F&M College Library

Legal Information


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


Legal Websites

How to Find Court Cases

The fastest method is to use Westlaw Next  (see above)


From the Browse menu, select Cases.

In the menu box on the top of the page, type in the citation or the names of the parties for the case you want.

Here is one example:

               Citizens United v. FEC       588 U.S. 310             

               There will be many results for this citation, but the Supreme Court decision will be the first one on the list,

  • You can also find cases using NEXIS Uni (see above) - click on Cases and then chose either Federal Cases or State Cases to begin searching.
  • United States Reports (570 volumes, so far)
    • Ref. JK 1561 .U5 (these volumes are located in the compact shelving on the Ground Floor)
      This is the official compilation of U. S. Supreme Court opinions. Recent opinions are available on the Supreme Court's web page.