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Cite Checking Guide for Law Reviews & Publication: Cases

Federal

Supreme Court

The official version of the United States Supreme Court opinions is the United States Reports.  Example: 310 U.S. 113 (1940)

PDF: HeinOnline (United States Reports and preliminary prints, 1754-present)

Print: Eckstein Law Library, first floor. Call Number: KF 102.1.U8 (entire set) 

Circuit Courts of Appeal

Federal Circuit Court of Appeals opinions are published in the Federal Reporter.  The Federal Reporter is published across three series (F., F.2d, F.3d).  Example: 216 F.3d 616 (7th Cir. 2000) 

PDF: Westlaw (PDF link, if available for the case, will appear at top and bottom of case text)

Print:  Eckstein Law Library, first and third floors. Call Number: KF 105.F43 (entire set on first floor; incomplete F.2d and F.3d on third floor) 

District Courts

Federal District Court opinons are published in the Federal Supplement.  The Federal Supplement is published across two series (F. Supp., F. Supp. 2d, F. Supp. 3d).  Example:  822 F. Supp. 416 (W.D. Mich. 1993).

PDF: Westlaw (PDF link, if available for the case, will appear at top and bottom of case text)

Print: Eckstein Law Library. Call Number: KF 120.F42; KF 120.F421 (complete set on first floor).

States

Regional Reporters

Most citations to state cases will be to one of West's seven regional reporters: Atlantic Reporter, Southern Reporter, South Eastern Reporter, South Western Reporter, North Eastern Reporter, North Western Reporter, Pacific Reporter.  Each of the regional reporters contains cases from multiple states and is published across two or three series.  Check Marqcat for currency of each regional reporter -- coverage at Eckstein has ended for some regional reporters in print. The North Western Reporter is current.

PDF:  Westlaw (PDF link, if available for the case, will appear at top and bottom of case text)

Print: Eckstein Law Library, third floor.  

Wisconsin Reports

The Wisconsin Supreme Court has designated the Wisconsin Reports as one of the official publications of Wisconsin Supreme Court and Court of Appeals decisions.  The Wisconsin Reports is published across two series.

Print: Eckstein Law Library, first and third floors. Call Number: KFW 2445.R47; KFW 2445.R48