F&M College Library

BOS 332: Law, Ethics, and Society - Fall 2020


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

Indexes and Databases

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Research Help

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 the case you want

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

               Here is the citation for the one of the cases you will need to find:

               New York Times Co. v. Sullivan       376 U.S. 254       

               The citation will lead you directly to the case. It was decided on March 9, 1964.

.              After a brief synopsis and a list of head notes pertaining to aspects of the law, you'll see Justice Brennan's opinion, followed by several concurring opinions,



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.