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BOS 332: Law, Ethics, and Society


This guide will get you started with many different aspects of legal research and will introduce you to some of the most important resources.

"But to live outside the law you must be honest"

- Bob Dylan, "Absolutely Sweet Marie"

Selected Reference Sources

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How to Find Court Cases

The fastest method is to use Westlaw Next

From the Browse menu, select Cases.

In the menu box on the top of the page, type in the citation for each case listed below:

(a citation looks like 588 U. S. 310)

               Here are the citations for the cases you will need to find:

               John Doe v. Unocal       110 F.Supp.2d 1294       

               The citation will lead you directly to the case. It was decided on August 31, 2000.

               Grutter v. Bollinger        539 U.S. 306                   

                The citation will lead you directly to the case.  It was decided on June 23, 2003.

               Citizens United v. FEC       588 U.S. 310             

               There are 1,974 results for this citation, but the Supreme Court decision will be the first one on the list.  The case was decided on January 21, 2010.


United States Reports (574 vols., so far)

  • Ref. JK 1561 .U5 (these volumes are in the compact shelving on the Ground Floor)
    The official compilation of U. S. Supreme Court opinions. Recent opinions are available on the Supreme Court's web page.