SEARCH UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
As mentioned on the Home/Legal Research Overview page, rulings and decisions of the courts are judicial primary authority. So when you are looking for case law, you are looking for decisions of courts relating to your topic.
Some tips to help you in your research:
Where to look for case law:
The Libraries provide two primary databases for case law research: WestlawNext Campus Research and Nexis Uni. You can find either of these databases on the alphabetical list of databases.
Keep in mind that if you are connecting from off-campus, you need to connect through one of our pages so that you can log in with your FlashLine Id and password; otherwise, you will not be able to gain access to the database.
The search tips below are specific to WestlawNext Campus Research:
When you first log on to WestlawNext Campus Research, you are presented with a general search screen. Unless you have a case citation or case name, it is NOT recommended that you start your legal research on this screen.
On the right hand side of the search box at the top of the screen, is a default search limit of ALL FEDERAL. Clicking on ALL FEDERAL brings up a menu to limit by Jurisdiction. Click the boxes next to United States Supreme Court and Federal Courts of Appeal to limit your results to cases from those courts, then click Save. Your search will now be limited to decisions from those courts.
You can now type your topic search in the main search box.
Wording your search:
Using Advanced Search options: