DRAGNET: Search of Free Legal Databases

DRAGNET stands for “Database Retrieval Access using Google’s New Electronic Technology,” a specialized search engine that was developed by librarians at the New York Law School. This feature enables you to “drag the net” through a group of free law-related Web resources. A DRAGNET search is like a Google search, except that it runs in only a select group of websites, produced by the organizations and entities listed below. The sites were chosen by our Library staff for their reliability and utility to legal researchers.* DRAGNET now contains search tabs that look at specific portions of the law. Each tab can generate up to 100 hits, ranked for relevance by Google’s search engine. DRAGNET can be a good tool to begin a research project, giving you a sense of what kinds of materials can be found on your topic.



ABA Family Legal Guide
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
American Memory Project – American Law
American Society of International Law
Amnesty International
Australasian Legal Information Institute
Avalon Project
Bills and Laws of New York
British and Irish Legal Information Institute
Bureau of Economic Analysis
Bureau of Justice Statistics
Canadian Legal Information Institute
Center for World Indigenous Studies
Central Intelligence Agency
City Council of New York
Code of Federal Regulations
Connecticut State Government
Constitution Finder
Cornell Legal Information Institute (LII)
Council of Europe
Council of State Governments
EISIL (International Law)
FDsys – Government Printing Office
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
Founders Constitution
Global Legal Information Network
Government Attic
Harvard Law School Library
Hieros Gamos
Human Rights First
Human Rights Library
Human Rights Watch
Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties
International Justice Resource Center
International Labour Organization
International Trade Centre
Law Library of Congress
Legal Resource Exchange (LLRX)
LexisNexis Communities
Maastricht Internet Law Library
Making of America
Migration Information Source
Multistate Tax Commission
The National Archives (NARA)
National Association of Secretaries of State
National Center for State Courts
National Bureau of Economic Research
National Conference of State Legislatures
National Indian Law Library
National Law Center for Inter-American Free Trade
New Jersey Digital Legal Library
New Jersey Judiciary
New Jersey Legislature
New York Senate
New York State Assembly
New York State Association of Counties
New York State Attorney General’s Opinions
New York State Bar Association
New York State Division of Administrative Rules
New York State Housing Division
New York State Unified Court System
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
Policy Archive
Public Library of Law
Red Cross
South African Legal Information Institute
Stanford Securities Class Action Clearinghouse
Tax Administrators
Uniform Law Commission
United Nations
United Nations Human Rights
UN Refugee Agency
U.S. Congress Joint Committee on Taxation
U.S. Department of Justice
U.S. Department of the Treasury
U.S. Federal Statistics
U.S. Government Regulations
U.S. House of Representatives
U.S. Internal Revenue Service
U.S. Senate
U.S. State Department
U.S. Supreme Court
Universal Human Rights Index
University of Maryland – Thurgood Marshall Center
WashLaw (Washburn University)
Women’s Legal Initiative
World Legal Information Institute