Law, History & Culture: Finding Legal Cases

This is a research guide for locating primary and secondary sources relevant to the study and research done in the Law History & Culture major

Finding Legal Cases

Use the options below to find federal and state court cases. You'll also find information and documents about cases using the Legal and Newspaper links listed in the Primary Source section of this guide

Finding Federal Court Cases

Finding a specific case:

  • To look up a case by citation, type in the citation for the case in the "By Citation" box, then click on "Go"
  • If you know the names of the parties, type them in the "By Parties" box and click on "Go".  It does not matter which order the parties are entered in. You can also run the search if you only know one party and the name is unique.
  • If you are looking up a Landmark Supreme Court Case, such as Roe v. Wade, you can use the link provided at the bottom of the "Look up a Legal Case" form to go to the Landmark Cases search form.  This is a list of direct links to Landmark Supreme Court Cases sorted alphabetically by topic, then by year, then alphabetically by party name.

Finding cases by topic:

  • Enter unique terms that relate to important issues and facts involved in your topic into the "by Topic" box, then click on "Go"

Finding State Cases

Useful resources

Law School Research Guides

For more in depth guidance consult USC's Asa V. Call Law Library's Research Guides