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United States: legal resources: Cases

US case law online : both federal and state

Vocabulary Alert: In the US legal environment "opinion" is used in place of "written judgment", court decision.

Holders of an Oxford SSO can access  published law US law reports series (both federal and state) online via

Finding US law report series in hard copy

The Law Library has a very good historic collection. However, some of the series have been sent off-site to Closed Stacks at the Book Storage Facility (BSF). When this has happened it indicates that Oxford SSO holders can access the volumes online. However, readers are very welcome to order the physical volumes back to the Law Library if they prefer working from the print copies. Readers can order the volumes back to the Law Library via the request from Closed Stack option on SOLO. Please ask at the Law Enquiry Desk if you have questions or problems.


Alternative to SOLO searches

As law report series can be difficult to find using SOLO the Law Library has devised the database below to help. Always feel free to ask a librarian for help if you continue to have problems.

Available to everyone with access to the internet

Legal citation style

If you are writing a thesis or dissertation for the Oxford Law Faculty, follow US practice for the citation of primary sources (legislation, cases) - then apply OSCOLA's principles for consistency & clarity. (OSCOLA (4th edn, 2012) paras 2.8.1, 2.8.2)