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Law and Legal Studies: Finding Court Cases

Reading a Citation

Cases are found with a legal citation.

Citations have three parts:

  • volume number
  • title of a report (governmental collection of cases) or reporter (private publisher collection of cases)
  • page number

For instance, Bush v. Gore, that decided the 2000 Presidential Election was made available in a wide variety of sources:

531 U.S. 98, 121 S. Ct. 525, 148 L. Ed. 2d 388

Let's take the following citation and break it down: 531 U.S. 98

  • 531 = volume 531
  • U.S. = United States Reports
  • 98 = page number 98

Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations

Wikipedia's list of legal abbreviations

Finding Court Cases

Find court cases in two Milner law databases

Westlaw

Enter the court case name in the main search box.

Nexis Uni (formerly Nexis Uni)

Enter court case name in main search box
or
Select Cases box for other search options

Westlaw

Nexis Uni (formerly Nexis Uni)

Enter court case citation in main search box
or
Select Cases box for other search options

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