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CD/CALR: Case law scope of coverage – not Westlaw/LexisNexis databases. There are other sources besides the fee-based Westlaw and LexisNexis databases. However, whether you use fee-based or free sources, you should be aware of what they cover.
My favorite starting place is sometimes LexisOne. You can search LexisOne for free and view full-text cases free with registration. (https://www.lexisone.com/). LexisOne contains all Supreme Court cases, and state and federal cases going back ten years.
I recently ran a search using boolean connectors. I got 25 hits for combined federal cases; 31 for combined state cases; no Supreme Court cases. You can narrow down the search to specific state or federal courts.
It lacks the additional functionality of the full Lexis, however. For the best coverage, of course, you would need Lexis, Westlaw or the equivalent.
Other alternatives are:
Casemaker Online Research Library https://www.casemaker.us/; Fastcase https://www.fastcase.com/; Loislaw https://www.loislaw.com/; NationalLawLibrary https://www.itislaw.com/; TheLaw.net https://www.thelaw.net/; Versuslaw https://www.versuslaw.com/
When comparing these, look for coverage of local, state and federal cases. Some have specialty areas, such as federal tax cases or bankruptcy cases. Others may contain state statutes, regulations, and administrative decisions.
Although you will not be able to Shepardize®, cases may be updated using an “authority check.” An automated citator lists cases that cite your case and point to the appropriate text.
Also check if the database supports full Boolean connectors and other ways to help narrow your search, such as field searching and date restrictions. Can your results can be sorted in different ways, including relevance and by date.