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ProQuest Supreme Court Insight

SELECTING A DATABASE: WHEN SHOULD YOU USE SUPREME COURT INSIGHT?

The Supreme Court Insight database covers U.S. Supreme Court cases from 1975 to the present.  The database includes full opinions, per decision, petitioner and respondent briefs, dockets, oral arguments, joint appendices and amicus briefs. It also includes dockets, briefs, and petitions for writs of certiorari for paid cases in which the writ was denied.  So when should you use Supreme Court Insight?  Well, if you are interested in researching Supreme Court cases, or if a law you are researching was implicated in a Supreme Court case, this is the place to look.

ProQuest Supreme Court Insight will also link you to relevant documents in ProQuest Legislative Insight, Congressional, and Regulatory Insight.

GENERAL SEARCH TIPS

Which search should I use?

  • Use "Search by Number" if you know a number for a case
  • Otherwise, use "Advanced Search"

How to search?

  • In both Basic Search and Advanced Search you can use AND, OR, and NOT in your searches. 
    • Search for documents that contain all of your possible words (for example: cocaine AND sentencing)
    • Search for documents that contain at least one of you possible words (for example: "climate change" OR "global warming")
    • Include a word but exclude others (for example: teaching NOT shortage). 
  • If you want to search a phrase, put the phrase in quotes 
  • Use a question mark and asterisk to expand word variations in your search
    • A question mark replaces a single letter in a word, so mari?uana would search for both marijuana and marihuana   
    • An asterisk can replace single or multiple letters, so walk* would retrieve walk, walks, walked, walkers, and walking 
  • Use NEAR/ to search for words that are near one another
    • For example, "stem cell" NEAR/5 research, retrieves documents that have "stem cell" within five words of "research"