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How to Find Cases

Use this guide to learn how to find federal and state legal cases.

Finding by Case Citation

If you have a case citation, you can go immediately to the appropriate set of case reporters and look up the case by volume and page number.

Finding by Topic

It is recommended that you use books and articles to find references to cases related to your topic. Consult the USC Law Library guides Starting Points to Begin Your Legal Research and How to Find Law Journal Articles for information on finding books and articles that may help you in this regard.

If you are looking for cases related to a federal or California statute or constitutional provision, consult the USC Law Library's federal or California statutory research guides (Finding Federal Statutes, Regulations, and Related Cases or Finding California Statutes, Regulations, and Related Cases).