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If you are starting off your practice on a shoestring budget, don’t fear, you can still do legal research without making a major investment. Tools span far and wide – from free services, such as Google Scholar or research in your local trial court library to more robust tools such as Lexis and Westlaw. Here are a few articles as well as a listing of products/providers to help inform your decisions.


Legal Research Tools

Internet Legal Research on a Budget (ABA Law Practice Today)

How to Use Google Like a Pro … Lawyer! (Webinars for Busy Lawyers)


Fastcase (Massachusetts Bar Association & Social Law Library member benefit)

Google Scholar

LexisNexis Advance

MCLE New England

Social Law Library – Fastcase and other databases

Trial Court Libraries

Westlaw Next


Internet Legal Research on a Budget: Free and Low-Cost Resources for Lawyers (Carole A. Levitt & Judy Davis, American Bar Association)

Find Info Like a Pro: Mining the Internet’s Publicly Available Resources for Investigative Research (Carole A. Levitt & Mark Rosch, American Bar Association)

Google for Lawyers: Essential Search Tips and Productivity Tools (Carole A. Levitt & Mark Rosch, American Bar Association)

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