Answered By: Jeff Dowdy
Last Updated: Jun 13, 2014     Views: 20

If searching by keyword or topic, one approach is to use Google Scholar. From the home screen, be sure to limit your search to 'case law'. 

You may also wish to search via LexisNexis. If you know the parties involved in the case or the citation, use the search box titled 'Look up legal case.' Warning: the search 'by topic' box does not include a keyword search. Your topic must be included on a LexisNexis defined list of topics. To perform a keyword search, use the main search box and use the 'search by content type' to specify if you want Federal and State Cases, for example. 

Also check out the advanced search features. The advantage of advanced search is that LexisNexis allows you to set limits to a State and Federal Cases search. You could limit to 'Georgia' for example. For a sample search, select 'Look up Index terms' and enter 'outdoor'. You will notice the 'subject' option: SPORTS, GAMES & OUTDOOR RECREATION. Limit your search to State and Federal Cases. And enter your search terms: adventure OR wilderness. 

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