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Guide to Free Online Legal Resources: Primary Sources of Law

This guide directs legal researchers to the best websites for locating legal information for free on the Web. It includes finding tools and legal search engines as well as primary sources from our three branches of government, both state and federal.

Specific Primary Sources

Select a link below to be directed to that page for more information.

What Are Primary Sources?

Primary sources are the actual laws and rules themselves that tell us what we can and cannot do.  The four primary sources are cases, statutes, regulations, and constitutions. These laws and rules are issued by official bodies from the three branches of government.




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