Answered By: Suzanne Schriefer, Education & General Education Librarian
Last Updated: Jun 25, 2018     Views: 160

FastCase is a library database that contains full-text versions of Federal and state court opinions in addition to other legal materials.  You can search for cases using key words, a legal citation, and party names.  You can also limit searches to specific jurisdictions using the "Advanced Caselaw Search" feature.

Quick caselaw search

Using the Advanced Caselaw Search allows multiple search options:

Advanced caselaw search

There is a option to search using keywords and Boolean connectors, natural language, or by citation.

You can also select the jurisdiction (located at the bottom of the page).

Fastcase select jursidictions

Use the + sign to expand a particular jurisdiction to view all options  Check the boxes that you would like to include in your search before clicking the Search button.

fastcase relevance ranking

Cases will be listed in relevance order.  Click on the case name to link to the full text of the opinion.

Paralegal students can use Lexis Advance to find Federal and state court opinions. 

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