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Legal Resources for Nonprofits
Transcript of Legal Resources for Nonprofits
Legal Research Resources
There are tons of free legal resources available online that nonprofits can use to research a variety of topics.
Much like Google, allow you to type a search term in and pull up different resources. This helps if it's a topic you're not familiar with or don't know where to start.
2. Topic Specific Resources
Increasingly resources are focusing on specific topics like copyright law animal law, adoption law, etc. These are helpful when you are vaguely familiar with a topic and want more depth.
There are websites that aggregate information on a variety of topics, post new cases or show trending issues. These are great when you're not necessarily researching but want to keep up.
Similar to some Aggregators these sites collect information from users, solicit reader input, etc. Can include blogs, Q&A sites and forums. Generally are easy to search and great for a quick answer or brush-up.
The resources pulled up can vary between:
Books & Articles
Zimmerman's Research Guides
1. The easiest way to start researching is to decide which resource fits and what your goal is.
2. Generally, the more depth you want the more specific you'll want to be with the resource.
3. If you have no familiarity on a topic, a database is always a good way to go.
- Boomarklet sites (ex. StumbleUpon, Delicious), news aggregators (ex. Zite, NewsGator) and Google Alerts are great ways to learn about new resources.
- There are some law school libraries that are public. Many of these law schools also have open clinics.
- Some states allow consumers access to legal resources through their state bar website.
The most efficient way to find an answer is to think through what type of resource you need.
For my own research I usually break these down into four different types
Texas State Bar