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U.S. Government Legal Information: Case Law Reporters & Legal Citations

Cases, Reporters, & Digests

COURTS COVERED

CASE REPORTER

DIGESTS

Comprehensive: All Courts

Comprehensive: Federal Courts

LexisNexis Academic  (U.S. Lexis)

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FindLaw

 

Supreme Court

"Bound Volumes"

United States Reports (U.S.) U.S. Doc Ref Ju6.8:

U.S. Reports, HeinOnline (vol. 1-; 1754-)

U.S. Reports, Supreme Court website (vol. 502- ; 1991-)

Supreme Court Reporter (S.Ct.) KF101 .A322

LexisNexis Academic database (U.S. Lexis)

U.S. Supreme Court Digest Ref KF8741 .A53 U5

Supreme Court

"Preliminary Prints" and "Slip Opinions"

United States Reports Preliminary Prints, HeinOnline

United States Reports Slip Opinions HeinOnline

U.S. Law Week (U.S.L.W.) K25 .N48 Latest 5 years in Ref

 

Lower Federal Courts:

U.S. District Courts
U.S. Circuit Courts
U.S. Court of Appeals
U.S. Court of Claims
U.S. Court of Customs

Delaware is in the Third Circuit

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LexisNexis Academic 

HeinOnline

Federal Reporter (F. or Fed.)
KF110.1 .F441
1880-1924 (vol. 1-300)
Federal Reporter, 2d Series (F.2d)
KF110.1 .F442

1924-1993 (vol. 1-999)
Federal Reporter, 3d Series (F.3d)
KF110.1 .F442
1993- (vol. 1-)
Federal Supplement (F.S. or F. Supp)
KF105 .F44
1933-1998 (vol. 1-999)
Federal Supplement, 2d Series (F.S.2d or F. Supp2d)
KF105 .F44
1998- (vol. 1-)

Court Website Links
3rd Circuit Opinions and Oral Arguments

 

 

 

Federal Digest
K69 .F42x
Prior to 1939
Modern Federal Practice
KF127 .W48 1976
1939-1960
West's Federal Practice Digest, 2d
Library Annex KF127 .W48 1976
1961-1975
West's Federal Practice Digest, 3d
Library Annex KF127 .W48 1984
1975-1983
West's Federal Practice Digest, 4th
Ref KF127 .W48 1989
1975-

State supreme court and appellate court decisions (opinions) are:
  • published in West's regional reporters
  • available online

Court Website Links

Delaware is in the Atlantic region reporter, which also covers:
CT, ME, MD, NH, NJ, PA, RI, VT

LexisNexis Academic 

HeinOnline

Atlantic Reporter (A. or Atl.)
KF135 .A7
1895-1938 (vol. 1-200)
Atlantic Reporter, 2d Series (A. 2d.)
KF135 .A7
1938-1988 (vol. 1-531)
West's Atlantic Reporter (A. 2d.)
KF135 .A7
1988- (vol. 532-)

 

Atlantic Reporter Digest
Library Annex KF135 .A7 W39
1930-1968
West's Atlantic Digest 2d
Ref KF135 .A71 .W4
1968-

Legal Citations

The legal citation for a case identifies the name of the court reporter in which the opinion is published and where the case can be found.

 

 

Parallel Citations

Opinions may be published in more than one reporter. These are called "parallel citations."

LexisNexis Academic (Library database) includes notations and page numbers of all the parallel citations for a case, including the Lexis citation.

 

All of these are citations to the same case: REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA v. BAKKE

 

 

 

 

Bibliographic citation

To identify a case in a research paper, use the name of the case and a legal citation taken from a print reporter. The Lexis citation may be included as a convenience.

Citations

Example of citation to a court reporter, formatted as a universal citation. From AALL publication Universal Citation Guide, Version 2.1.

Subject Librarian

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Rebecca Knight
Contact:
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Morris Library, Room 117H

Subjects: U.S. Government Information,
Delaware, census, family studies, RefWorks, APA style, and genealogy.


Education:
B.A., History. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 1973.
M.S., Library Science. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 1981.