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MC 3080 Mass Media Law: Home

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Lauren Lay

Research Tools

To look for case law on Google Scholar:

  • At the homepage, enter an initial keyword search (or case name or citation) and narrow your search to "Case law."
  • You can further narrow your search by jurisdiction or court on the initial search screen by clicking "Select Courts"..
  • After results have appeared, there are filters on the left to narrow your search by date and jurisdiction or court. The default is to display results by relevance, but you may also choose to sort results by date, displaying the most recent cases at the top of the page.
  • When reading a case, case citations are hyperlinked, but not other sources like statutes and regulations.
  • Below each case on the results page, you will see additional links such as:
    • Cited by: other cases that have cited the case you are currently researching. This feature gives some indication of the depth of discussion; one can also search within these results.
    • How cited: language snippets from citing cases.
    • Related articles : additional information relating to that case.
    •   : case citation; Bluebook form with links to different citation management systems.

Remember that after finding a case on point, you may want to use a citator to check whether the case you found is still good law.

The NexisUni database provides free access to Shepard's Citations.

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