BLM Land Patent Records Search
This heading links to BLM’s land patent search engine
U. S. Rectangular Survey System Land in the Unites States of America is described in its “Aliquot Parts”. This BLM link defines the Section, Township and Range (STR) aliquot parts land description system used to define Land since shortly after the Constitutional Republic was formed.
Land Entry Records Introduction and Links to Resources on Land Entry Case Files and Related Records. These are records that document the transfer of public lands from the U.S. Government to private ownership. These case files cover land entries in all 30 public land states. For land records in the remaining 20 states that were never part of the original public domain, check the State Archives for that particular state. This includes the original 13 colonies, plus Hawaii, Kentucky, Maine, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, and West Virginia.
How to do Legal Research
Pathfinders How to use the Legal Research tools found in a Law Library.
Online Legal Education Online Law School.
Constitution 101: The Meaning and History of the Constitution” is a 10-week online course presented by Hillsdale College. Though registration is free, the college appreciates donations to support their offering.
Law Libraries / Research
The Avalon Project An excelent resource for historical documents
Drafting Legal Documents A Resource Guide for learning to draft legal documents
FindLaw A popular Internet caselaw research site partially available at no cost.
Google Scholar This link takes you to Google's announcement page regarding this new service. From the Advanced Search page, you can limit your search results to: all legal opinions and journals; only US Federal court opinions or only state court opinions; to have the search engine provide you with the actual full text report of cases. Though there is not case site option, if you search using quotes around a case cite the service will pull up the case in the top link on the result page; thus, this is a good new source for free access to the history of law stored in cases and legal opinions.
Internet Legal Research Group A group of outlines of the contents of law study corseware books. It's like a set of Cliff notes for the books law students study for their law school classes.
Liberty Library An excellent selection of documents, including an abundance of foundational documents.
Project Gutenberg A resource for books available in the public domain; it includes many law books.
Substantive Law on the World Wide Web (we found many of the links on this source are not updated regularly)
WashLaw A free service of Washburn University School of Law, access to state and federal codes and more.
Charters of Freedom, high resolution photographs of: The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution for the United States of America and The Bill of Rights.
The Constitution for the United States of America, as presented by Corp. U.S. with live links to high resolution images of the original documents and to respective amendments and historical data.
A More Perfect Union, A Historical review of the creation of the Constitution for the United States of America as presented by the U.S. National Archives.
District of Columbia Organic Act of 1871, This is a image file of the whole act as it was published in the statutes at large of the Fourty-First Congress, Session III Chapter 62 at pages 419-429. (pdf file size: 3 meg.)
GPO Style Manual, on line access to the style manual
GPO Printing Office, with many links to other government resources, this is an excellent resource page.
The U.S. Constitution, links to the National Archives page where they provide both the texts and digitized copies of original documents.
Online US and State Code
US Legislature United States Code, etc.
United States of America Legislative Guide to Law Online: (Law Library of Congress) The Nation's Congressional records, annals of Congress etc. are found through this link.
Corp. U.S. Legislative Guide to Law Online: (Law Library of Congress) some of the Corp. U.S. Congressional records are found through this link.
Statutes at Large, 1789-1875. “The United States Statutes at Large , commonly referred to as the Statutes at Large , is the official source for the laws and resolutions passed by Congress. Publication began in 1845 by the private firm of Little, Brown and Company under authority granted by a joint resolution of Congress. In 1874, Congress transferred the authority to publish the Statutes at Large to the Government Printing Office, which has been responsible for producing the set since that time.”
The Social Security Act of 1935 Social Security Administrations presentation of the full text of the Act.
IRS Procedure Manual This is IRS’ source for the Secretary of the Treasury’s authorized procedure for obtaining a Letter Ruling from IRS’ chief counsel; such a ruling should at least designate what the proper forms are for filing a proper tax return, which may go a long way toward unraveling the “incomprehensible tax code”.
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