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    Answered By: Sarah Johnson
    Last Updated: Dec 07, 2016     Views: 57

    There are a few places that are useful for locating complete copies of law cases. Some are from databases (HeinOnline, LexisNexis, and WestlawNext Campus Research), and others are from free sites (FindLaw, Justia, etc.).

    Here’s a blog post from In Custodia Legis (the blog from the Law Librarians of Congress) with more information for finding case law for free, titled: How to Locate Free Case Law on the Internet.

    And here are options for using the resources listed above.

    First, how to search in Concordia's databases.

    HeinOnline
    http://libguides.cu-portland.edu/hein

    Here are the steps for locating a case. I’m using Brown vs Board of Education.


    LexisNexis
    http://libguides.cu-portland.edu/lexisnexis

    Here are the steps for locating a case. (Still using Brown vs Board of Education.)


    WestlawNext Campus Research
    http://libguides.cu-portland.edu/westlawnext

    Here are the steps for locating a case. (Still using Brown vs Board of Education.)

    • Click on the link labeled “Case Law”
    • Enter the search terms (such as Brown vs Board of Education)
    • Click on the search button
    • Here’s a screenshot of the search and results:
      screenshot illustrating instructions from bulleted list (WestlawNext Campus Research)

    And here's some information for searching in FindLaw and Justia, which are free.

     

    FindLaw
    http://lp.findlaw.com/

    • Searching in the main search box (top right corner) should work.
    • Here’s a screenshot of a search and results (still using Brown vs Board of Education):
      screenshot illustrating instructions from bulleted list (FindLaw)

    Justia
    http://law.justia.com/

    • Searching in the main search box (top right corner) should work.
    • Here’s a screenshot of a search and results (still using Brown vs Board of Education):
      screenshot illustrating instructions from bulleted list (Justia)

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