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Tutorial for FMSC 487 -- Legal Aspects of Family Problems

Searching by Citation or Title

You can go directly to a case or to an article in a law review if you have the citation for that document.  You also can search by the title of a case.  You may prefer to use the comparatively "user-friendly" Westlaw database for this type of search.  

To find cases or statues by citation:

     Select the appropriate item (i.e., "Cases," "Statutes & Court Rules," etc.) in Westlaw's on-screen menu. Then enter your citation in the search box at the top of the page

Here is an example of a citation for a state legal case:   401 Md. 219

 

To find cases by title:

     Select the appropriate item (i.e., "Cases,".) in Westlaw's on-screen menu. Then enter your title in the search box at the top of the page

Here is an example of a citation for a case title:  Rov v. Wade

 
To find law review articles by citation

            Law reviews are the "scholarly journals," the "peer reviewed journals, " of the legal profession.  Select the "Secondary Sources" tab.   On that page, click on "Law Reviews and Journals" in the menu near the top left side of the page.  Then enter your citation in the search box at the very top of the page.  Click the Search button.

Here is an example of a citation for a law review article:  44-Oct Md. B.J. 32