In its databases of cases, Lexis Nexis generally offers complete coverage dating back to the earliest case. For example, the most recent public laws are available within 24 to 48 hours after a law is passed, the U. Code Service is updated several times per month, the Federal Register is updated daily, and the Code of Federal Regulations is updated weekly.Researchers also monitor new cases, new statutes, news, and more by using “Alerts.” After retrieving satisfactory search results and clicking on the gold bell alert icon at the top of your results screen, researchers can receive email updates on a monthly, weekly, daily, and business daily basis, or as updates are available.
He is also a member of the Massachusetts Bar and the Florida Bar. She is also a member of the Massachusetts Bar and the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Fastcase, Casemaker, and Versus Law are considered to be low-cost databases. For example, in the text of a court case, many vendors add hyperlinks to cases cited within the case. court cases and statutes also provide built-in ways for a researcher to check the current validity of a case and a statutory provision through citators.
He is the former Co-Chair of International Legal Research Interest Group of ASIL (2012-2015), and the former president of Asian American Law Librarians Caucus of AALL (2013-2014). For an excellent guide to free sources of federal legal materials, see the Globa Lex guide authored by Gretchen Feltes, Update: A Guide to the U. Federal Legal System: Web-based Public Accessible Sources, October 2010. Among commercial providers, Westlaw Next, Lexis Advance, and Bloomberg Law (including Bloomberg BNA and PACER) are the largest and most sophisticated in terms of search features in searching and other features), but often the most expensive. Third, commercial databases often contain staff-added enhancements to search results: function to search again within search results; a function to filter search results by various types of sources, subjects, time, and jurisdiction; better integrated search results in a document containing hyperlinks to related sources including history, briefs, forms, jury instruction, legal encyclopedia, treatise, journal articles, etc.; and a function to save research to allow users to revisit the search results.
For example, researchers can choose a database of New York court decisions, or search all state court cases at once. Lexis Nexis offers a free and searchable list of its databases.
Usually, it is less costly and most efficient to search the smallest database that contains all of the information needed. Supreme Court cases date back to January 1790, and cases from the U. Primary authorities such as statutes, cases, administrative regulations and decisions are current and updated regularly.
Commercial database providers usually incorporate new statutory language, or at least provide links to it from the old statute section, much faster than government websites.