Hello fair readers!
Yes, it is Friday night. I know. But I have to work all day tomorrow. So what am I doing with my time?
That’s right. Go ahead. Laugh.
That’s right. FREE. A word that doesn’t commonly come joined with the words “legal” and “research” very often.
That’s because of these two culprits
for the most part. And not that those publishers are by any means evil…at least…I don’t think so. They just charge oodles of cash for access to legal information.
So, as you can see, I was pretty psyched when I found out about these free websites that are actually quite progressive and efficient.
The first, and probably my favourite of the two, is PreCYdent Search Engine.
So. Freaking. Cool.
You can search for opinions and statutes, and then you can rate them, tag them, create PreCYdent widgets, put a PreCYdent facebook application on your facebook page….and lots of super cool 2.0-ish tools that are usually just not connected with legal resources.
The second, also free and cool, resource is The Public Library of Law.
This has LOADS of great, easy to locate info. Case law, statues, regulations, court rules, and omg even legal forms. I’m about to pass out….seriously.
I highly recommend librarians, particularly in public libraries, check out these amazing resources. The will be great tools for members of the public to start off their legal research. They are easily searched and don’t have hidden fees…at least not that I have encountered. It’s refreshing to see the legal research world opening up to 2.0 concepts.
I have said this before, but I will always say it again…three cheers for progress!
Have a lovely weekend everyone.