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Legal Research Review: Case Research

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Read More About It in Sloan

Sloan's Basic Legal Research: Chapter 5. 

Sloan's Researching the Law: Chapter 9

Useful Phone Numbers

Bloomberg Law
1-888-560-BLAW (2529)

Lexis Advance
1-800-45-LEXIS (1-800-455-3947)

1-800-WESTLAW (1-800-937-8529)

Reading a Case Opinion

  • Parallel Citation (editorial enhancement)
  • Title 
  • Docket # 
  • Case Summary (editorial enhancement)
  • Headnotes (editorial enhancement)
  • Opinion (official)


Finding Cases

  • Search database by Keyword
  • Search database by Topic
  • Use annotated code (see Statutes tab)
  • Use a secondary source (see Secondary Sources tab)