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BA 770 Legal and Regulatory Environments of Business: Court Cases & Legal Information

Off campus login information

image of control type button that reads password required.Log in to library databases with the same credentials you use to access your Lakeland email and Blackboard. Click here to access a list of library databases.. 

Parts of a Legal Citation

a legal citation for Kellner v. Christian, 197 Wis. 2d 183 (1995) with parts identified and explained. Names of parties comma volume number abbreviation for the reporter the case appearred in page number year of decision in parentheses with a period ending citation.

The illustration above depicts a legal citation for Kellner v. Christian. Each piece of the citation is designed to help researchers locate the case in a published legal reporter. The names of the parties can be underlined or in italics. Commonly a citation includes information for locating the case in several reporters. These are called parallel citations.

Newer cases may include a public domain cite which helps researchers locate online cases. These citations include the year the decision was filed, the court designation such as WI for Wisconsin Supreme Court, and a number assigned by the court handing down the decision. The citation below contains the public domain cite immediately following the parties names.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel v. City of Milwaukee, 2012 WI 65, 341 Wis. 2d 607, 815 N.W.2d 367.


Federal Circuit Courts

map of federal circuit court districts with link to circuit court locator

Image: Geographic boundaries of the United States Courts of Appeals and United States District Courts. (n.d.) Retrieved from

Finding Cases

  • Access to complete court decisions, state and federal laws, and regulations.
  • Access to limited international law resources.
  • Links to information, related cases etc.not provided by most freely available internet sites.
  • Shepardizing feature to insure your case still reflects good law.

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Websites of interest

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