While a student at William Paterson, you have access to Lexis/Nexis Academic, one of the best databases for legal research. You can access Lexis/Nexis from Cheng Library's homepage under the Articles & Databases tab by clicking on the letter L. You can also click on the link above or below. Your WP username and password are needed to access the database from off-campus.
From the main screen, select Search by Subject or Topic to view the choices available under the Legal section.
To search for cases, click on Federal and State Cases then select Advanced Options. This allows you to limit your search to Federal courts, State courts, all courts or a specific court.
You can also use the Look up a Legal Case feature in Lexis/Nexis. From the Lexis/Nexis homepage, click on Look Up a Legal Case. This is a great feature to use if you want to retrieve a specific case by the citation or party names. Your citation must be entered correctly to retrieve your case.
The source for case law is usually a "reporter." Reporters are sets of volumes containing judicial decisions/opinions.
347 U.S. 483: 74 S. Ct. 686; 98 L. Ed. 873; 1954 U.S. LEXIS 2094; 53 Ohio Op. 326; 38 A.L.R. 2d 1180
119 N.J. 287; 575 A.2d 359; 1990 N.J. LEXIS 64
New Jersey Case Law
New Jersey Supreme Court