Friday, January 04, 2013

How to Conduct FREE Legal Research Online: A FREE CLE Program in Dallas

Please join the ABA Standing Committee on the Law Library of Congress at the Renaissance Dallas for a FREE CLE program on how to conduct legal research online. Librarians, lawyers, students, and researchers are encouraged to attend.

How to Conduct FREE Legal Research Online

Friday, February 8, 2013 ▪ 9:00am to 11:00am

Renaissance Dallas ▪ Lone Star 3, 4th Floor

This free program will focus on the legal research services and resources available from the Law Library of Congress, as well as several other free online collections. Following a general overview of the Law Library and its services available to lawyers, librarians, and researchers around the world, there will be an explanation of the organization and content of and THOMAS, the Library of Congress's federal legislative information sites, which together contain the full texts of House and Senate bills and resolutions, the Congressional Record, and much more, starting with the 101st Congress (198990). Special emphasis will be given to, which was launched by the Library of Congress in September 2012, and is in an initial beta phase, with plans to transform the Library of Congress's existing congressional information system into a modern, durable, and userfriendly resource. Eventually, it will incorporate all of the information available on THOMAS.

Learn about the Law Library's global research services, its vast collections in 195 languages from over 220 jurisdictions worldwide, and its expert staff equipped to answer your legal research questions.

The program will also highlight other free, yet trustworthy, online legal collections and search engines, such as the U.S. Government Printing Office's Federal Digital System (FDsys), Cornell University Law School's Legal Information Institute, the University of California, Santa Barbara's American Presidency Project,, FindLaw, Justia, LexisWeb, Google Scholar, and a number of others products.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Familiarity with the specialized services, websites, collections and expert legal research staff available from the Law Library of Congress free to all including solos, practicing lawyers, librarians, researchers and those new to the profession;

2. Understanding of the organization, structure, content, and search strategies to perform timesaving legal research in and THOMAS and other free legal databases from your own computer wherever you are in the world; and

3. Interactive research demonstrations and explanations of websites and other research products produced and maintained
by the Law Library of Congress as well as other authoritative Webbased collections and useful search engines.

Please feel free to pass this invitation along to your colleagues, students, etc.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Jinny Choi at 202-662-1694 or 

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