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Researching Case Law

Finding US cases: HeinOnline

Access via A-Z Databases page:

The Introduction to the U.S. Supreme Court Library provides a brief overview of the Supreme Court as well as a description of the database.

The Official Reports contain:

Click here for a definition of 'slip opinion'.

Slip opinions can be searched by date or case name:

Cases are in PDF format.

Warning: Using will not  produce an AGLC4 citation! See Citing US cases using AGLC4 box below.


Finding US cases: Lexis Advance (US Research System)

Access from the A-Z Databases page:

Unless you know the specific Federal Court or Circuit of your case, select All Federal. Similarly, if you are unsure of the State where the case you require was decided, select All States.

If you are looking for a case on a specific subject, select a topic from those listed under Practice Area.

Example of a case:

Warning: Using will not produce an AGLC4 citation! See Citing US cases using AGLC4 box below.

Subsequent consideration:
Find the case and click on 


Finding US cases: Thomson Reuters Westlaw

Access from the A-Z Databases page:

Unless you know the specific Federal Court or Circuit of your case, select All Federal Cases. Similarly, if you are unsure of the State where the case you require was decided, select All State Cases.

If you are looking for a case on a specific subject, select a topic from those listed under Cases by Topic.

Example of case:

Use PDF of original image.

Subsequent consideration:
Located next to 

 is a list of cases relied upon as authority by the document you are viewing. Note flags indicating later judicial consideration.


Free case law sites

 

Cases and Codes 

 

  Justia US Law

 

   Legal Information Institute (LII) 

 

    Public Library of Law

 

US Government Publishing Office: United States Courts Opinions


Citing US cases using AGLC4

Citing US cases is covered in rule 25.1 of AGLC4.


Other Library guides for finding US cases

The University of Melbourne's United States Legal Research Guide: Case Law provides excellent information on locating US cases.

Monash University's Foreign law - United States is also recommended.

This guide aims to provide links to US cases, and is not intended as an explanation of the US system.