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CO 447 Race, Law and Media: Federal & State Legal Cases

Guide to finding primary and secondary sources in Professor Anjali Vat's Race, Law and Media course.

Find a Case by Citation

If you have a citation (i.e. 538 U.S. 600) go to LexisNexis Academic click on the "Look up a Legal Case" and enter the citation.

Finding a case by topic

Citing to Cases

Citing to legal cases
The basic components of a case are:
  • the party names
  • the published source where it can be found
  • the year of the decision
The first of the two examples below is a Supreme Court case.  The second is from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Morse v. Frederick, 551 U.S. 393 (2007)

Phillips Exeter Acad. v. Howard Phillips Fund, Inc., 196 F.3d 284 (1st Cir. 1999)

Subject Librarian

Leslie Homzie
O'Neill Library

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