Answered By: APUS Librarians
Last Updated: Sep 24, 2019     Views: 584

In a situation like this (where you aren't looking for a particular case, just a type of case), it may be best to use non-database and open web resources to start your search. For instance, check out the news feed on criminal justice headlines from the American Bar Association.

Another idea is to examine local news in your neck of the woods. Try visiting your local newspaper's website and searching using its search feature with terms like "criminal case" or "not guilty plea," or try searching for particular criminal terms such as "aggravated assault" or "involuntary manslaughter." Make sure these phrases are in quotes to properly narrow your search.

After you've found a case that interests you, you can also use a legal database such as Nexis Uni to search for the case by party (see directions here) to see all of the available court proceedings (this is especially useful in state- or federal-level cases, as not all local courts provide records of their proceedings).


View these APUS Legal Studies Videos, created by APUS Librarians, to learn how to use Nexis Uni more effectively. For more information on legal studies resources at APUS, visit the Legal Studies & Paralegal Studies Program Guide.

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