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Types of Internet Sites Used for Legal Information & Research

Prepared by Frank Houdek, SIU Law Library

TYPE OF SITE EXAMPLES

GOVERNMENT SITES

Jurisdictional sites

federal examples: USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal [ www.usa.gov/ ];

GPO Access [ www.gpoaccess.gov/index.html ]

state example: State of Illinois homepage [ www.illinois.gov/ ]

municipal examples: Jackson County website [ www.co.jackson.il.us/ ];

City of Carbondale website [ www.ci.carbondale.il.us/ ]

Legislative sites

federal example: Thomas [ thomas.loc.gov/ ] (legislative information from the Library of Congress)

state example: Illinois General Assembly site [ www.ilga.gov/ ]

Judicial sites

state example: Illinois Courts [ www.state.il.us/court/ ]

federal examples: U.S. Supreme Court [ www.supremecourtus.gov/index.html ];

Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals [ www.ca7.uscourts.gov/ ]

Executive sites

federal example: The White House [ www.whitehouse.gov/ ]

state example: Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich [ www.illinois.gov/gov/ ]

INSTITUTIONAL SITES

Academic sites

examples: Cornell Legal Information Institute [ www.law.cornell.edu/ ];

Emory Electronic Reference Desk [ www.law.emory.edu/cms/site/index.php?id=2519 ]

Bar Association sites

state example: Illinois State Bar Association [ www.isba.org/ ]

national example: American Bar Association [ www.abanet.org/home.html ]

specialized examples: American Immigration Lawyers Association [ www.aila.org/ ];

National Association of Patent Practitioners [ www.napp.org/ ]

Other Associations & Organizations

example: United Inventors Association [ www.uiausa.com/ ]

UNOFFICIAL COMMERCIAL SITES

 

example: FindLaw [ www.findlaw.com/ ]

 

example: lexisONE [ www.lexisone.com/ ]

 

example: Hieros Gamos [ www.hg.org/index.html ]

 

example: LawSource.com (American Law Sources On-Line) [ www.lawsource.com/also/ ]

SITES OF PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS

Blawgs

example: How Appealing (Howard Bashman) [ howappealing.law.com/ ]

example: Jottings by an Employer's Lawyer (Michael W. Fox) [ employerslawyer.blogspot.com/ ]

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