To find cases, we recommend the following databases:
To search for cases in Westlaw, you can enter keywords or citations, or browse. In Nexis Uni, you'll see the option to limit your search to cases.
Let's take a closer look at Westlaw. When searching with keywords, use quotations to search a phrase-- for example, searching special education will return different results than "special education." By default, you'll search against all federal jurisdictions. To change this, click the hyperlink labeled "All Federal":
This will return the following options. If you're looking primarily for cases in Illinois, select Illinois and the 7th Circuit.
Once you run a search, you can limit your results to cases in the left-side column.
Once you do that, you'll see additional options for filtering cases-- such as topic, judge, and attorney.
Alternatively, to browse for cases, go to the Home page and navigate to Tools. Select "West Key Number System." This will allow you to browse to cases related to special education.
Key Number 141E is about Education
Once you identify a case you're interested in, you'll see the sections listed below.
Note: Click to enlarge.
Illinois State University
Campus Box 8900
201 North School Street
Normal, Il 61790-8900
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