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Isn't everything online for free?

Law Library shelves There is a common myth that "everything is online for free." The reality is that most of the resources at our law libraries are available exclusively in print or are only available electronically through proprietary databases. The following list provides examples.

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  • Connecticut treatises, including the Connecticut Practice Series, are not online for free.

  • Connecticut and federal annotated statutes are not online for free.

  • Superseded Connecticut statutes are not online for free.

  • The Connecticut Law Journal is not online for free.

  • Most Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Court Records and Briefs are not online for free.

  • Shepard's Citations Service is not online for free.

  • Authoritative legal dictionaries such as Black's Law Dictionary are not online for free.Checking Onsite-only Library Sources

  • Restatements of the Law are not online for free.

  • Nationally known treatises such as Couch on Insurance, Corbin on Contracts, Collier on Bankruptcy, and Powell on Real Property are not online for free.

  • American Law Reports (ALR - state and federal) are not online for free.

  • Legal encyclopedias such as American Jurisprudence 2d and Corpus Juris Secundum are not online for free.

  • Digests of decisions are not online for free.

  • Practice materials such as litigation guides, Am Jur Proof of Facts, Causes of Action, and Am Jur Trials are not online for free.

  • Unofficial legal forms publications such as Am Jur Pleading and Practice Forms and Am Jur Legal Forms
    are not online for free.

The above list is only a small sample of the valuable resources that our law libraries
make available for your legal research needs.

We encourage you to contact your nearest law library with questions.