Finding Cases in Westlaw

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Getting Started

The library subscribes to the legal database Westlaw which you can use to look up both federal and state cases, statutes, regulations, etc.

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Accessing Westlaw

To find the Westlaw database, go to the Library's home page: https://www.cpp.edu/~library/index.shtml.

From the home page, click on "Databases." Click on the "W" to navigate to your database.

Accessing Westlaw Database

If you are on-campus, you will be able to access it right away. If you are off-campus, you will be asked to log in with your Bronco name and password.

Westlaw Homepage

Westlaw Home Page

This is the Westlaw home page. Here you can use the search bar and enter in the name of the case or the case citation.

Example: Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka

An example of a full case citation is:

Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 347 U.S. 483 (1954)

  • Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka - the name of the case
  • 347 - volume number
  • U.S. - abbreviation of the reporter, in this case, the United States Supreme Court
  • 483 - the page number where the opinion begins
  • 1954 - the year the court came to the decision on the case

You can use either the name of the case (Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka) or the citation (347 U.S. 483). 

Finding the Case

Once you type in your case or case citation, click on the magnifying glass and your search results will generate, listing cases first.

search results

Click to access the case.

Other Tools

1. Select the case jurisdiction

You can narrow down your search by clicking on "All Federal" to narrow down your case by jurisdiction.

Select Jurisdiction
Jurisdiction Menu

2. Search history

You can view your recent searches using the history function.

 

Questions?

Elizabeth Hernandez, Reference Librarian

evgomez@cpp.edu