While a student at William Paterson, you have access to Nexis Uni (formerly Lexis/Nexis) one of the best databases for legal research. You can access Nexis Uni from Cheng Library's homepage by clicking on Databases, then clicking on the letter N. 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 to search cases, select Cases. You can then select Federal cases and perform a search. If you select State Cases, enter the name of the state.
You can also find a case using the citation. From the Nexis Uni homepage, click on Get a Doc Assistance and follow the steps below.
Select the Content Type (case, statute, administrative code, etc.)
Select the Jurisdiction (Federal or a specific State)
Select the Source and click on the Citation Format
For cases, enter the volume number in the first box and the page number in the second box.
Click on Get Document
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