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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

  • Lexis - Nexis Academic
    Includes court decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal District Courts and State courts for all 50 States plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and other U.S. territories as well as law review and bar journal articles and news articles from major US and international newspapers.
  • 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 of Federal Regulations
    Search the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). The Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) is the codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government.
  • 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.
  • THOMAS : Legislative Information from the Library of Congress
    THOMAS 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

Finding Pennsylvania Law

Finding Articles on Legal Topics

  • 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.
  • Lexis - Nexis Academic
    Provides full-text access to law review and bar journal articles and news articles from major US and international newspapers.

Finding Books on Legal Topics

Legal Citation

  • 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.