This is the "Understanding Case Citations" page of the "Understanding Case Citations" guide.
Alternate Page for Screenreader Users
Skip to Page Navigation
Skip to Page Content

Understanding Case Citations  

Last Updated: Feb 25, 2013 URL: http://law.uakron.libguides.com/content.php?pid=197591 Print Guide RSS Updates
Understanding Case Citations Print Page
  Search: 
 
 

How to look up a case with a citation

 

Reading Case Citations

A case citation typically has five parts: Party names, name if the reporter in which the case is found, volume number of the reporter, page in the reporter where the case starts, and the year the case was decided.  The party names and the year may not be inlcuded.  The parts in a citation look like this:

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

                     ↑                           ↑         ↑         ↑         ↑

                  Parties                                       Volume        Reporter     Page            Year

 

Finding Cases by Citation in Print

The name of the reporter in which the case is found is abbreviated.  Following is a list of commonly uised abbreviations for Federal and regional case reporters.  The "Stack" column refers to the stack of shelving in this library where these materials are found.  The stacks are numbered on the side, and are located on both the first and second floors of the library.  A 3-digit stack number beginning with "2" (e.g. 229) is on the second floor of the library.  The second table contains information on case reporters for the state of Ohio. 

 

Abbreviation

Reporter Name

Volumes

Stack

U.S.

United States Reporter

1-current

11

S. Ct. or SCT

Supreme Court Reporter

1-current

11

L. Ed.

U.S. Supreme Court Reports, Lawyer’s Edition

1-100

11

L. Ed. 2d

U.S. Supreme Court Reports, Lawyer’s Edition, 2d

1-current

11

F. 2d

Federal Reporter, 2d

738-999*

11-12

F. 3d

Federal Reporter, 3d

1-current

12

F. Supp.

Federal Supplement

590-999*

12-13

F. Supp. 2d

Federal Supplement, 2d

1-current

12-13

N.E. 2d

North Eastern Reporter, 2d

466-current*

13-14

*print coverage begins in 1985

 

 

Abbreviation

Reporter Name

Volumes

Stack

Ohio St.

Ohio State Reports

1-177

7,229

Ohio St. 2d

Ohio State Reports, 2d

1-70

7,229

Ohio St. 3d

Ohio State Reports, 3d **

1-current

8,230

Ohio App.

Ohio Appellate Reports

1-120

7,229

Ohio App. 2d

Ohio Appellate Reports, 2d

1-70

7,229-30

Ohio App. 3d

Ohio Appellate Reports, 3d **

1-current

8,230

Ohio Misc.

Ohio Miscellaneous Reports

1-70

7,230

Ohio Misc. 2d

Ohio Miscellaneous Reports, 2d **

1-current

8,230

Ohio App. Unrep.

Unreported Ohio Appellate Cases+

1-8

7,230

Ohio Op.

Ohio Opinions Annotated

1-60

6,229

Ohio Op. 2d

Ohio Opinions, 2d

1-75

6,229

Ohio Op. 3d

Ohio Opinions, 3d

1-24

6,229

Ohio B.

Ohio State Bar Association Reports/Ohio Bar Reports

1-31

6,229

Ohio C.C.

Ohio Circuit Court Reports

1-22

6,229

Ohio C.C. (n.s.)

Ohio Circuit Court Reports, New Series

1-26

6,229

Ohio Ct. App.

OCA Reports / Ohio Court of Appeals Reports

27-32

6,229

Ohio N.P.

Ohio Nisi Prius Reports

1-8

6,229

Ohio N.P. (n.s.)

Ohio Nisi Prius Reports, New Series

1-32

6,229

Ohio Law Abs.

Ohio Law Abstract

2-95

6,229

Ohio Cir. Dec.

Ohio Circuit Decisions

1-35

6,229

O.F.D.

Ohio Federal Decisions

1-16

6,229

Ohio***

Ohio Reports

1-20

229

Ohio Dec.

Ohio Decisions

1-31

229

Ohio Dec. Reprint

Ohio Decisions Reprint

1-11

229

OAG

Ohio Attorney General Opinions

1910-current

5,229

 

 ** In the Ohio Official Reports Series, three reporters are combined.  Starting in 1982 (Vol.1) Ohio State Reports 3d, Ohio Appellate Reports 3d, and Ohio Miscellaneous Reports 2d are combined into one volume.  Starting in June 1991 (Vol. 61) they are each published separately.  Starting in 1994, Ohio Appellate Reports and Ohio Miscellaneous Reports were recombined, beginning with Vol. 93 Ohio App. and Vol. 64 Ohio Misc.  Ohio State Reports continues to be a separate volume.

*** Ohio Reports covers Ohio Supreme Court cases reported between 1821 and 1851.  During the 1990's, the Ohio Supreme Court developed its own system of citations for finding opinions on the Ohio Supreme Court website.  This form, referred to as the WebCite, also uses the abbreviation "Ohio" (ex. 2009 Ohio 6054).  If you are unsure as to whether your citation is to the Ohio Reports or a WebCite, check the date.

+ Additional Unreported Ohio Cases are available on microfiche. The following are available: 5th District: 1974-1981 and 9th District: 1921-1962.

Description

Loading  Loading...

Tip