PSCI 447: American Constitutional Law

Databases | Constitutional Law Websites
Benner Library’s Constitutional Law Collection | Other Resources & Notes


Legal Research:

Constitutional Law Websites:

General: Specific Cases:
  • - Gives full text of the United States Constitution including Articles and Amendments
  • Cornell Law School: Gives summaries of the major American Constitutional law cases (including Regents of the Univ. of Cal. v. Bakke (1978); Roe v. Wade (1973); New York Times Co. v. United States (1971); Miranda v. Arizona (1966); Griswold v. Connecticut (1965), New York Times Co. v. Sullivan (1964); Gideon v. Wainwright (1963); Mapp v. Ohio (1961), Brown v. Board of Education (1954); Shelley v. Kraemer (1948) and more…)
  • FLITE Supreme Court Decisions allows a keyword search and a case title search producing full texts of the cases.
Other Legal Resources:

Selections from Benner Library’s Constitutional Law Collection

A March of Liberty: A Constitutional History of the United States.
Melvin I Urofsky. Alfred A. Knopf, Inc. 1988. Call number 342.029 Ur6m
• Overview of court philosophy (i.e. Commentary on Marshall Court)
• Historical background information helpful in understanding cases and reactions to the decisions

Landmark Decisions of the United States Supreme Court.
Maureen Harrison and Steve Gilbert. Excellent Books, 1991.
Call number 347.7326 L229h

The Supreme Court From Taft to Burger, 3rd Edition.
Alpheus Thomas Mason. Louisiana State University Press, 1979.
Call number 347.7326 M381s 1979
• Reviews Taft and Warren Courts

The Supreme Court Review, 2001.
Dennis J. Hutchinson, David A. Strauss, Geoffrey R. Stone. University of Chicago Press, 2002.
Call number: 347.7326 Su76 2001

Black’s Law Dictionary, 7th Edition.
Bryan A. Garner.
Call number R 340.03 B5616, 1999

The Constitution and its Amendments.
Roger K. Newman. Macmillian Reference USA, New York. 1999.
Call number R 342.73 C766n

Historic U.S. Court Cases, An Encyclopedia, 2nd Edition.
John W. Johnson. Routledge, New York. 2001.
Call number R 349.73 H629j 2001 v. 1, 2

Other Resources

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Last updated November 9, 2007.