Information on major U.S. court decisions that have had a significant impact on American society; while focusing primarily on Supreme Court cases, also includes major federal or state cases that set precedents; organized by broad legal principles, then arranged alphabetically under the more specific legal issue.
Provides "free access to cases, statutes, and regulations. This open source database covers all federal cases, statutes, and regulations but has limited state resources." (ACRL http://crln.acrl.org/content/77/11/563.full)
Requires free registration. Excellent search engine for locating free online law resources including cases from the U.S. Supreme court, courts of appeal, & all 50 states back to 1997. Also includes statutory law & codes from all 50 states, as well as regulations, court rules, constitutions, and legal forms. "Largest free law library in the world" created by FastCase.
"You can use easy keyword searching, narrow by the jurisdiction you want, and Ravel Law will give you a detailed map of case law. This is a great tool for visual learners, as well. The most important cases are larger circles with lines connecting them to smaller circles that denote similar cases." Free with a .edu email address (ACRL http://crln.acrl.org/content/77/11/563.full)