There are 3 ways to retrieve a case:
In both print reporters and in online databases cases are identified by citations. The citation for Roe v. Wade [ Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113 (1973) ] is used to show a standard case citation.
Cases are published in both official U.S. Government publications, and by the private legal publishers West and Lawyer's Edition. Therefore, you will often find parallel citations for cases.
For example: Roe v. Wade (410 U.S. 113; 93 S. Ct. 705; 35 L. Ed. 2d 147)
2. Party name
You can retrieve a case when you know one or more of the parties' names. A party name can be (1) the full or abbreviated version of the official name (e.g., Scott v. Sandford), (2) the name of one of the parties (e.g., "Board of Education of Topeka") , (3) or the popular name of the case ( e.g., the " Miranda Rights" case).