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How to find cases, statutes, regulations, and other law-related material


Opinions, statutes, regulations are government documents and therefore in the public domain. Analyses and other material that incorporate them are covered by copyright.

What Are Open Access & Open Educational Resources?

Open Access (OA) resources are materials that are freely available on the web for anyone to access, view, download, print, or distribute freely for lawful purposes. These may be books, web sites, journals, blogs, media, teaching resources, dissertations, etc.

Open Educational Resources (OER) are shared under any CC license (that does not prohibit derivatives) or released into the public domain, typically created and shared for educational purposes. OER may be freely reused, remixed, revised, retained, and redistributed.

For a detailed explanation of open access resources and the proper use of them, see our OA/OER guide.

OA/OER Search Engines

The sites listed here search for Open Access and Open Educational Resources including textbooks, courses, assignments, syllabi, lesson plans, journal articles, government documents, and other material.

Law Searches

The links below are search strings for journalism topics in Mason OER MetafinderMERLOT, and OASIS. Results include textbooks, book chapters, assignments, lesson plans, syllabi, journal articles, websites, government documents, images, posters, charts, and other material.

For more precise searches, change the search terms. For example constitutional law, copyright law, or law and media.

OA Articles

OER Courseware

Almost all of the resources listed here are searched by the Mason OER Metafinder and/or one of the other aggregators (MERLOT, OASIS, etc.) and include lesson plans, homework assignments, lectures, full courses, syllabi and more.

Open Access at Buley

Many Open Access journal articles and books can be found through SouthernSearch by using the Open Access limiter on the search results page:

SouthernSearch on the Library Home Page


Search results with Open Access limiter

Open Access materials are indicated by the words Open Access and the orange OA logo:

Open Access results