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.
(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.
Allows you to create your own personalized legal documents specific to your state/province and personal situation.
Web Resources (Massachusetts)
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.
Find practical, easy to understand information about your legal rights in Massachusetts.
Find extensive legal materials about laws affecting low-income residents in MA.
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.
360 Gorham St
Open Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm
Web Resources (General Law)
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.
Search for lawyers based on legal issue, location, language, methods of acceptable payment, and law firm vs. single lawyer.
Access to sample business contracts that you can browse easily by topic, industry, or company, as well as state and federal court forms.
Annotated guide to sources of information on government and law available online. Includes selected links to useful and reliable sites for legal information.
A guide for non-lawyers, created by the the American Association of Law Libraries.
The ILRG lists compilations of forms from various legal sites. All available for no fee.
Comprehensive set of legal resources from the Cornell University Law School.
Documentation service helps users prepare a wide range of legal documents such as wills, living trusts, incorporation papers, immigration filings, and more.
Top publisher of popular legal guides gives quick answers to common legal questions.
Official compilation and codification of the general and permanent federal laws of the U.S.
Find info on online registration and publications including informational circulars, application forms for copyright registration, and links to the copyright law.
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.
Please note that while our website does contain a small number of outside curated links (primarily to local, governmental, and non-profit sites covering subjects of interest to our patrons), we regret that we are unable to spend the time to fully evaluate unsolicited links that are sent to us for inclusion on our site; therefore we do not act on these recommendations.
Updated 5/24/2023. J.R.