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Free/Low-Cost Legal Research on the Internet: Articles and Journals

Finding Books and Journals

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HeinOnline has a number of libraries within their database with full text PDFs of legal books.  To use the HeinOnline database, you must be an Oklahoma City University law student, faculty member, or using one of our public access computers. For more information about HeinOnline, please consult the HeinOnline LibGuide.



Clifton Barnes, Google Scholar: How Will it Change the Legal Research Landscape, Bar Leader, Apr. 2010.

Kyle K. Courtney, Commentary: Google’s Free Legal Research Database, Mass. Lawyer’s Weekly, Dec. 28, 2009.

Tom Gaylord, Federal Legislative History-Free Tools at Your Fingertips: Great (and Free) Web-Based Resources Can Help the Researcher of Federal Legislative History Get Well Underway,98  Ill. B.J, May 2010 at 264.

Helen W. Gunnarsson, The Internet:  Your (Mostly Free) Private Investigator: An Amazing Amount of Information about Parties, Witnesses, Clients, Businesses and more Resides on the Internet. And much of the Best Stuff Doesn't Cost a Dime. Here's How to Find it, 98 Ill. B.J., Apr. 2010, at 184.

 Lisa Healy and Julie Baker, Commentary: Write On: Beyond the Basics: Free Online Legal Resources, Mass. Lawyer’s Weekly , Oct. 19, 2009.

Ellie Margolis, Surfin' Safari—Why Competent Lawyers Should Research on the Web, 10 Yale J. L. & Tech. 82 (2007).

Kip Mendrygal, Free Web Resources for Legal Research, N.J. L. J., June 2010.

Tom Mighell, Find it for Free (or Cheap) on the Internet, 75 Okla. Bar J. 2863 (2004).

Shawn G. Nevers,  Free and Low-Cost Research Resources for any Budget, 38 Student Lawyer, Aug. 2010, at 8.

Lee F. Peoples, The Trials and Tribulations of Internet Research 76 Okla. Bar J. 2635 (2005).

David Hall, Google, Westlaw, LexisNexis, and Open Access: How the Demand for Free Legal Research Will Change the Legal Profession, 26 Syracuse Sci. & Tech. L. Rep. 53 (2012).

Laura K. Justiss, A Survey of Electronic Research Alternatives to LexisNexis and Westlaw in Law Firms, 103 Law Libr. J. 71 (2011)

Kathryn Hensiak, Using the Web for Free Legal Research: A Comparison of Findlaw, Lexisone, and the Legal Information Institute Websites, 5 Marq. Elder's Advisor 141 (2003).

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