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U.S. Supreme Court Decisions

This guide describes how to locate a U.S. Supreme Court case by name, citation and subject.

Databases (UM Only)

Databases are available on campus to all patrons. 

Remote access is available only to UM College Park faculty, students and staff.

Cases: Database Strategies

1. Search for a case by citation (best approach) or case name.

The legal citation for a case looks like this:

Gonzales v. Raich, 545 U.S. 1 (2005)

The citation is read:

Gonzales v. Raich = name of the case

545= Volume 545 of the

U.S. =  United States Reports

1 = case begins on page 1

2005 = date of the case decision


LexisNexis Academic

Use the main LN page and the Look up a Legal Case box:

 Search by Case Name


   Search by Case Citation



WestlawNext Campus Research


Search by Case Name                                                        


Search by Case Citation