If you know a case's citation, such as 13 Cal. 3d 804 or 544 U.S. 460, you can use this information to locate the case on Lexis Advance, Westlaw, or Google Scholar. You can also find the case in print publications if you do not have access to online resources.
You can use Google Scholar to find cases by citation. From the Google Scholar page, type the case citation in the search box. Make sure the "Case Law" button is activated below the search box, then click the search button. You can select your case's jurisdiction if you know it on the search results page -- note that you can filter by jurisdiction using the menu on the left-hand side of the page.
On Lexis Advance, follow these steps to find a case by citation:
If you do not have access to online resources, you can use print case reporters to look up your case by citation.
First, it's important to understand the main parts of a case citation.
For example, the U.S. Supreme Court case, Granholm v. Heald, has the following citation: 544 U.S. 460 (2005).
Sometimes, you'll run into a reporter abbreviation that is unfamiliar to you. You can use the following resources to decipher the reporter's title:
Prince's Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations: a reference guide for attorneys, legal secretaries, paralegals, and law students, KF 246 .B46 2017, shelved on the main floor in LAW OPEN RESERVE.
The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation, KF 245 .U5, which you can find in LAW OPEN RESERVE. There are also copies available on reserve behind the Circulation Desk. The reference desk has a copy of the Bluebook as well.
We've prepared a chart displaying common print reporters with their abbreviations and locations within the law library:
|Abbreviation||Title of Reporter||USF Call No.|
California reporters are located on the library's main floor.
|Cal., or C.||California Reports||KFC 45 .A2|
|Cal. 2d, or C.2d||California Reports Second Series||KFC 45.A22|
|Cal. 3d, or C.3d||California Reports Third Series||KFC 45 .A23|
|Cal. 4th, or C.4th||California Reports Fourth Series||KFC 45 .A24|
|Cal.App., or C.A.||California Appellate Reports||KFC 48 .A2|
|Cal. App. 2d,
or C.A. 2d
|California Appellate Reports Second Series||KFC 48 .A212|
|Cal. App. 3d,
or C.A. 3d
|California Appellate Reports Third Series||KFC 48 .A213|
|Cal. App. 4th,
or C.A. 4th
|California Appellate Reports Fourth series||KFC 48 .A214|
|Cal. Rptr., or C.R.||California Reporter||KFC 47 .C32|
|Cal. Rptr. 2d
or C.R. 2d
|California Reporter Second Series||KFC 47 .C322|
|Cal. Rptr. 3d
or C.R. 3d
|California Reporter Third Series||KFC 47 .C323|
Federal reporters are located on the library's second floor.
|U.S.||United States Reports||KF 101 .A212|
|S.Ct.||Supreme Court Reporter||KF 101 .A45|
|L. Ed.||United States Supreme Court Reports,Lawyer's Edition||KF 101 .A312|
|L.Ed. 2d||United States Supreme Court Reports, Lawyer's Ed., Second Series||KF 101 .A313|
|F.||Federal Reporter||KF 105 .F43|
|F.2d||Federal Reporter Second Series||KF 105 .F44|
|F.3d||Federal Reporter Third Series||KF 105 .F45|
|F.Supp.||Federal Supplement||KF 120 .F4|
|F.R.D.||Federal Rules Decisions||KF 8839 .F4|
|Fed. Appx.||West's Federal Appendix (unreported cases)||KF 105 .F45|
|A.M.C.||American Maritime Cases||KF 1100 .A2 A43|
|U.S.P.Q.||United States Patents Quarterly||KF 3105 .A2 U5|
|U.S.P.Q.2d.||United States Patents Quarterly Second Series||KF 3105 .A2 U52|
State Cases -- Regional Reporters
Regional reporters are located on the second floor, except as noted.
|A.||Atlantic Reporter [In LAW COMPACT STORAGE, Lower Level]||KF 135 .A7 A812|
|A.2d||Atlantic Reporter Second Series [LAW STACKS]||KF135.A71 W4|
|A.3d||Atlantic Reporter Third Series [LAW STACKS]|
|N.E.||North Eastern Reporter [In LAW COMPACT STORAGE, Lower Level]||KF 135 .N6|
|N.E. 2d||North Eastern Reporter Second Series||KF 135 .N6 N612|
|N.W.||North Western Reporter [In LAW COMPACT STORAGE, Lower Level]||KF 135 .N7|
|N.W. 2d||North Western Reporter Second Series||KF 135 .N7 N612|
|N.Y.S.||New York Supplement [Moved Online]||KFN 5045.A33|
|P.||Pacific Reporter||KF 135 .P2|
|P.2d||Pacific Reporter Second Series||KF 135 .P2 P312|
|P.3d||Pacific Reporter Third Series||KF 135 .P2 P313|
|S.E.||South Eastern Reporter [In LAW COMPACT STORAGE, Lower Level]||KF 135 .S6|
|S.E.2d||South Eastern Reporter Second Series||KF 135 .S6 S612|
|S.W.||SouthWestern Reporter [In LAW COMPACT STORAGE, Lower Level]||KF 135 .S7|
|S.W. 2d||South Western Reporter Second Series||KF 135 .S7 S612|
|S.W. 3d||South Western Reporter Third Series||KF 135 .S7 S613|
|So.||Southern Reporter [In LAW COMPACT STORAGE, Lower Level]||KF 135 .S8|
|So. 2d||Southern Reporter Second Series||KF 135 .S8 S612|
|So. 3d||Southern Reporter Third Series||KF 135 .S8 S612|