Legal Research Sources
Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries
This excellent starting point for Massachusetts legal research includes numerous research guides on Massachusetts law, links to primary source materials such as Massachusetts city and town bylaws, and (with free membership) remote access to HeinOnline. Many of these libraries also offer free onsite access to LexisNexis and Westlaw.
Contents include state appellate and supreme court cases since 1950, federal cases since 1923, and Supreme Court cases from 1791.
Public Library of Law
Search cases from the U.S. Supreme Court (1791–present), U.S. Courts of Appeals (generally 1950–present), and state appellate courts (1997–present). Follow links to federal and state statutes, regulations, constitutions, and court rules.
Congress.gov (formerly Thomas)
This is a great source for federal legislative information, including Senate and House bills, reports, and debates.
FDsys (formerly GPO Access)
Another great source for federal legal research, this site also has executive resources like federal regulations and presidential documents.
Suffolk Law students can access these databases from both on and off campus from the Research Databases page.
This new resource has full-text federal and state cases and statutes; BCite citator tool for cases; sample forms and documents; federal and state court dockets; legal news and analysis; select books and treatises; topical practice centers; and advanced search features.
Social Law Library
Includes Massachusetts cases, statutes, regulations, and decisions of administrative agencies—which can be very difficult to find elsewhere.
Offers older materials not found in other databases, and every
document is a PDF of the original. Features law review articles, federal administrative law (regulations and agency decisions) and legislative material (Congressional Record and legislative histories), English Reports, and more.
These databases provide news—usually updated weekly—and limited primary source materials in numerous subject areas. They are an excellent way to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in areas of law that interest you.
Access more than 150 titles on Massachusetts law that provide expert analysis with citations to primary sources and often include useful forms.