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Civil Procedure: Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

This research guide is designed to provide research starting points for 1Ls doing civil procedure research at the Northeastern University School of Law.

Electronic Resources

The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are available online through Westlaw, LexisNexis, and HeinOnline.  Both Westlaw and LexisNexis have useful commentary on the Rules.  You can also find the Rules available for free online at the following websites:

  • The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts - This website provides the most current rules of practice and procedure, including the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Rules of Appellate Procedure, Rules of Criminal Procedure, and the Rules of Evidence. It also provides pending rules amendments and proposed amendments. Additionally, it provides statistical data on the business of the federal judiciary.
  • Cornell LII - This website is created by the Legal Information Institute at the Cornell Law School, and it is part of the global free access to law movement. You can view not only federal rules, but also federal statutes, the Constitution, regulations, the Uniform Commercial Code, and state law resources.
  • GovInfo - The official website for information on the U.S. government.  You can also find other documents on the federal, legislative, and executive branches of government on this free website.


These databases all contain case law.  You can find decisions relevant to your topic within civil procedure by using relevant keywords to conduct both basic and advanced searches.  For additional databases, consult the Law Library's A-Z Databases List.

Print Resources