This guide is intended to help members of the general public evaluate legal information accessed online. The guide outlines important issues to consider when deciding whether a website provides reliable and current information that is suitable for a particular law-related information need.
Though the guide notes some of the unique issues involved in conducting legal research online, it is not intended as a legal research tutorial. Those seeking a more formal introduction to this type of specialized legal research may consult the sources listed in the “Additional Information” section at the end of the guide. For definitions of terms used in the guide, visit Wex, a free legal dictionary and encyclopedia sponsored and hosted by the Legal Information Institute, or The Law Dictionary, featuring Black’s Law Dictionary Free Online Legal Dictionary, 2nd Edition.
Approved by the AALL Executive Board, July 2016.