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How Do I Access & Use Shepard's?


What is Shepard's?
Shepard's is a citation research service that allows researchers to check whether a source, most often a case, is still good law. 

Shepard's will list citations to cases, statutes, administrative decisions, law review articles, treatises ALR notations, and regulations.  Shepard's listings also include status flags indicating negative direct and indirect history and whether a citing source's treatment is limited to a particular headnote.

Where Can I Access Shepard's?
Shepard's is available on CALR terminals 16-23 on Sub-1 of the Law Library.  There is an icon on the desktop of those terminals that provides direct access to Shepard's

You will need to accept Lexis' conditions on the first page by typing in your first and last names.  After you accept the conditions and reach the second web page, choose the  Shepard's tab at the top of the screen.  This will bring you to the Shepard's entry box screen.

The correct abbreviation for a publication, as used by Shepard's, can be found by clicking on "Citation Formats" on the Shepard's page.

Additional Information

  • Case law is listed on the first page of your results.  For other sources (e.g. statutes, law reviews), choose the appropriate link in the grey summary box at the top of the results.
  • Full text of the cases, law review articles, etc. are available via the links in the citation list.
  • You may also use this service to "Get a Document" by entering a citation in the "Get a Document" input box.
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