The Supreme Court in U.S. History
A. Sayre Library Books in the Reference Section (Located on Upper Level)
1. R 342.73 ENC Encyclopedia of the American Constitution
Alphabetically arranged articles, in 6 volumes, discussing constitutional law, people, judicial decisions, historical periods; volume 6 includes case index, name index and subject index including info on how to read a citation.
2. R 347.73 FIN Landmark Decisions of the United States Supreme Court
More than one thousand of the Court's most important decisions listed chronologically; entries are brief but include the vote, author of opinion and how justices voted; case and subject indexes.
3. R 347.73 FRI The Justices of the United States Supreme Court: Their Lives and Major Opinions
Comprehensive biographical essays in 5 volumes; index in vol. 5 plus interesting appendixes (stats on the court, seat chart, acts of Congress held unconstitutional etc.)
4. R 347.73 HAR Landmark Supreme Court Cases
Brief essays arranged by topic: abortion, antitrust, civil rights etc.; each case listed contains statement of key issues, history of the case, summary of arguments, aftermath, significance, related cases, recommended reading.
5. R 347.73 MAU Illustrated Great Decisions of the Supreme Court
Cases arranged alphabetically; also a listing of contents by topic; entries contain decision, background, vote, highlights, excerpts and impact; biographical sketches of justices appended.
6. R 347.73 OXF The Oxford Guide to United States Supreme Court Decisions
Very brief entries, arranged alphabetically, of 400 of the most important decisions. Though brief, entries contain some of the background and reasoning behind the decision and the impact on society.
7. R 347.73 PAT The Supreme Court of the United States: A Student Companion
Alphabetically arranged entries cover biographies of the justices, summaries and analysis of key decisions.
8. R 347.73 SUP The Supreme Court in Conference: 1940-1985, The Private Discussions Behind Nearly 300 Supreme Court Decisions
So you thought the public argument was the most important element in a decision!
9. R 347.73 SUP The Supreme Court A to Z
Brief entries, arranged alphabetically, on topics, people and cases.
10. R 347.732 US U.S. Supreme Court
3-vol. set discusses broad types of law, individual pieces of legislation, justices, Court procedures, issues, events, and 126 of the most important Court decisions.
11. R 347.732 OXF The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States
Articles on all aspects of the Court's history, personnel, and opertions. Biographies of each justice and entries on important cases and issues.
B. Sayre Library Books in the General Collection
1. Search the Sayre Library Catalog which is found on the Library Homepage of the Sayre School website.
2. Remember to Search by Last Name First (Warren, Earl) or Topic (i.e. Supreme Court) then select Subject search button. Not selecting a search button defaults to a keyword search.
3. Many of the books that will be of interest to you are found on the Upper Level in 342.3.
C. Sayre Library Databases
1. Access through the Library Homepage of the Sayre School Website.
2. User Names and Passwords required for remote access. Available on your Student Portal Page.
3. The following Sayre databases will be the most useful for this project:
Select "Explore a Topic"/Judicial Branch/Landmark Cases/Primary Sources. Also note info under Related Entries on the right
Select Chicago Citation at the bottom of each entry
Use the Home Page search box.
Most useful for topics: Separation of Church and State
Use Filter My Results on the left. Can select Govt. and Court Documents
Select Chicago Citation at the bottom of each entry
Full text of over 600 books!
Select subject: most will be found under Politics, Law, Govt.
Try Rights and Liberties as well as Supreme Court
OR...enter topic in home page text box, ie Bush v. Gore
Key Point...you must expand the categories by clicking on the + symbol
Primarily a newspaper and magazine database will be of most use to those with more current or very important cases.
D. Useful Websites:
University of Kentucky College of Law Library Guide to Supreme Court Research This guide is designed to provide an overview of available resources for conducting SCOTUS research.
This is the University of Kentucky Libraries' online catalog. "The University of Kentucky, the flagship public university for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, is a research-extensive, land-grant university dedicated to improving people’s lives through excellence in teaching, research, health care, cultural enrichment, and economic development. As the premier research library in the commonwealth, UK Libraries provides ever-expanding access to quality information resources, teaching and learning programs and services, and excellent learning spaces. UK Libraries plays an essential role in the University’s goal to elevate the quality of life and enhance the intellectual and economic capital within Kentucky" ("About the UK Libraries," The University of Kentucky Libraries, July 2013).
The Oyez Project at Chicago-Kent is a multimedia archive devoted to the Supreme Court of the united States and its work. It aims to be a complete and authoritative source for all audio recorded in the Court since the instillation of a redording system in 1955.
Features US Supreme Court Center
All decisions since 1790s
Cornell Legal Information Institute
Full text of decisions from May 1990 to present, posted same day as released
600 historic decisions dating back to Court's beginning
Full text of all decisions from 1893 to present
U.S. Supreme Court Website
Official site of the Court
Supreme Court Historical Society
Opinions of notable cases