HeinOnline's Tip of the Week: Are you looking for Supreme Court Cases covering a specific topic?

Are you looking for Supreme Court Cases about "Right to Privacy", or cases decided by Justice Roger Taney? Did you know that HeinOnline’s U.S. Supreme Court Library has a special feature provided courtesy of the Legal Information Institute (LII) of Cornell University Law School that allows you to search by topic or author across Supreme Court cases? This week’s tip outlines this feature which is available in HeinOnline’s U.S. Supreme Court Library.

You can find this feature inside the U.S. Supreme Court Library under the resources tab. Click on the link entitled "Legal Information Institute Indexing".

The indexing information in this tool is part of Cornell University Law School’s United States Supreme Court Collection. The indexes are provided by topic and author for cases from 1990 to present and also for more than 600 of the Court’s most important decisions from the founding of the court to the present.

After clicking on the "Legal Information Institute Indexing" link, you will be provided with a brief summary of the tool, searching options, as well as browsing options.

You can choose to browse by topic or browse by author. Or, if you have a topic in mind, such as the Clayton Act, you can run a search to find all the cases relevant to the topic. To do this, enter Clayton Act into the first search box, select Topic from the drop down menu, and click search.

This will return a list of all cases relevant to the Clayton Act. Click on the citation link to view the full text of the case.

Now, let’s narrow the search to display only cases discussing the Clayton Act and price. To do this, return to the Legal Information Institute I screen. Enter Clayton Act into the first search box and select Topic from the drop down. Choose the AND Boolean operator to connect the first and second search terms. Then, insert the term price into the second search box and select Topic from the drop down menu.

This will limit our results to three cases discussing both the Clayton Act and price.

You may also search by author. For example, insert Marshall, John into the first search box, select Author from the drop down menu and click search. This will return a list of all cases in which Justice John Marshall was involved.


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