Poli322: American Constitutional Law
Some Useful Information Sources
EZRA - The Wittenberg University catalog
OhioLINK - Combined catalog of more than 80 Ohio libraries
World Cat Open Access - Combined catalog of thousands of libraries worldwide
(If you can't get it from OhioLINK, fill out the Interlibrary Loan: Book Request Form)
Some helpful books:
In the Reference section:West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 13 volumes. Ref. KF 154 .W47 2005
Black's Law Dictionary. 7th ed. Ref. KF 156 .B53 1999
In the Main Stacks:The U.S. Constitution A to Z. Main KF 4548 .M33 2002
The Constitution and Its Amendments. 4 volumes. Main KF 4557 .C66 1999
Article databases for Political Science Research
|International Political Science Abstracts||Produced by the International Political Science Association, this database includes current indexing and abstracts of the world's leading journals in political science published from 1989 to the present.|
||Contains legal news and reviews, case law, codes and
regulations, and more.
Completely full text.
Notice the blue buttons on the lower-left side of the start page. You can find more advanced options by clicking to expand the "US Legal" menu.
||Full text and indexing of law journals.|
||Indexes multidisciplinary scholarship in feminist research.|
|Worldwide Political Science
Abstracts 1975 - June 2006
||A basic index for journal articles in political science, international relations, law, and public administration/policy. Some full text.|
|Academic Search Complete
||Contains full text for more than 3,600 scholarly publications, plus article summaries for 900 more journals.|
||Covers a wide variety of subjects areas. Journals start with the first (oldest) issue, although the most recent few years are not included.|
||Full text of the New York Times from its inception in 1851 through 2005. More recent full text in Lexis-Nexis from the present back to June 1980.|
|America: History and
||U.S and Canadian history, pre-history to present. Has article summaries but no full text.|
III. LOCATING JOURNALS
Note: Locating journals can be tricky, difficult, and generally exasperating. If you run into trouble, a reference librarian will be glad to assist you.
IV. INTERNET SEARCH ENGINESEach search engine searches a different set of web pages, so the same search query may produce a different result list in each of the following:
| Google Scholar -
Caution! This provides references to scholarly articles, but finding the actual article may be difficult and costly. Also, journal coverage is incomplete and not current. Subscription databases are almost always better.
V. RECOMMENDED WEB SITES
- The Constitution of the United States (via the Library of Congress)
- Text of U.S. Constitution with references to cases, books, articles, and additional commentary from The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation - also called The Annotated Constitution.
U.S. Government Sites
- FindLaw resources on Constitutional Law - Besides links to laws, and Supreme Court cases, this site has links to message boards and discussion groups, journal articles, newsletters, hot topics, and more.
- Findlaw State Government - State Constitutions
- FindLaw US Supreme Court Center - Here you will find biographies of justices, court rules, recent decisions, the court docket, and more.
Guides from other Universities
- Guide to the United States Supreme Court "Law news and legal research in real-time, reported and edited by law students and faculty at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law." (via JURIST: The Law Professors' Network)
- Native American Constitution and Law Digitization Project (cooperative effort of the University of Oklahoma Law Center, the National Indian Law Library (NILL), and Native American tribes to provide access to the Constitutions, Tribal Codes, and other legal documents)
- Legal Information Institute at the Cornell University Law School - Has sections on Constitutions and Codes, Court Opinions, Introduction to Basic Legal Citation, Law Events in the News, and more. LII also has an online legal dictionary, Wex, and a Facebook page.
- Constitional Law - en excellent compendium of resources at Northwestern's Pritzker Legal Research Center (Wittenberg does not have subscriptions to some of the databases mentioned here, but we do have access to LexisNexis Academic - a version of Lexis meant for undergraduate institutions).
VI. FOR DOCUMENTING YOUR SOURCES:
VII. PEOPLE RESOURCES:For help, contact Kristen Gibson , who is library liaison with the Political Science Department.
Or contact the reference desk.
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Compiled by Regina Entorf, Wittenberg University Library
Last updated 1-9-12/KJG
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