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Library E-Resources



Gale Criminal Justice Collection

Whether studying to become a lawyer or law enforcement officer, paralegal, or for a career in Homeland Security, this collection rises to the challenge. Users have access to hundreds of full-text journals.

Library E-Resources

(from Boston Public Library)


Massachusetts residents are eligible to use the Boston Public Library's (BPL) online databases. you will need a BPL card to access these resources. If you do not already have a BPL e-card, you can register for one by clicking here.


Access all of BPL e-resources here.



Law Depot

Allows you to create your own personalized legal documents specific to your state/province and personal situation.

This resource requires you to create an individual RBDigital account, if you don't already have one from RBDigital Audiobooks and Magazines.

Web Resources (Massachusetts)


Forum for Mass Law

Forum for answers to your legal questions along with an archive of previously answered questions. Also has a "Find Lawyers in MA" feature to match you witha lawyer based on your legal issue.


Massachusetts General Laws

Available in the library's Reference collection and online.


Massachusetts Laws by Subject and Name



Breaks down specific MA laws in the most frequently asked about subject areas.


Massachusetts Legal Forms


Mass Legal Help

Find practical, easy to understand information about your legal rights in Massachusetts.


Massachusetts Legal Services

Find extensive legal materials about laws affecting low-income residents in MA.


Massachusetts Trial Court Libraries

The best starting place for Massachusetts legal research.


Massachusetts City & Town By-Laws





Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries


A system of 17 libraries throughout Massachusetts, they are funded through the state budget and there are no charges for the services provided.


  • Provides free access to legal databases such as Westlaw and Lexis.

  • Will e-mail cases and articles directly to you.

  • Provides expert legal reference skills to streamline your research.

  • Allows you to request or renew books through their online library catalog.


Nearest location:


Lowell Law Library

360 Gorham St


Open Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm



Web Resources (General Law)



American Law Sources Online (ALSO)

Provides a comprehensive, uniform, and useful compilation of links to all on-line sources of American law that are available without charge.

American Association of Law Libraries - Public Library Toolkit

A toolkit meant to help public librarians understand the process of legal research, effectively develop and use the information located within their libraries, utilize information located outside their libraries, with the end goal of helping the patron locate the legal information they need. There are also state-specific toolkits and includes Massachusetts.


Good source for family law information. Includes resources for each individual state.


Duhaime's Law Dictionary

The oldest online law dictionary (since 1992). Authoritative and uses plain language. Provided free of charge by lawyer Lloyd Duhaime.


FindLaw Lawyer Dictionary

Search for lawyers based on legal issue, location, language, methods of acceptable payment, and law firm vs. single lawyer.


FindLaw Court Forms

Includes court forms for federal appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts. The state forms collection contains court forms for state courts.


Guide to Online Law (Library of Congress)

Annotated guide to sources of information on government and law available online. Includes selected links to useful and reliable sites for legal information.


How to Research a Legal Problem

A guide for non-lawyers, created by the the American Association of Law Libraries.


Internet Legal Research Group Legal Forms

The ILRG lists compilations of forms from various legal sites. All available for no fee.


Legal Information Institute

Comprehensive set of legal resources from the Cornell University Law School.


Legal Zoom

Documentation service helps users prepare a wide range of legal documents such as wills, living trusts, incorporation papers, immigration filings, and more.

Newton Public Library Basic Law Research Guide

Compiled by the staff of the Newton Public Library, contains many useful law links, forms, and places to go for legal help.


NOLO Legal Articles and FAQs

Top publisher of popular legal guides gives quick answers to common legal questions.

Public Library of Law

World's largest online database of free law. Brings free materials from across the Web together in one place and adds hundreds of law volumes that previously were only available with a subscription. Online access includes:

  • Cases from the U.S. Supreme Court and Courts of Appeals

  • Cases from all 50 states back to 1997

  • Federal statutory law and codes from all 50 states

  • Regulations, court rules, constitutions, and more!


United States Code of Law

Official compilation and codification of the general and permanent federal laws of the U.S.


U.S. Copyright Law

Find info on online registration and publications including informational circulars, application forms for copyright registration, and links to the copyright law.


U.S. Supreme Court Decisions

Searchable database of the Supreme Court decisions since 1893. Browsable by year and U.S Reports volume number, and searchable by citation, case title, and full text.






Last edited 3/14/2019. Jeremy Robichaud

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