Academic Help: US Cases

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For help on searching for legal citations see Legal Citation Help



About the US Federal & State Cases Search Form

The US Federal & State Cases search form is located in the US Legal section of LexisNexis Academic. You can perform various tasks on the US Federal & State Cases search form such as:

  • Find a US Case by Legal Citation
  • Find a US Case on a specific topic
  • Find a case in a specific state by a particular judge
  • Find a case that occurred during a certain period of time

Please see the article on Legal Citation Formats.

Search For

The "Search For" section allows you to input your own key terms. In these search boxes, you can put words or phrases that convey a particular topic, like "abortion." This is useful when you need to browse several articles on one topic. The Search For section also makes it easy to find particular articles you know specific information about. For example, if you need to find articles by a specific citation, type the citation in the search box and select "Citation" from the drop-down box. In addition to a full text search ("Everywhere" in the drop down box,) you may use the drop down box to find articles:

  • by Citation
  • by Party Name
  • by Legal Topics
  • by Judge
  • by Attorneys
  • Articles that contain your input term at least 5 times

Please see the article on Legal Citation Formats.

Specify Date

One of the most efficient ways to narrow your results set is by specifying the date. If you're researching a current event, try narrowing the date to the last 6 months. If you're researching a past event, use the "Is Between..." option to set the dates yourself. Choosing a time period to search through will change your results drastically. You will be much more likely to find relevant results.


Select a Jurisdiction from the drop-down box. You can search:

  • All US Federal & State Courts
  • The US Supreme Court
  • By State
  • Highest State Courts
  • District Courts
  • Courts of Appeals
  • Circuit Courts
  • Federal Military Courts