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Constitutional Law

This guide will assist classes PLS 3011, PLS 3021, and PLS 3031


A case citation is a formatted system used to identify past case decisions. Although the formats may vary by jurisdiction, they generally contain the same information.

Example: Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka

An example of a full case citation is:

Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 347 U.S. 483 (1954)

  • Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka - the name of the case
  • 347 - volume number
  • U.S. - abbreviation of the reporter, in this case, the United States Supreme Court
  • 483 - the page number where the opinion begins
  • 1954 - the year the court came to the decision on the case

If you are looking for a case in Westlaw, you can use Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka or 347 U.S. 483

For citing scholarly sources, use the Citation Tutorial guide: