Legal Research: Supreme Court Briefs

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Welcome to this Information and Library Services presentation on Searching for Supreme Court Briefs using Lexis-Nexis Academic. This tutorial will take last approximately one and one half minutes.

To search for Supreme Court Briefs, click on select “US Legal “on the left-hand side of the page.

Next choose the “Supreme Court Briefs” option.

Enter your search terms into the “Search For” box. Using quotation marks around search terms tells the database to search for that exact phrase.

On the left-hand side of the screen, you will see the number of results. Towards the middle of the screen, you will see cases are automatically sorted by publication date. You can also sort them by “Relevance” or “Chronological”. “Chronological” means that the cases presented first will be displayed first. Let’s look at the Snyder vs. Phelps case

At the top of the page, you will note the name of the original petitioner and the respondent. You will also notice, towards the bottom of the page, the questions presented.

The Statement of Interest shows that the Rutherford Institute is doing this of their own free will and is not being paid by counsel or any party in this case.

The title of this brief shows the author as the Rutherford Institute in support of the Respondent. The Summary of Argument gives a brief synopsis of the case.

Further down, you will find the Argument of the case.

At the bottom of the record, you will find the Conclusion of the case.

Please contact a UMUC librarian if you need help with searching for Supreme Court Briefs, or for any of your research needs. We are available a number of ways including, instant messaging, phone and walk in visits, as well as 24/7 via email and live chat. Thank you for viewing this presentation.


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