If you are doing in-depth research on a Massachusetts state law question, check out the library’s Massachusetts Law Research Guide. This guide provides detailed treatment on research tools for legislation, court decisions and agency regulations, among other materials.
For additional guidance, consult the resources provided by our friends at the Massachusetts Trial Court Libraries, including Massachusetts legal information by topic. MTCL provides access to the entire Code of Massachusetts Regulations (C.M.R.), access to state court rules, topical legal forms and city & town bylaws and ordinances.
State government sites can be useful for many functions. The state legislature provides access to the legislative code (General Laws), session laws (from 1997) and bills from the current and previous two sessions. The Governor’s office provides access to Executive Orders and legislation, as well as current information on legislation on the governor’s desk for review and action. The state judicial branch provides a range of public information, including a docket search of the Supreme Judicial Court and Appeals Court; court decisions from the Reporter of Decisions; and a guide to Massachusetts Evidence Law. The State Library of Massachusetts offers a print collection that includes legislative and historical materials that are hard to locate in other places; its guide to conducting state legislative history research is the go-to source for researchers investigating legislative intent.
Other subscription databases that may help with research projects include:
- Databases from the Social Law Library, which include searchable decisions of state trial courts and administrative tribunals
- State House News Service, which provides extensive coverage of legislative affairs and state government
- Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) titles available through Loislaw