Subject: Constitutional Law
Avalon Project at Yale Law School
The Avalon Project mounts digital documents relevant to the fields of law, history, economics, politics, diplomacy and government. It adds value to texts by linking to supporting documents expressly referred to in the body of the text. The Federalist Papers are a collection of 85 essays by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay that explain the philosophy and defend the advantages of the U.S. constitution. They are available at the web site of the Avalon Project. [Internet resource: free on the Web]
Case by Case: The U.S. Supreme Court
Case by Case: The U.S. Supreme Court combines original reporting from Thomson Reuters News & Insights with links to an extensive collection of analysis and legal materials, including motions, briefs and opinions, all sourced from Westlaw. Brief profiles of lead attorneys are included with each case summary, along with helpful background information on the lead attorney’s firm or agency. Additional features include the following: Multiple ways to dig into the court’s full calendar, including an interactive timeline, sortable lists, and case name searches; a color-coded index that organizes the cases by practice area, making it easier to search and sort; an at-a-glance display of when cases are being argued and if they’ve been decided; a “How They Decided” button that highlights how the justices voted.
- Case by Case: The U.S. Supreme Court
Encyclopedia of the American Constitution
The Encyclopedia of the American Constitution contains essays by leading constitutional scholars, law school professors, judges, historians, and political scientists on practical and theoretical topics dealing with every aspect of constitutional law in the U.S., from the Constitutional Convention in 1787 to the Clinton impeachment. Accessed via the Gale Virtual Reference Library. The six-volume print version of this publication is in the Williams Reference collection at KF4548 .E53 2000.
HeinOnline: Congress and the Courts
Congress and the Courts is a collection of primary source documents on the interaction of the courts with Congress. Congressional hearings, reports and other documents track the federal judiciary from its infancy until today.
HeinOnline: U.S. Supreme Court Library
HeinOnline's U.S. Supreme Court Library includes complete coverage of the official U.S. Reports bound volumes as well as preliminary prints, slip opinions, and books and periodicals related to the U.S. Supreme Court.
HeinOnline: World Constitutions Illustrated
The initial release of World Constitutions Illustrated includes the current constitution for every country (193 countries) and substantial constitutional hierarchies for the United Kingdom, France, Brazil and Colombia. HeinOnline connects thousands of other historical constitutional documents from the British & Foreign State Papers (of which there is a complete set), Peaslee's Constitutions of Nations, Dodd's Modern Constitutions, and other sources. Hein will be continually adding constitutional documents, books, periodicals, articles, and links to expand the constitutional timeline for every country.
Historic Supreme Court Decisions - by Justice
Historic Supreme Court Decisions - by Justice includes all the justices who have served on the Supreme Court, with links to one or more opinions in this historic collection. Clicking on a linked name will retrieve all the opinions by that justice included in the collection (including concurring and dissenting opinions). Following each justice's name is a link to a brief biography.
International Encyclopaedia of Laws : Constitutional Law Online
IEL Constitutional Law Online presents a country-by-country survey of constitutional law throughout the world, and will eventually contain all of the constitutions of the world in English translations. Each national monograph includes detailed information of the country’s political system, historical background, sources of constitutional law, form of government (outlining the legal status, the competence and the working of central state powers, etc.), state form and subdivisions of the state, component states and decentralized authorities, citizenship (especially nationality and the legal position of aliens), and specific problems such as foreign relations, taxing and spending power, emergency laws, the power of the military, and the constitutional relation between Church and State.
Making of Modern Law: U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832-1978
The Supreme Court Records & Briefs database contains nearly 11 million pages of records and briefs brought before the U.S. Supreme Court in the period 1832-1978. The collection is derived from two essential reference sources. For the period 1832 (when printed Court records began) through 1915, the documents are based primarily on the holdings of the Jenkins Memorial Law Library, America's first law library, located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For 1915-1978 the source is the Library of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, a nationally recognized research facility and the single largest member supported law library in the United States.
ProQuest U.S. Supreme court records and briefs, 1975 - 2016
This database compiles briefs, dockets, appendixes, oral arguments, opinions and other documents for Supreme Court cases from 1975-2016. Currently, only 2004-2014 is available, they will be adding additional years each quarter, with completion by December 2017. Q2 1995-2004, Q3 1985-1994, Q4 1975-1984.
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