Q. What databases should I search to access court cases?

Answer

The most complete collection of legal cases are Westlaw and LexisNexis
— both available through the library home page under the "Databases" tab at http://www.uhd.edu/library/. You will need your 900-number and password to connect remotely.

In WestlawNext, click on the “Law” tab at the top of the screen. Then look for the “Find” box on the left side of the screen. If you know the case citation, type it in the find box and click “Go.” If you only know the party names, type them in the appropriate boxes and click “Go.”

In LexisNexis, look for the “Look up a Legal Case” box. Search by citation or parties. If your case is from the U.S. Supreme Court or a state court of appeals you will probably find it here. For other courts, you may need to use Westlaw.

Some cases are also free on the Internet. These search engines can help you find those cases:

Find Law for Legal Professionals
http://lp.findlaw.com/

Legal Information Institute Supreme Court Cases
http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/

Google Scholar
http://scholar.google.com/
(choose the “Legal opinions and journals” link)

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  • Last Updated Dec 03, 2018
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