Major Research Tools

CQ Supreme Court Collection

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Summaries and analysis of major U.S. Supreme Court decisions with links to full text of cases. Also includes biographies of justices plus tools for analyzing voting records and opinion alignments.


Hein Online

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Database of legal resources, including laws, regulations, some trials and court reports, treaties, and a variety of other materials covering United States and foreign law.


Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective

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Coverage: 1908-1981
Index to law journals and other legal periodicals published from 1908-1981. (For access to more recent legal periodicals use LexisNexis Uni.)

LexisNexis Academic: Federal and State Cases Search

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Full-text of federal and state case law. For additional sources for legal research, including law reviews, federal statutes and regulations, and state statutes -- select the option to "Search by Content Type."


Oxford Reference Online: Law

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Collection of dictionaries and other reference works on law from Oxford University Press. Includes Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law and The Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History.


Oyez: U.S. Supreme Court Multimedia

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Provides summaries of Supreme Court cases from 1954 to present. Cases are searchable by justice, issues, or court term. Also includes audio of oral arguments and opinion announcements for most case entries.


Other Suggested Research Tools

American Bar Association

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Although primarily the official site of the Association, it also offers information valuable to students and the general public from immigration to tax tips, and brief publications on broad areas of the law.


Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation

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Online version of the print product prepared by the Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress. Contains: annotations of cases decided by the Supreme Court of the United States; Acts of Congress held unconstitutional in whole or in part by the Supreme Court; state constitutional and statutory provisions and municipal ordinances held unconstitutional; Supreme Court decisions overruled by subsequent decision; and an alphabetical table of cases.


Crime in the United States

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Crime data for the nation and individual states. From the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports series.


ETHXWeb

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From the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown, this database indexes a selection of journal articles, book chapters, bills, laws, court decisions, reports, books, audiovisuals, and news articles relating to bioethics and professional ethics.


Federal Judicial Center

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Education and research support office for the U.S. courts provides court histories, biographies of federal judges, and access to research produced for the federal judiciary.


Federal Sentencing Statistics by State, District, and Circuit

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Annual data on sentences imposed on convicted criminals in the U.S.


Federalist Papers

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The original text of the Federalist Papers (also known as The Federalist). View or download the entire or partial plain text version of all of the Federalist Papers as supplied by Project Gutenberg.


FindLaw

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Comprehensive source of all things law-related. Includes the full text of Supreme Court decisions from 1893 to the present and an annotated guide to the U.S. Constitution with links to relevant Supreme Court decisions.


First Amendment Center

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From Vanderbilt University, the site includes a First Amendment Library, glossary of terms, current and archived news of First Amendment related stories, and a small collection of Congressional Research Service reports regarding First Amendment issues.


GovTrack

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Site for tracking legislation being debated in the US Congress. Contains full-text of bills as well as their current status.

How Our Laws Are Made

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Basic outline of the federal lawmaking process from expression of idea to publication of statute. Courtesy of the U.S. House Parliamentarian.


Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties

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Compilation of U.S. treaties, laws, and executive orders pertaining to Native American Indian tribes from 1778 to 1971.


Judicial Facts and Figures

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Current and historical caseload data for the U.S. Courts of Appeals, the U.S. District Courts, and the U.S. Bankruptcy Courts. Includes numbers of civil and criminal cases filed.


Justia Blawg Search

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Law blog (blawg) directory which allows users to search for blawgs in various categories including types of law, state law blawgs, country blawgs, and law school blawgs.


Landmark Decisions: A Century of Change (1856-1955)

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Full text of eleven decisions reflecting the Supreme Court's changing attitude toward race, from Scott v. Sanford to Brown v. Board of Education.


Landmark Supreme Court cases

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Useful tool for understanding a selection of the U.S. Supreme Court's most historically significant cases. Provides summaries of the cases, excerpts from the opinions, links to the complete text, analysis of the decision's impact and relevance, and more. From The Supreme Court Historical Society and Street Law, Inc.


Law.com Dictionary

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Provides definitions of legal terms in "plain English."


Legal Information Institute

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Cornell Law School's source for legal materials, including Supreme Court information, selected historical decisions, the U.S. Code, a legal encyclopedia, and a breakdown of laws by jurisdiction.


National Conference of State Legislatures

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Web site of the national organization for state legislators and their staffs. Useful for charts comparing state laws on a variety of issues such as family leave or drunk driving.


National Indian Law Library-Tribal Law Gateway

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Provides access to over four hundred constitutions and over two hundred and forty codes/ordinances of the federally-recognized tribes and Alaska Native villages in the United States.


Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC)

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Statistics on law enforcement, spending, and staffing of the federal law enforcement agencies (e.g. the FBI, IRS, and INS). From Syracuse University.


U.S. Code

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General and permanent laws of the United States enacted by Congress. Includes a Table of Popular Names, a list of common names for legislative acts. From the Legal Information Institute at Cornell.


U.S. Supreme Court

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Official website of the Supreme Court. Includes docket, oral arguments, court rules, opinions, history, etc.