In addition to subscription databases there are also many quality free resources available online. Free resources can be an excellent source but free sites often have limitations. For example, a statute on WestlawNext or LexisAdvance will contain links to cases, regulations and unique secondary sources. The same statute on a free site will not have links to additional material.
Federal Statutes – unannotated United States Code. Great for finding a citation but does not contain links to cases, regulations or other resources.
Many free sources are archived in Google Scholar and Google Books. Additionally many books will have limited free previews – not enough to read a chapter but perhaps enough to confirm a citation or start a search. Additionally, Google Scholar will recognize your IP address when on campus and provide access to (some of) our subscription databases. As with all Google search products be sure to check out the Advanced Search options to limit your search by author, title, year and more.
Librarians are available to help throughout the semester. Stop by the library to take advantage of our open-door ready-to-serve librarian expertise or feel free to send an email.
Email and phone reference is also available here. Remember that librarians answering this service will not be familiar with specific resources available at UNH Law.
Email and online chat reference regarding government documents is available here. “Government information librarians with a specialized knowledge of agency information dissemination practices -- as well as expertise in how to use government information products, resources and or publications -- answer all the questions submitted to GIO.”
Tom Hemstock, Electronic Services Librarian
Luke Collins, Library Intern
Congress.gov (replacing Thomas.gov) is the best free resource for finding federal bills and recent legislative history material.
Searching is possible but often clumsy. The USC on FDsys works best when you can browse or input a specific citation.
There is a surprisingly large amount of information on FDsys. For example, previous budgets are available along with multiple mobile apps.