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Pennsylvania Practice-Oriented Legal Research : Alternatives to Bloomberg/Lexis/Westlaw

Research guide for Pennsylvania Practice-Oriented Legal Research. PPLR is a program offered by Widener-Harrisburg Legal Information Center that introduces basic research tools necessary for practice in Pennsylvania.

Lower-cost Databases


Both Federal and State opinions and statutes. PA converage includes limited session laws. Casemaker App for smart phones and tablets appear to be free, while PC access will cost as little as $60 a month depending on package selected. Included in membership to PA Bar Association.


Federal opinions and statutes. Some state statutes, though no Pennsylvania statutes. Fastcase App for smart phones and tablets is free, while PC access will cost as little as $65 a month depending on package selected. Remote-access to Fastcase is included in a subscription to Jenkins Law Library


Federal and State appellate decisions. US Code and CFR.  Prices start at $13.95 a month.

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Loislaw:  Federal and State case law, statutes, and regulations.  Includes a selection of practicioner-oriented secondary sources.


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Federal and State case law, statutes, and regulations. Provides access to Pennsylvania local court rules. Includes access to legal newspapers and practicioner-oriented Q&A articles.  The monthly cost is approximately $108, depending on the subscription package.