Monday, October 03, 2005

Bonus Research Tip - English Cases

Several students have asked if it is possible to find English cases on LexisNexis or Westlaw. The answer is: "Yes, English cases are available on both systems."

On the LexisNexis Sources page and Legal tab (this is the default when you log on and click on Research System), click on "Legal (excluding U.S.)" in the lower right corner, then United Kingdom, then Case Law and choose "England and Wales Reported and Unreported Cases" or "The Law Reports of England and Wales." Since English cases can have several parallel citations, you may want to try a case name search such as:

name(Smythe and Regina) or
name(Smythe) and date is 1558

From the Westlaw Directory (blue link in the gray bar near the top), click on International/Worldwide Materials, then Europe and the United Kingdom, then Individual Country Materials, then United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland), then Cases and choose "United Kingdom Reports All - Non-UK Academic Access (Multi) (UK-RPTS-ALL-ACAD)" or "All Reports - Non-UK Academic Access (Multi) (ALL-RPTS-ACAD)." On Westlaw, case name searches look like this:

ti(Smythe and Regina) or
ti(Smythe) and da(1558)

Ask a reference librarian if you need any help.

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