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Legal Research Databases

Free/Low-Cost Legal Research Databases

Check with your local libraries (public and/or academic) for their subscription database services. Many Oregon law libraries provide free access to legal research databases.

Georgetown University Law Library Free/Low Cost Legal Research
The first part of this guide provides an overview and links to different types of free materials and the second part summarizes the features and costs of less expensive databases.


HeinOnline is a specialized legal research database. Remote access is free for anyone with a public library card from any Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) member library. Follow the instructions on WCCLS HeinOnline page to log on.

Non-residents may quailfy for a library card, see WCCLS Types of Library Cards for details. is the source for federal legislative information. It has several options for finding bills, resolutions, and legislative histories from 1973 to the present. It is also the source for presidential nominations, treaties, committee reports, and other legislative resources.


Fastcase has statutes, cases, and regulations. The State of Oregon Law Library offers Fastcase to all Oregon residents - scope of coverage is limited to federal and states within the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.


For information on other ways to find a case for free online, visit the Oregon Legal Research Blog