Legal Research

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Research Guide


U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Supreme Court Cases and Briefs are available on LexisNexis Academic, under the Legal tab.

LexisNexis also publishes Landmark Briefs & Arguments of the Supreme Court of the United States: Constitutional Law, which provides more comprehensive coverage of materials related to selected cases. The most significant difference from the material available on LexisNexis Academic is the inclusion of Oral Arguments.

Related Resources

Oyez Project

There are seven years of transcripts on the official Supreme Court site.

Federal Courts

In addition to the Supreme Court, the US Federal Courts system includes U.S. Courts of Appeals, U.S. District Courts, Bankruptcy Courts. They are arranged into 94 judicial districts, grouped into 12 regional circuits. In LexisNexis Academic, you can search for federal cases by circuit. You can also search for state cases within each circuit.

Related Resources

  • U.S. Courts website provides explanation and maps of the federal court system.

Briefs from Lower Courts

LexisNexis Academic does not cover the briefs and pleadings of courts other than the U.S. Supreme Court. This type of material is available to law schools in Some courts provide briefs online. There's a nice summary on LLRX

Federal Codes and Regulations

Did you know you can browse the US Code in LexisNexis Academic? The following is a list of browsable sources related to the USCS that you can access using the links provided or by entering their names (in quotes) in the Find option under the Sources tab.

Related Resources

GPO Access has CFR and USC.

Cornell University has a guide to the US Code Popular Names of Acts

State Codes, Statutes, and Regulations

Use the State Statutes, Codes & Regulations Search Form inside the Legal tab in LexisNexis Academic, or browse under Publication Type in the source directory to select the correct source for your state.

Related Resources

Widner University Legislation Finding Aid

Related Resources

Legal Reference

LexisNexis Academic contains several dictionaries and reference sources for US and international law. *Off-campus users should read the article About Subscription Links.