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Legal Research Skills Guide: How to find a case

Finding a case from a citation

When you are provided with a citation for a Case, the quickest way to see which database holds the fulltext of the Case is to use the abbreviation in the citation - using the same process as finding a journal article from a citation.

Use an abbreviations guide to find out the full title of the report series:

Then search for the law report series in Primo Search.  If the library subscribes to the report series, follow the link to view online and navigate to the correct volume.

Finding a reported case from a citation

Finding cases on a topic

While it is possible to use Case Citators to find cases on a topic, the best way to locate Case law on a topic is to use secondary resources.  These resources will point you to the key cases on that topic.

Activity #14 - Locating a case from a citation