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.

Generally

Legal Resource Tools

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

Products/Providers

Fastcase (Massachusetts Bar Association member benefit)

Google Scholar

LexisNexis Advance

MCLE New England

Social Law Library – Fastcase and other databases

Trial Court Libraries

Westlaw Next

FURTHER READING FROM OUR LENDING LIBRARY 

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)