The content of the actual cases is the same on both services.
While some users think LexisNexis Academic (LexisNexis) offers a more user-friendly interface, many legal researchers prefer Westlaw Next Campus Research (Westlaw) for its editorial additions and structured indexing (known as the Key Number Digest).
To save time and confusion, try to avoid free-text subject searching of case law; both LexisNexis and Westlaw offer topical headings that you can use to retrieve cases.
To locate important Supreme Court cases by topic, see "Landmark Cases" on Lexis (U.S. Legal) or use a book listed on the "books" tab in this guide. Also, these free websites provide reliable information about the Supreme Court and its cases:
Click logo to sign on; on left, select U.S. legal, federal and state cases.
|If you know the citation (for more information about citations, see below):||
Search for exact citation (with periods) in "citation" field
(347 U.S. 483 )
Click on cases and then advanced search and enter information in citation box( 347 US 483 )
|If you know the case name (example: roe v. wade)||
Search for names in "Party Name" field, e.g. roe and wade in Party Name.
Tip: phrases do not need quotation marks.
Use advanced search. Type: title (roe and wade).
Tip: phrases must be enclosed in "quotation marks".
ABOUT CITATIONS: The easiest way to find a case is by its citation, since many cases have the same or similar names. Be sure to make a note of case's citation if you plan to retrieve it later on.