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AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION
This Association website gives you access to legal news blogs, a directory of legal blogs, as well as the American Bar Association calendar of events. Use the "Public Resources" link on the left hand side of the page to find resources on a variety of different legal topics.

CENSTATS DATABASES
CenStats databases provide US statistical data on building permits, business patterns, international trade, occupational data by race and sex, and USA counties.

Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation
The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation (popularly known as the Constitution Annotated) contains legal analysis and interpretation of the United States Constitution, based primarily on Supreme Court case law. This regularly updated resource is especially useful when researching the constitutional implications of a specific issue or topic. The Featured Topics and Cases page highlights recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions that demonstrate pivotal interpretations of the Constitution's provisions.

CORNELL UNIVERSITY LEGAL INFORMATION INSTITUTE (LII)
This website is probably the most useful site you will find. In this guide you will find information on different aspects of law, a legal citations guide, directories, glossaries, US codes & constitutions, court opinions, and much much more.

FINDLAW
Use the "Browse Legal Information" section of the home page to begin your research. The most popular topics are listed on the home page, but if you don't find the topic you are looking for try using the view all topics link. You will be prompted to enter in a zip-code or city, state as the location for the legal information you are researching.

GUIDE TO LAW ONLINE
The Guide to Law Online, prepared by the Law Library of Congress Public Services Division, is an annotated guide to sources of information on government and law available online. It includes selected links to useful and reliable sites for legal information.

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The Guide to Law Online is an annotated compendium of Internet links; a portal of Internet sources of interest to legal researchers.

WASHLAW WEB- WASHBURN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW 

From this website you will find State, Federal, and International (by country) law information. There is also directory information to find law schools, legal news, court updates, listings of law journals, and more.

Federal

CONGRESS.GOV  (Formerly THOMAS.GOV) 
This website serves to make legislative information available to the public. In this website you will find the following information: Bills, Resolutions Activity in Congress Congressional Record Schedules, Calendars, Committee Information, Presidential Nominations, Treaties, and additional Government Resources.

EVERYCRSREPORT.COM
Congressional Research Service reports are the best way for anyone to quickly get up to speed on major political issues without having to worry about spin — from the same source Congress uses. CRS is Congress’ think tank, and its reports are relied upon by academics, businesses, judges, policy advocates, students, librarians, journalists, and policymakers for accurate and timely analysis of important policy issues. The reports are not classified and do not contain individualized advice to any specific member of Congress.

GOV INFO
The GPO is the G overnment P rinting O ffice, and disseminates official information from all three branches of the Federal Government. The website GOV INFO lets you find bills, laws, codes, executive materials, case dockets, and any materials, papers, reports, or websites produced by the Federal Government.

NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORD ADMINISTRATION: CODE OF FEDERAL REGULATIONS
This is the web version of the Code of Federal Regulations. Click here for a Federal Register tutorial.

SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES
From this site you can search the Supreme Court Files & Court Docket files, find information about the Supreme Court, view text of opinions, find the Rules of the Court, and any cases in the Docket.

SOURCEBOOK OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE STATISTICS
The Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics brings together data from more than 100 published and unpublished sources about many aspects of criminal justice in the United States. Since 1973, the project has been located at the University at Albany, School of Criminal Justice, and compiled and managed by staff at the Hindelang Criminal Justice Research Center in Albany, New York.

State

RHODE ISLAND CONSTITUTION
Constitution for the State of Rhode Island.

RHODE ISLAND GENERAL LAWS
General laws of the state of Rhode Island.

RHODE ISLAND LAW & GOVERNMENT RESOURCES
Comprehensive collection of resources for Rhode Island Law and Government. Looking for a different state?

Commercial Law

COMMERCIAL LAW OVERVIEW
Commercial law governs the broad areas of business, commerce, and consumer transactions. Specific law has developed in a number of commercial fields. This guide from Cornell's Legal Information Institute is a great first step for researching all aspects of commercial law.

CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION BUREAU
Congress established the CFPB to protect consumers by carrying out federal consumer financial laws. The CFPB is responsible for:

  • Write rules, supervise companies, and enforce federal consumer financial protection laws
  • Restrict unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices
  • Take consumer complaints
  • Promote financial education
  • Research consumer behavior
  • Monitor financial markets for new risks to consumers
  • Enforce laws that outlaw discrimination and other unfair treatment in consumer finance

FINANCIAL STABILITY OVERSIGHT COUNCIL
As established under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Council provides, for the first time, comprehensive monitoring of the stability of our nation's financial system. The Council is charged with identifying risks to the financial stability of the United States; promoting market discipline; and responding to emerging risks to the stability of the United States' financial system. The Council consists of 10 voting members and 5 nonvoting members and brings together the expertise of federal financial regulators, state regulators, and an independent insurance expert appointed by the President.

INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL BANKING LAW & PRACTICE
The Institute of International Banking Law & Practice (IIBLP) is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to the harmonization of letter of credit law and practice. It specializes in letters of credit, standbys, and demand guarantees, offering an array of publications, videos, a certification program, and a global conference series dedicated to these topics.

OFFICE OF FINANCIAL RESEARCH
The Office of Financial Research (OFR) helps to promote financial stability by looking across the financial system to measure and analyze risks, perform essential research, and collect and standardize financial data. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 established the OFR to support the Financial Stability Oversight Council, the Council’s member organizations, and the public.

U.S. COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION
The Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) regulates the trading of commodity futures in the United States. Passed in 1936, it has been amended several times since then. The CEA establishes the statutory framework under which the CFTC operates. Under this Act, the CFTC has authority to establish regulations that are published in title 17 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

Health & Medical Law

HEALTH INFORMATION PRIVACY
The Office for Civil Rights enforces the HIPAA Privacy Rule, which protects the privacy of individually identifiable health information; the HIPAA Security Rule, which sets national standards for the security of electronic protected health information; the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule, which requires covered entities and business associates to provide notification following a breach of unsecured protected health information; and the confidentiality provisions of the Patient Safety Rule, which protect identifiable information being used to analyze patient safety events and improve patient safety.

HEALTH LAW RESOURCE GUIDE
Broadly defined, health law includes the law of public health, health care generally, and medical care specifically. Preserving public health is a primary duty of the state. Health regulations and laws are therefore almost all administered at the state level. Many states delegate authority to subordinate govermental agencies such as boards of health. These boards are created by legislative acts. This source is a great first step in researching health or medical law.

HIPAA: HEALTH INSURANCE PORTABILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT
Bill Summary & Status of 104th Congress (1995 - 1996) H.R.3103.

International Law

DONOVAN NUREMBERG TRIALS COLLECTION
The Donovan Nuremberg Trials collection consists of nearly 150 bound volumes of Nuremberg trial transcripts and documents from the personal archives of General William J. Donovan (1883-1959). The Donovan papers contain both original statements from the defendants in German and typed translations in English prepared by the Allies. Courtesy of Cornell University Law Library, Donovan Nuremberg Trials Collection.

EUR-LEX: ACCESS TO EUROPEAN UNION LAW
Provides access to the Official Journal of the European Union, EU law (EU treaties, directives, regulations, decisions, consolidated legislation, etc.), preparatory acts (legislative proposals, reports, green and white papers, etc.), EU case-law (judgements, orders, etc.), international agreements, EFTA documents, and other public documents.

GLOBAL HEALTH AND HUMAN RIGHTS DATABASE
The Global Health and Human Rights Database is a free online database of law from around the world relating to health and human rights. Developed by Lawyers Collective and the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University, in collaboration with a worldwide network of civil society partners, the database offers an interactive, searchable, and fully indexed website of case law, national constitutions and international instruments.

INSTITUTE OF INTERNATIONAL BANKING LAW & PRACTICE
The Institute of International Banking Law & Practice (IIBLP) is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to the harmonization of letter of credit law and practice. It specializes in letters of credit, standbys, and demand guarantees, offering an array of publications, videos, a certification program, and a global conference series dedicated to these topics.

INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE
The official website of the International Court of Justice. The Court is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. It was established by the United Nations Charter, signed in 1945 at San Francisco (United States), and began work in 1946 in the Peace Palace, The Hague (Netherlands).

The Court, which is composed of 15 judges, has a dual role: in accordance with international law, settling legal disputes between States submitted to it by them and giving advisory opinions on legal matters referred to it by duly authorized United Nations organs and specialized agencies.

INTERNATIONAL LABOUR ORGANIZATION
The main aims of the ILO are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues. This is a great source for international labor statistics, research, and publications. Includes the Labour Standards , a comprehensive system of instruments on work and social policy, backed by a supervisory system designed to address all sorts of problems in their application at the national level.

UNOG LIBRARY DISARMAMENT RESEARCH GUIDES
The UNOG Library has launched of a set of new resource guides on disarmament. They are designed to save you time by creating a central gateway for access to print and online resources on disarmament.

WIPO LEX
WIPO Lex is a one-stop search facility for national laws and treaties on intellectual property (IP) of WIPO, WTO and UN Members. It also features related information which elaborates, analyzes and interprets these laws and treaties. It provides streamlined access to reference material of key importance for optimal information on the global IP System.

Technology & Information Privacy Law

JOHN MARSHALL JOURNAL OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND PRIVACY LAW
The John Marshall Journal of Information Technology and Privacy Law is open-access and an excellent tool for those researching a variety of issues in information technology and privacy law.

Legal Citations

ELY LIBRARY LEGAL CITATION GUIDE
This guide is based on The Bluebook. For more details and examples, consult The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th ed.) 2010

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