This guide lists and links to free and low-cost resources for legal research. Use these when Bloomberg, Lexis, and Westlaw aren't available or when you'd like to reduce the costs of those services by doing some preliminary searching.
Municipalities generally contract with one of these services to publish their ordinances. Check these rule libraries when your issue involves local code.
State & Local Forms
When tackling a new subject, look at journal articles to get background or a history of the topic. These secondary sources are generally not included in the free legal databases listed elsewhere in this guide. Collections here cover free article access -- which may not always be the published piece, rather an earlier draft.