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Legal Databases

Free Databases Available Only in the Library  Free Databases Available Outside the Library 
LexisNexis California Cases
Westlaw Nolo Legal Information Reference Center
HeinOnline California Legislative Information
CEB OnLaw Findlaw
Martin Dean's Essential Legal Forms SF Municode Library
Dissomaster SF Building and Craft Codes
Fastcase THOMAS: Federal Legislative Information

Free Legal Databases Accessible from within the Library

LexisNexis offers links to hundreds of Lexis legal databases, such as case law (including unreported cases), statutes and regulatory materials, secondary sources, and forms.  LEXIS access includes :
California Forms of Pleading and Practice, the electronic version of the extensive 55 volume print set organized by topic, searchable by word or phrase; and
Shepard's which is used to update or validate citations as well as to search for relevant case law and secondary sources.
Westlaw features include access to all federal and state case law, statutes, and regulations; citation analysis through Keycite; 18 different Rutter Group California Practice Guides; and the All Forms multibase, which combines Westlaw’s forms databases, including national and state-specific forms.  New databases have been added to our Westlaw subscription including All Briefs, CA legislative history (CA Graphical), and Federal Practice and Procedure.
HeinOnline provides full-text access to legal journals, federal statutes & regulations, agency, and legislative history materials, and other government documents. The database is searchable via full text or phrase searching, or by author/title. All law journals that are contained on HeinOnline are searchable through the San Francisco Law Library catalog. CEB OnLaw links to the California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB) online library of publications such as action guides, practice materials, and forms. The database also permits a word or issue search across all available publications and forms. Our catalog has entries for the Library’s print CEB collection as well as direct links to the CEB OnLaw database.

Martin Dean's Essential Forms enables patrons to fill out and print completed California Judicial Council Forms, San Francisco local court and other forms on the Library’s public computers. Printing costs are 20 cents per page.
Dissomaster is a California support calculation software program that produces reports to be submitted to Family Law Court.

Fastcase provides access to state and federal law documents including federal bankruptcy, tax courts, US Supreme Court, federal district and courts of appeal cases as well as federal and state statutes and regulations. Dual column printing is available as is the ability to e-mail the results to your inbox.


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Free Databases Available Outside and Inside the Library

California Cases are available for free on the California Courts website. This free resource provides access to the official published court opinions from the California Supreme Court and the appellate courts, as well as slip opinions from the last 120 days and unpublished opinions from the past 60 days. Search the published opinions by terms, citations, party names, or judges. Nolo Legal Information Reference Center contains the full text of hundreds of Nolo Press publications, the authoritative source of legal information for non-lawyers. The database also includes thousands of legal forms and other legal ebooks written for non-lawyers. Search the database by topic, Boolean operators, or SmartText (natural language).

California Legislative Information is the official site for California legislative information, including current and historical senate & assembly bills.

FindLaw is a search tool to find state, federal, and foreign legal sites. It contains recent statutes, case law, journals, legal topics, news, and discussion.

THOMAS: Federal Legislative Information provides information about federal legislation including the Congressional Record and committee information.

SF Municode Library provides access to a listing of San Francisco Municipal Codes.
San Francisco Building and Craft Codes provides access to current San Francisco Building Inspection Commission Codes including the Building, Electrical, Housing, Mechanical and Plumbing codes.


Last updated: 6/4/2013 6:23:35 PM