To conduct thorough and effective legal research, use a research process consisting of the following steps: (1) Offline preparation - define your legal issue, identify important facts and the relevant jurisdiction, and generate search terms; (2) Read secondary sources such as encyclopedias, practice guides, treatises, and law journal articles in order to understand your legal issue and find citations to primary sources; (3) Find enacted law (constitutions, statutes, rules); (4) Find and analyze case law; and (5) Update, read, and analyze all sources and conduct follow-up research.
This guide identifies websites and research platforms you will use as you move through the research process for issues involving Oregon law. If you need help finding a resource in the law library, please contact our circulation desk. If you have a question about a resource or would like to add a resource to this guide, please contact Megan Austin or Kelly Reynolds.
Guide to Law Online: Oregon is a research guide from the Law Library of Congress with links to free, online legal materials.
Boley Law Library Oregon Legal Research Guide is a comprehensive guide by the Boley Law Library at Lewis and Clark Law School.
Willamette University Law Library Oregon Law Guide provides a thorough outline of links to online Oregon legal resources.
Oregon Legal Research: Primary and Secondary Sources - CALI lesson (CALI is a subscription service for law students and faculty).