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PACER, the federal court system's online filing and docket system, provides huge amounts of documents from federal cases. PACER charges ten cents a page, although a court case may lower this price. The services below aim to make searching of the PACER data more efficient or save costs.
|Unannotated Regulations||“Shepard’s –Like Feature”||Other|
|Bloomberg Law||Yes, but click on Related Content to get court opinions citing the statute for federal - adding this feature for states||
Yes - OH - Supreme 1852-; App. 1912-; Misc. 1946-2001; Selected unreporteds 2005-
Federal - 1789 for Supreme and District, 1891 for Circuit.
|Yes - but click on Related Content to get court opinions citing the federal regulations- adding this feature for states||Yes||Dockets, Forms, Practice Books, News, Company Info, Legislation/reg tracking|
|Casetext||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Also includes an AI assistant|
|Decisis||Yes. Also includes superseded versions of Page's Ohio Revised Code back to 2012||
Yes– OH Supreme Ct. (1855-); Ohio App.(1926-); .
|Yes, including superseded Ohio Administrative Codes back to 2015||Yes, but only reports negative treatment.||
Also includes Ohio Constitution and Ohio Local, State & Federal Court Rules, including superseded back to 2013.
Forms, dockets, legal news.
|Fastcase||Yes, but get a list of cases that cite the statute. Not available in free app.||Fed. App. 1924-, Ohio Supreme court & appellate 1936-, Ohio unreporteds 2000-.Coverage||Yes, but just Internet Links for 13 states, including Ohio||Yes, more advanced in the paid version.||
For some jurisdictions - Constitutions, AG opinions, administrative decisions, court rules.
Free app has no print or email function, but can save within the app.
Both paid and app versions have hyperlinks to other cases and statutes.
App now syncs with desktop version, so that favorites and search history are available and updated on both versions.
|Boolean||Natural Language||Fields||Search databases together||Saves Searches,
|Bloomberg Law||Yes - s/, p/||Yes||Advanced Searches on the right side||All-in-One Search Box||
Saves Searches and
|Casetext||Yes||Yes||Does not appear to have field searching||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|.Yes||Saves Searches, does not appear to have an app.||
|Fastcase||Yes - w/n||Yes, but the faq from Fastcase warns that "natural language searches are much less precise"...than boolean.||Date, cite look-up only||Yes||
Saves last 10 searches and recent documents, even on free app.
Alert feature, but not on app.
|Save documents in favorites. On app, document just saves within the app.|
According to an ABA Survey, lawyers spend an average of 20 percent of their work time conducting legal research, and when they start a research project, they generally turn first to free online research services before using fee-based services or research materials in print or on CD-ROM.
You can find all of these types of legal research resources at the Franklin County Law Library.