Answered By: ESC Sara
Last Updated: Oct 31, 2023     Views: 79

The primary library database for legal research is Nexis Uni. You may wish to explore the Nexis Uni help guide

To access Nexis Uni, go to the library homepage, and at the Subject Guides menu, select Law & Criminal Justice.


Searching for cases (state, federal, Supreme Court)

In Nexis Uni, under Guided Search, click the "Cases" box, then "Federal Cases" or "State Cases," enter your keywords and date range, as needed, and click Search. 

If you have an exact case citation (e.g., 159 U.S. 533) or a title (e.g., Smith v. Jones), enter them in the search field.

On the search results page, you will see many options on the left to narrow down your search further.


Searching for law review articles on a certain topic

Again, under Guided Search, select the "Law Reviews" box, enter your keywords and date range, as needed, and click Search.

Enter your search, just as you would in any database, using Boolean Operators, as needed.


Note: The Law & Criminal Justice subject guide includes a tab for Websites & Stats, where you will find links to legal websites and primary sources, such as Justia and Findlaw.

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