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Law: QuickStart Guide

This guide is intended to serve as a starting point for finding legal information and is intended for public library users and librarians.

Legal Blogs

Legal Feeds & Blogs from LOC

Links from the Law Library Division of The Library of Congress to RSS feeds and Email Subscriptions.


Legal News Websites - Keyword or Topic

Jurist is one source for keeping up with national legal news of interest.

Search for news by topic or keyword using the links below.

Massachusetts Laws in the News

For recent legislation, search the Session Laws which are arranged in chronological order.  For current bills before the Massachusetts General Court (legislature), click on Bills Search.  Sign up to receive a free State House newsletter called MASSterList.

For a specific day's legislative information, search the Senate and House Journals.

Cases in the News

Federal News


Historical News

The main index generally covers the years 1878-1937, although there are selected entries for earlier and later dates. Entries include obituaries, coverage of political events, speeches, dedications, visits of foreign dignitaries and general news events. The Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Boston Journal, and Boston Transcript were indexed most consistently, although there are entries for other newspapers as well. A later index, covering the years 1960 to 1983, includes articles from the Boston Globe and Boston Herald which are primarily political or governmental in nature.

Legal Periodicals Searching

Use the advanced search feature in Gale's Academic OneFile database to limit search to legal journals.  Also try Google Advanced Scholar Search for searching legal journals. If you have a Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries library card, search HeinOnline.

What's New or Timely

IAN Nonprofit Resource Center

Greater Boston Legal Services - Immigration Unit (Boston Office)

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Irish International Immigration Center's Free Legal Clinics for Immigration Assistance Calendar in Boston


The Library of Congress : Women's History Month

Women's Suffrage Right : The Nineteenth Amendment

From the Timeline on Woman Suffrage [sic] in Massachusetts.


Polly Welts Kaufman’s Boston Women and City School Politics, 1872-1905 (New York: Garland, 1994) notes that the 1780 Massachusetts State Constitution omits the word “male” as a qualification for elective office (but left as a qualification for voting).  Read more.

New England Historical Society

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Lydia Chapin Taft was the first woman to legally vote in New England.  Read more.


The cookbook was printed to raise money for the Woman Suffrage Association, and it included recipes from famous suffragists, Boston Brahmins, a governor’s wife and prominent women doctors, ministers and journalists.  Read more

Shannon Family Papers

From 1854 through 1856 Mary, Jr. attended West Newton English and Classical School under the tutelage of Nathaniel Topliff Allen. Mary, Sr.s active interest in educational reform, womens suffrage and the abolitionist movement influenced the younger Mary to lend her considerable social and financial influence to the numerous charities associated with these causes.  Read more.

The Wisdom of Immigrant Women: Lecture Series Explores How Female Immigrants Adapted to Life in Newton More than 100 Years Ago.

Lecture Series Calendar

Law About -- pick a topic and find Massachusetts and federal legislation, cases, agency regulations. and related forms.




Massachusetts Bar Association's Dial-A-Lawyer offers free legal advice on the first Wednesday of each month.

2018:  January 3 , February 7 , March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6

Call (617) 338-0610 on the first Wednesday of the month between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries Document Delivery Service

New! Ask a public librarian to search Social Law Library databases.  Librarians ONLY.

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Bills in the news --Track Congress with

MASSterList - your go-to source for Massachusetts political news and commentary. Every day.

MASSterList.  News from Beacon Hill

New & Recent Published Opinions (and Lists of Unpublished Decisions): Newly published opinions and a list of unpublished opinions for judgments. 

Register for E-mail Notification by Topic

Reporter of Decisions: New and archived published and unpublished opinions

State Legislature Website

Supreme Court of the United States

Oral Arguments by the week, plus transcripts, audio and much more.




In Your Opinion

Want to write an op ed or letter to the editor?  Try this box for guidelines and contact information.

Massachusetts Legal Newspaper

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly ONLINE is available on Newton Free Library online with our e-journal logon, and through Gales's Massachusetts History Online (Gale)

  Date restrictions apply for accessing full text.  Allow 6 weeks for current issues.  Database begins with 2001.

HeinOnline is available with a Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries library card.  You must apply in person for a library card.

Look for IMPORTANT OPINIONS OF THE WEEK on the front page column on Monday's print format.

THOMAS (Library of Congress) Daily Digest