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Justice Administration

Research guide to assist justice administration students and faculty.

Searching for Case Law

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Many state  and federal court decisions can be found using Google Scholar. For more options, select the advanced scholar search which will allow you to narrow down your search by jurisdiction and date.

Broad search settings.

  1. Articles (deselect patents unless you really want patents) 
    1. This selection is most effective if you are looking for a specific journal title or an article you know exists.
    2. You can search by author, publication, and date. 
  2. Case Law
    1. If searching for case law, you then have the option to limit to particular courts.
Google Scholar Search

Oklahoma State Courts Network (All Cases):

Oklahoma Public Legal Research System: contains unpublished court decisions.

 


  • U.S. Supreme Court (PDFs of U.S. Reports 1991-, slip ops 2008-)
    • Browse documents by Term or search “All Documents or “Docket Files.”
  • U.S. Courts of Appeals (links to court websites, coverage varies)
  • U.S. District Courts (links to court websites, coverage varies)
  • Findlaw  (Cases & Codes > Select Court)
    • U.S. Supreme Court (1893-)
      • Search by citation, party name, or full-text
      • Browse cases by year (2005-)
    • U.S. Courts of Appeals (1995-, First Circuit 2/1984-, Ninth Circuit 11/1994-)
      • Search full text, by party name, or docket number
      • Browse recent decisions
  • Justia  (Laws: Cases & Codes > Browse by Volume or Year (Sup. Ct. 1959-).
    • U.S. Supreme Court (1791-)
    • U.S. Courts of Appeals (1951-)
    • U.S. District Courts (coverage varies) Decisions and Orders by State/District
  • Legal Information Institute (LII(Legal Resources > Federal Law > Judicial Branch)
  • Public Library of Law (Case Law > Search by Keyword; Advanced Options > Restrict by Date Range and/or Jurisdiction > Search by Keyword.  Results displayed by relevancy)
  • Case Law Access Project (Harvard Law) 
  • Ravel Law
  • Open Jurist

Legal Citation

A consistent and uniform citation method for legal materials is important for two reasons. First, it must be possible for the reader to accurately and efficiently locate and verify the information that is offered in support of legal arguments and theories. Second, a citation system provides visual clues to the reader as to the authority of the referenced legal material.

The two most often used citation systems in the United States are The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation and the ALWD Guide to Legal Citation.

 

Peter W. Martin created the free online resource Introduction to Basic Legal Citation. This resource is indexed to the fourth edition of the ALWD Guide to Legal Citation and the 19th edition of The Bluebook. Martin's introduction notes that the resource "also documents the many respects in which contemporary legal writing, very often following guidelines set out in court rules, diverges from the citation formats specified by those academic texts." Short tutorials and other examples are provided to help the user understand and apply the citation systems.

Another interactive online free resource was created by the Georgetown University Law Library. There is a general BlueBook Guide and three short interactive video tutorials that address citations for cases, statutes, and law review articles.