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Zimmerman's Research Guide



Links to Minnesota government agencies statutes, regulations, cases, etc. are posted by Minnesota State Law Library and FindLaw. Primary legal materials are also available from Lexis, Westlaw and Loislaw. Subscription services Versuslaw Fastcase have cases back to 1950; Google Scholar has cases back to 1950 for free. Supreme and appellate court cases are published in West's North Western Reporter.

To check the status of pending legislation, pull up the bill using the Minnesota Legislature's Bill Search and Status (instructions available here), then click on "Status of Bill in the House" and "Status of Bill in the Senate." For questions about Minnesota legislation, call the House Public Information Services (651-296-2146), House Index Office (651-296-6646) or the Senate Information Office (651-296-0504).

To get recordings of Senate Hearings call Media Services for video of select hearings from the past two years (651-296-0264) and Senate Supply for audio of all hearings going back farther (651-296-5720). For the House of Representatives, video of floor sessions (back to 2000) and audio of committee hearings (back to 2004) is available on the House Web site www.house.mn. You can order cassette tapes of older floor sessions and hearings by calling House Public Information (800-657-3550).

The Dunnell Minnesota Digest (available in print and on Lexis) is an encyclopedia of Minnesota law. William S. Hein & Co. publishes a Minnesota Legal Research Guide by Arlette Soderberg and Barbara Golden.

Jet Set Couriers has been recommended to me for document retrieval in Minneapolis/St. Paul 612-333-5995. They will mail, fed ex, UPS, fax or scan & e-mail documents.

For copies and/or inter-library loan, try calling InfoNOW (formerly ESTIS) at the University of Minnesota (612-626-3940 or 800-477-6689), or the Hennepin County Law Library (612-348-3022). For questions about Minnesota legal materials, try calling the Hennepin County Law Library (612-348-3022), the Minnesota State Law Library 651-296-2775, or the University of Minnesota Law Library (612-625-5526).

For more information, see the Minnesota State Law Library's Skills Center, which covers a variety of topics related to legal research (e.g., Researching Minnesota Agency Regulations) and public records (e.g. how to get Marriage Certificates and Divorce Decrees).

See Also
Attorney General Opinions
Docket Sheets
Legal Ethics
Legal Treatises
State Cases
State Constitutions
State Court Rules
State Government Agencies
State Laws, generally
State Regulations and Administrative Codes
State Statutes and Codes

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