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Legal Research

  • Lexis-Nexis Academic
    Provides full-text access to a wide range of legal (law reviews, federal case law, state legal research) sources. It also includes the U.S. Code, Constitution & Court rules.

    Go to Look up a Legal Case, By Citation to search for reported cases.
    -  Civil Rights Cases, 109 U.S. 3
    -  Newcomer, 11 Phila. 519

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    Use the Shepardize link from a case to see where that case is cited in other cases or in articles.
    Open the menu on the left side of the screen by clicking on U.S. Legal and select Federal & State Cases. Search for cases by keywords and phrases in the decision.

  • HeinOnline
    This legal database provides fully-searchable text of over 500 law journals, Supreme Court Reports, Treaties in Force, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents (1977-2003) and the Federal Register (1936-1994).

    U.S. Statutes at Large
    Browse for 18 Stat. 335 (text of the Civil Rights Act of 1875)


    Law Journal Library
    Search for articles on the Civil Rights Act of 1875 or Newcomer or any other keywords.
    Find the Law Library Journal and pull up 74 Law Lib. J. 543, Checklist of Legal Newspapers in the United States. This article lists the Legal Intelligencer that first published the Newcomer case. Use the list to identify other legal newspapers.

    Explore other libraries in HeinOnline such as Legal Classics or Bar Journals.
  • Legal Intelligencer
    The Law Library has the years 1843 (volume1) - 2006 on microfilm.
    The microfilm is stored in the microfilm area on the lower level of the Law Library in cabinet 25.
    Ask at the Law Library Reference Desk for assistance with the microform reader and for the key to make copies from the microfilm.

Thanks go to Amy Spare, reference librarian at Villanova University Law School, for her assistance.

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