This guide is intended for students and researchers studying the law and legal system of the United States of America at the University of Oxford, although students and researchers from any field may find it useful.
Use this guide to find out about sources and commentary for US law (federal and state), including ebooks, ejournals, and databases.
Navigate through this guide by clicking on the pertinent tab you can see above this box (but below the main title of this guide). There may also be a separate Law Bod guide approaching your area of research from the legal topic, rather than jurisdictional route! See examples below
Safe use of the free web.
Below are some links to the prinicipal - reliable - sources of US legal materials which are available to anyone with internet access. The final link is to a guide to USA legal research using these & other freely available websites.
Public Access to Court Electronic Records (PACER) is an electronic public access service that allows users to obtain case and docket information online from federal appellate, district, and bankruptcy courts, and the PACER Case Locator. PACER is provided by the Federal Judiciary
Please note that the Bodleian Law Library does not have any subscription to this source. Details about the fees for self-registration is available on the website, just follow the links.
Need to understand more about what PACER offers?
Use second link to find free online Training which will show you what type of documents and data you would be able to extract from PACER should you decide to go ahead.
Free alternatives to PACER
The two final links may be worth trying - especially for cases from 2004 onwards.
The original work behind this Libguide was done by Ron Richenburg Reference & Interlibrary Loans - Senior Library Assistant