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Judicial Branch Publications

Prepared for LIS 526: Government Publications


Finding a published opinion with a known citation can be relatively straightforward with access to free and commercial resources. Finding opinions on a particular topic can be more challenging, especially using free online sources only. Coverage in free collections varies, and most free sites do not offer sophisticated finding aids and search tools, relying on keyword searching and browsing. when looking for opinions on a topic, preliminary research using secondary sources is recommended. See for information on using and accessing law reviews, treatises, and more, see the guide to Secondary Sources.

Free Online Sources

Commercial Online Sources

Nexis Uni, Fastcase, and HeinOnline are UW Restricted database. Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance, and WestlawNext are available to users with individual passwords. For more information, see Access to Bloomberg Law, Lexis Advance & WestlawNext.

Print Sources

See Court Reporters - U.S. (Federal) for information on the call numbers, locations, and dates of coverage of print reporters in the Gallagher Law Library collection.