There are many sources for free legal information on the Internet, especially for legislative bodies and regulatory agencies. It can be cost-effective to begin your research on free (but authoritative) websites before moving to fee-based legal databases.
Cornell's Legal Information Institute - Primary law including U.S. Supreme Court decisions, U.S. Code, Code of Federal Regulations, and more
Congress.gov - Information on pending federal legislation including full text of bills and legislative documents
Federal Administrative Agency Decisions - Organized by agency
Govinfo.gov (currently in beta) - Official, authenticated, and free information from all three branches of the federal government
California Legislative Information - California bills and statutes
California Office of Administrative Law - California Code of Regulations
California Municipal Codes - Municipal codes for every county and city in California
California Ballot Propositions and Initiatives - Repository of the official text of ballot propositions, initiatives, and pamphlets back to 1911
World Legal Information Institute - Portal to the law of other countries with links to English translations and research guides on foreign legal systems
Electronic Information System for International Law - Primary sources, websites, and research guides related to international law
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