Law 3800 Law 3840 Law 4860 Dr. Edmonds A Guide to Legal Research Appellate case decisions (court opinions) and statutes (laws enacted by states or the Federal government) assigned for reading in the course syllabus or in class can be found as follows: Open your GoWMU account. Open the University Libraries home page. Open Data Bases A to Z Select “W” Open Westlaw Campus Research Under “Shortcuts” you will find a block labeled “Find a Document by Citation” Insert the citation for the case e.g. 506 N.W.2d 556, or the statute e.g. MCL 257.625 and select “Go”. The case or statute will appear. For an appellate opinion, you may skip all of the West Headnotes (they have a little key next to them) and read the opinion of the Court. The opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court will begin with either the words “per curiam” or “Justice ____ Delivered the Opinion of the Court”. Lower courts will use similar language. It is recommended that you read any and all dissenting opinions; they will help elucidate the issues in the case.