While researching your paper, you may need to locate similar cases that define key terms or legal concepts relevant to your argument.
There are a few ways you can find cases on topics related to your own:
You can also use the Shepardizing process to read cases that have cited your own over time. By looking at how your case has been treated by subsequent courts, you can begin to measure its long term impact. A decision that is still being cited in a positive way fifty years after its initial decision has had a substantial impact. A decision that was overturned almost immediately may not have had a grand impact. By Shepardizing a case, you can determine whether the case is still "good law."
To Shepardize a case or document: