Most courts put their published cases online for free but it’s usually not easy to search across multiple courts or see whether a case has been overruled by later cases, so most attorneys access cases on the paid Lexis or Westlaw databases.
Undergraduates do not have access to these databases, so your best bets are:
All of the databases allow you to:
Nexis Uni is usually best for researching cases because:
At the top of each case on Nexis Uni, you will find a section labeled LexisNexis Headnotes, that provides short notes that summarize each holding in the case. The headnotes are not part of the case and you should never quote or cite them. However, headnotes are useful tools for finding relevant parts of the case and finding similar cases.
Look for a headnote on a topic relevant to your research and then:
You can also click Shepardize this document in the right sidebar to find a list of cases that cite your case on any topic.
Shepardize also warns you if there is a problem with your case by placing a red or yellow symbol to the left of the case name and in the right hand Shepard's sidebar.