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The huge Lexis-Nexis database contains U.S. and state case law, along with other useful materials. Below are three ways to get started, searching by topic, searching the case law, or looking at law review articles. Note that you can sort your results by date or relevence.
What gets searched
You can search case law sources by jurisdiction, state and time periods. The following are just a few of the available sources:
Supreme Court Cases (back to 1790) Courts of Appeal
District Courts Individual State Courts
1. Searching by Topic
Go to Lexis-Nexis
In the box, "Look Up a Legal Case," enter your search in the "Search by Topic" box.
You will retrieve all the case law concerning that idea. You will be able to link to other related case law within those citations.
2. Searching by Case Law Citation
Go to Lexis-Nexis
In the box, "Look Up a Legal Case," enter citation such as 41 U.S. 367.
Click the "Go" button to retrieve results
The citation will take you to the case
You will see "headnotes" -key legal points of a case drawn from the language of the court by LexisNexis®attorney-editors.
3. Searching by Law Review articles
When you have a case, there may be law review articles that discuss the issues of the case in more understandable language than the actual case law. Here's how to find these.
Go to Lexis-Nexis
Above the red-outlined search box click on the "Search by Content Type" box
Under the "Legal" list select Law Reviews
Search by case name: eg. Martin v. Waddell or by a topic (eg. hostile workplace)
Law is language specific! And includes lots of Latin!
For precise legal terminology use Nolo's plain-English law dictionary REF 349.7303 N724 (2009)
Citing Court Decisions (Bluebook Rule 10)
Reference form for cases:
Name v. Name, VOlume Source Page (Court Date).
1. Sample reference list entry to a case:
Lessard v. Schmidt, 349 F. Supp. 1078 (E.D. Wis. 1972)
Lessard v. Schmidt (1972) OR (Lessard v. Schmidt, 1972)
2. Sample reference list entry to an appealed case:
Durflinger v. Artiles, 563 F. Supp. 322 (D. Kah. 1981), aff'd, 727 F.2d 888 (10th Circ. 1984).
Durflinger v. Artiles (1981/1984)
3. Sample reference to an unreported decision:
Gilliard v. Oswald, No. 76-2109 (2d Cir. Mar. 16, 1977).
4. Sample reference to a state trial court opinion:
Casey v. Pennsylvania-American Water Co., 12 Pa. D. & C.4th 168 (C.P. Washington County 1991).
5. Sample reference to a federal district court opinion:
Davis v. Monsanto Co., 627 F. Supp. 418 (S.D. W. Va. 1986).
6. Sample reference to a case appealed to a state supreme court:
Compton v. Commonwealth, 239 Va. 312, 389 S.E.2d 460 (1990).
7. Sample reference to a case appealed ato a state court of appeals:
Texas v. Morales, 826 S.W.2d 201 (Tex. Ct. App. 1992).
8. Sample references to cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court:
Brown v. Board of Educ., 347 U.S. 483 (1954).
Maryland v. Craig, 110 S. Ct. 3160 (1990).
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Use Google Scholar to search for your case and find the citation. First, type your case in the Google Scholar box below. Then, click on "Case Law" on the left hand side, once you are taken to Google Scholar. Your case should be one of the first links. Click on "Cite," underneath the case. Your Blueblook citation should then show up.