Fall 2014 Newsletter
Online Legal Research while at the Georgetown Law Library:
Fastcase and LexisNexis Academic
Friends of the Library who come to the Georgetown Law campus to do online legal research have two good choices available to them--Fastcase and LexisNexis Academic.
Fastcase is a powerful full-text legal research tool featuring a comprehensive 50-state and Federal database of primary law. In addition to being available at the library, it is also made available by all three local bar associations as a member benefit.
To use Fastcase, you can either use the universal quick caselaw search box or be more specific by using their “Start a New Search” links. Results can be displayed visually in an interactive map or sorted in a number of different ways to help identify the most important cases quickly. One of the unique features of Fastcase is that results are machine-made and determined by algorithm, which provides an entirely different and effective way to research.
The Fastcase web site offers many helpful tips, such as tutorials, webinars and user guides.
LexisNexis Academic offers U.S. Federal and state case law, codes, regulations, legal news, law reviews, select international legal information, and Shepards Citations for all U.S. Supreme Court cases back to 1789. In addition to being available at the library, LexisNexis Academic is also regularly found at undergraduate libraries across the country.
Research in LexisNexis Academic begins with a click on “Search by Content Type,” the first step in navigating to the legal databases. Documents may be printed, downloaded or emailed to users. Be sure to read the Terms and Conditions that govern use. Consult the Help documentation, or ask a reference librarian for assistance.
While on campus, Friends can enjoy free access to the Law Center's Wi-Fi Network so you are able to use these databases on your own laptop. Ask at the Reference Desk for instructions upon your visit.