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Google Scholar: case law

1. Enter significant keywords (EXAMPLES) about your topic in Google Scholar.

‚Äč2. Record relevant case citations (e.g., 410 U.S. 113or party names (e.g., Roe v. Wade)


  [ select case law and type of court ]


Search by citation, party name or topic

Enter case citation or party name: 

[ search by party name ]

Select cases and search by topic: 
[ search for federal or state cases ]

Latin terms

Shepard's indicators

AVOID cases that have a "stop sign" symbol.  They have been overturned by a higher court. 

Once an opinion is published, that case can be used to interpret other cases and can itself be subject to further interpretation by these cases.  Analyze a case to see how it has stood against possible subsequent interpretation in later cases. 


[ type shep: in the search box, followed by the citation number.  EXAMPLE:  shep: 800F.2d 111 ]

Indicator symbols

[ image of Shepard's Indicators ]

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