/International Law


Secondary Sources – Journal Search, Legal Opinions, Theses & Dissertations

While many journals are only available through paid databases, high-quality, open access journals are increasingly common. The following sources collect freely available journal articles.


The Directory of Open Access Journals database collects open access journals on all topics. The law sub-category contains 139 journals.

Visit Directory of Open Access Journals

 


Google Scholar

Google Scholar offers access to many legal documents including patents, legal opinions and journals.

Visit Google Scholar

Many JSTOR articles are only available to individuals at institutions with a JSTOR subscription. However, some are openly accessible for free. JSTOR partnered with leading presses to add open access eBooks to their collection. Thousands of titles are now available with more new titles continually added. Publishers include University of California Press, Cornell University Press, NYU Press, and University of Michigan Press.

Visit JSTOR Open Access Content

 


Open Access Theses & Dissertations indexes records of graduate-level theses that are freely available online. Information about the theses comes from over 600 colleges, universities, and research institutions. The index currently contains 1.5 million theses and dissertations.

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SSRN Legal Scholarship Network offers a large collection of working papers, both pre- and post-publication. These papers cover a range of academic subjects. The Legal Scholarship Network specifically collects law related papers.  Requires you to establish an account and membership is free.

Visit SSRN Legal Scholarship Network

 

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

 


Law.com offers a free legal dictionary that defines important legal terms. It is a good resource when getting started with a new legal topic.

Visit Law.Com's Legal Dictionary

 


WEX is the Legal Information Institute’s free legal dictionary and encyclopedia.

Visit LLI's WEX Dictionary & Encyclopedia

 


Justia also offers a legal dictionary that is searchable and browsable by major legal topics.

Visit the Justia Legal Dictionary

NOLO‘s legal encyclopedia offers articles on a wide range of practice areas. Topics include Bankruptcy, Disability law, Family Law, IP, Real Estate and Finance.

Visit NOLO

The Database of Open Access Books (doab) provides access to open access books on many topics, including law. It is searchable or browsable by title, subject or publisher.

Visit Directory of Open Access Books

Google’s News Archive allows users to search historical newspapers and retrieve scanned images; A worthwhile resource for searching PDF versions.

Visit Google News Archive

 


The Open Knowledge Worldbank Repository(OKR) contains works from 2009-2012 on topics from all regions of the world.

Visit World Bank Open Knowledge Repository

Federal Research Resources   State Research Resources Secondary Sources: Federal Data Sources Secondary Sources: Journals, Legal Opinions, and Dictionaries Domestic/International
Secondary Sources: U.S. Treaties & Foreign/International Law