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U.S. Supreme Court Decision

Roe v. Wade, 410  U.S. 113 (1973)
[name] [vol#] [reporter] [page #case begins] [year of decision]

Federal District Court or Federal Court of Appeals

Edgewater Foundation v. Thompson 350 F.3d 694 (7th Cir. 2003)
[name] [vol#] [reporter] [page# case begins] [court info + year of decision]

State Supreme Court

TV Azteca v. Ruiz 490 S.W.3d 29 (Tex. 2016)
[name] [vol#] [reporter] [page# case begins] [state of case abbreviated + year of decision]

State Cases

Valadez v. Avitia, 238 S.W.3d 843 (Tex.App.-- El Paso 2007)
[name] [vol#] [reporter] [page# case begins] [court info & location + year of decision]


Citation Abbreviations

Citation Abbreviation Name of Source Source Location
CFR Code of Federal Regulations (Annual Edition) Online
CJS Corpus Juris Secundum
F Federal Reporter (West) Vol. 1-300 (pub dates: 1880 - 1924)
F.2nd Federal Reporter, second series (West), U.S. Court of Appeals from 1924 - 1993 and the U.S. District Court from 1924 - 1932
F.3rd Federal Reporter, third series (West) (pub dates: 1993 - present)
F.Supp Federal Supplement (West), U.S. District Court (pub dates: 1932 - present)
S.Ct Supreme Court Reporter (West) Online 1882 - 1926; OR In Print, 1883 - 1988
SW South Western Reporter (pub dates: 1887 - 1928) (West)
SW2nd South Western Reporter, second series (pub dates: 1928 - present) (West)
Tex. Code Ann Vernon's Texas Statutes and Codes Annotated
U.S. United States Reports (official) HeinOnline 1882 - 2013; OR online at 1991 - 2016
USC United States Code (official) Online
USCA United States Code Annotated (West)


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