American Law Sources Online
Findlaw Cases and Codes
Includes recent state and federal codes as well as full-text cases going back to 2000. A case search feature is available, but it only searches summaries of cases rather than the full-text. Provided by free through Thomson Reuters, also the parent company of Westlaw.
LII State Law Links (arranged by state)
Cornell’s Legal Information Institute provides links to state statutes grouped by subject.
Provides access to recent federal and state cases, statutes, and regulations. This is a free public resource provided by FastCase, but it does require you to register in order to view documents. For older materials that aren’t available in this database, links are provided to the regular Fastcase database where the documents can be obtained for a fee. More information <pdf>.
State Attorney General Reports & Opinions – HeinOnline
Includes all 50 states plus Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Coverage goes back to inception for many states (including NY), and content is being added to eventually provide coverage back to inception for all states. More information is available in the publisher’s pdf brochure <pdf>. Available only to current CUNY School of Law students and faculty.
Session Laws Library – HeinOnline
This library contains the session laws of all 50 U.S. states as well as Canada, Australia, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and the D.C. Register. All states are current within 60 days of the printed publication, and all states are available back to inception! Available only to current CUNY School of Law students and faculty.
State Reports: A Historical Archive – HeinOnline
State Reports: A Historical Archive provides a digital version of Hein’s State Report Checklist along with linking to the full text of historical state reports. Available only to current CUNY School of Law students and faculty.
State & Local Government Sites
Use the individual state links in the left column for extensive lists of government resources.
Links maintained by the Library of Congress.
Municipal codes for many cities and other municipalities grouped by state. Provided by the Municipal Code Corporation.
Provided by the Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C.
Maintained by the National Center for State Courts. Includes links to courts in U.S. territories.
Select the “Case Law” option to search federal and state cases by jurisdiction. A hidden menu in the upper left corner provides an advance search option. According to Google, the database includes state supreme court and appellate cases since 1950, but trial court decisions also appear in search results for some states, including N.Y.
Public Library of Law – Fastcase
Provides access to recent federal and state cases, statutes, and regulations. This is a free public resource, but it does require you to register in order to view documents. For older materials that aren’t available in this database, links are provided to the Fastcase database where the documents can be obtained for a fee. More information <pdf>.
State Legal Forms
Findlaw’s Legal Forms
State Law Research
This database version of Rich Leiter’s National Survey of State Laws provides an overall view of some of the most sought-after and controversial legal topics in the United States. Users are able to make basic state-by-state comparisons of current state laws. The new 8th edition, along with the 7th, 6th and 5th editions, are included in database format, which also allows users to compare the same laws as they existed in 2005, 2008, 2015, and 2019. All print editions are included in HeinOnline’s image-based, fully searchable, user-friendly platform. Available only to current CUNY School of Law students and faculty.
Subject Compilations of State Laws, 1960 – current – HeinOnline
According to the publisher’s description, this is a “comprehensive source for identifying thousands of articles, books, government documents, loose-leaf services, court opinions and Internet sites that compare state laws on hundreds of subjects.” Includes over 18,000 bibliographic records. When material in the record is available on HeinOnline or through other selected Internet sources, a link is provided.