Researching the Law

Below, find external links designed to help you research and learn more about your legal issue.

Basic Information

Glossary of Legal Terms: Legal Terms defined in a non-legal way.

Ohio State Bar Association Public Resources

Columbus Bar Association Public Resources

Ohio Legal Services – For the Public

Ohio Legal Help

Research Guides

A Guide to Legal Research: Self Help Center Guide on how to conduct legal research.

Ohio Primary Law Research Guide: Covers Ohio cases, statutes, legislative history, regulations, and administrative decisions

Ohio Secondary Sources Legal Research Guide: Includes practice books, encyclopedia, forms, news, blogs, suggestions for finding the elements of actions in Ohio, and more

Franklin County Law Library: For guides on specific legal issues, see the LibGuides tab. There are specific guides for 29 different legal issues. You may visit the Law Library Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm, call at 614-525-4971, or email the reference librarian.

Looking Up The Law

Ohio Revised Code

Both Baldwin’s Ohio Revised Code Annotated and Page’s Ohio Revised Code are available in electronic and print form. Baldwin can be found through the Westlaw database,  and Page can be found on the Lexis database. Both the print and electronic forms can be accessed at the Franklin County Law Library.

Case Law

Ohio Supreme Court Reporter of Decisions: Database of decisions made by the Ohio Supreme Court

Case law can also be found on Westlaw and Lexis. Both are accessible at the Franklin County Law Library.