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ELHE6004: Legal Issues in American Higher Education: Lexis/Nexis Database

Legal Resources in Lexis/Nexis

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. 

Lexis/Nexis Academic  

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. 

Lexis/Nexis Find a Case Feature

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.


" Reporters"

 The source for case law is usually a "reporter." Reporters are sets of volumes containing judicial decisions/opinions.

Legal Citation Formats


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

Federal Case Abbreviations

Federal Case Law
U. S. Supreme Court 
•United States Reports- U.S. 
•Supreme Court Reporter - S. Ct. 
•Lawyer's Edition- L. Ed. 
U. S. Court of Appeals
•Federal Reporter 3d Series F.3
•Federal Reporter 2d Series F.2
•Federal Reporter F  
U.S. District Courts
•Federal Supplement 2d Series  F. Supp. 2d
•Federal Supplement F. Supp.
•Federal Rules Decisions F.R. D. 

New Jersey Case Abbreviations

New Jersey Case Law

New Jersey Supreme Court

  • New Jersey Reports - N.J. 
Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division 
  • New Jersey Superior Court Reports  - N.J. Super.