Federal case law and court documents is often available online for free, particularly if the case was decided recently. Generally, check the website of the deciding court to see if they provide digital copies of their cases. In addition, the following resources provide free case law.
Many statutes and legislative materials are available for free online and this is only increasing over time. While you should always be careful to ensure that you confirm your findings with an authoritative version of the law, free resources can be a great starting place for statutory research.
University of Cincinnati Libraries
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