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Encyclopedia of the American Constitution
Contains articles covering recent concepts (i.e. adoption, race, the Constitution, birthright citizenship) and court cases since 1992 offering comprehensive coverage of all aspects of constitutional law, as well as biographies of people who have had an impact on our government's legal framework.
Encyclopedia of Constitutional Amendments
Offers short explanatory essays which describe existing amendments to the U.S. Constitution as well as proposed amendments that were not successful and proposed new or revised constitutions.
Bill of Rights
Traces the evolution of the freedoms codified in the first 10 amendments to the U.S. Constitution throughout American history to the present. Includes discussion and chronology of relevant Supreme Court rulings, as well as analysis of key controversies or perspectives. Secondary sources, including magazine articles and book excerpts, add an additional layer of analysis and commentary.
Finding U.S. Supreme Court Cases
Westlaw Campus Research
Westlaw Campus Research provides access to primary and secondary legal research materials including federal and state court cases, court rules, law reviews and law journals, legal encyclopedias plus federal and state statutes and administrative regulations. Among the resources included in the database are: American Jurisprudence, American Law Reports, the United States Code Annotated, the Code of Federal Regulations, and the Federal Register.
Landmark Supreme Court cases
Summarizes important Supreme Court decisions on topics such as abortion, antitrust and competition, civil rights and equal protection, contracts, due process, executive privilege, interstate commerce, labor unions, freedom of the press, privacy, freedom of religion, search and seizure, freedom of speech and assembly, taxation and jurisdiction.
Finding U.S. Federal Law
US Code : Popular Names of Acts
Laws are often referred to by popular names--but sometimes they are not easy to locate using these name. This site will help you translate the popular name into the formal citation information.
Congress.gov offers access to a wide range of legislative information on the Congress, including the full text of the Congressional Record and bills for the 101st to the present Congress.
Finding Pennsylvania Court Cases
Westlaw Campus Research
Westlaw Campus Research provides access to primary and secondary legal research materials including Pennsylvania state court cases.
Finding Pennsylvania Law
Westlaw Campus Research
Westlaw Campus Research provides access to primary and secondary legal research materials including Pennsylvania state statutues.
Finding Articles on Legal Topics
HeinOnline is a database of legal resources, including laws, regulations, some trial and court reports, treaties, monographs, law journals, and a variety of other materials dealing with United States and foreign law. The database covers private and public international law, intellectual property and legal history. Law journals and legal periodicals are available from the beginning issue of each periodical to the most current allowed under contract.
Political Science Complete
Political Science Complete covers global political topics with a worldwide focus including comparative politics, humanitarian issues, international relations, law and legislation, non-governmental organizations and political theory. The database includes top-ranked scholarly journals plus reference books, monographs and conference papers, which includes those from the International Political Science Association.
Academic Search Complete
Features thousands of full-text journal articles covering a broad range of topics including current events, government, politics, and law as well as topics in areas such as science, social science, the humanities and many other fields.
JSTOR Journal Archive
A full-text archive of scholarly journals in many disciplines, including law. Among the notable journals included in the collection are the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Review and the ABA Journal. Full-text is available from the first issue, but does not include the most recent 2-5 years.
Finding Books on Legal Topics
Basic Legal Citation
Citing legal resources can be very tricky! Although not identical to The Bluebook, this resource will help you understand how to cite legal citations correctly. From the Legal Information Institute at Cornell University Law School.
Introduction to Legal Citation
This introduction is designed to serve as a tutorial on how to cite the most widely cited forms of legal material. It has an introductory unit followed immediately by a unit on "how to cite" the types of documents that comprise the bulk of the citations in briefs and legal memoranda.
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