Answered By: Jessica Kiebler
Last Updated: Nov 29, 2016     Views: 47

Supreme Court cases, as well as many other federal, state and lower court cases, can be found in the LexisNexis and WestlawNext databases on the Library website.

Browsing Supreme Court cases on Lexis Nexis:

  1. Go to the Library website via the tab in Blackboard.
  2. Click on the yellow Research/Explore Tab and then click on Databases.
    1. If the Research/Explore tab does not drop down, you may need to try another browser such as Chrome or Firefox.


       
  3. Find the subject category “Legal” and click on “Lexis Nexis.”

 

  1. Once you are on the LexisNexis Academic search page, click on the “Search by Subject or Topic” dropdown above the red search box.


     
  2. Click on “Federal and State Cases”. This will give you a list of Landmark Supreme Court Cases.


     
  3. Find your topic of choice or select “All Topics” for more options.
  4. Click on any link in the list to view the entire court case.
  5. From the main search page, you can also click on the "Look Up a Legal Case" box.  Type in information you have about the case.  For Landmark cases, click on the "Cases" link at the bottom of the box. 


     
  6. If you have a specific case in mind, you can also search in the red box on the main LexisNexis page. 
    • However, you will get results that include references to that case as well as cases with similar sounding names.  Therefore it may take you longer to find the case you’re looking for than if you went directly to the Landmark Cases list as described above.

 

Accessing cases on WestLaw:

  1. Go to the Library website via the tab in Blackboard.
  2. Click on the yellow Research/Explore Tab and then click on Databases.
    1. If the Research/Explore tab does not drop down, you may need to try another browser such as Chrome or Firefox.
  3. Find the subject category “Legal” and click on “Westlaw Next.”
  4. Once you are on the main WestLaw search page, click on the “Federal Materials” tab under the search box.


     
  5. Click on “Federal Cases”.  Then click on “U.S. Supreme Court”.
  6. You will see the 10  most recent cases.  To search for a specific case, use the search box at the top of the page which is now automatically set to search only Supreme Court cases. 

 

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