The sources listed below are often the best places to start doing research on Supreme Court cases. They may even help you decide on a specific case to research, if you have not done so already. All books located in the Reference Collection will have the abbreviation Ref. printed on the spine of the book above the call number.
Each of the reference works below may have additional information on specific cases or individuals involved in famous cases.
You can also search in the Grace Library's Online Catalog for books on specific cases. To search for books and videos in Grace Library go to http://library.carlow.edu and click on the link for Grace Library’s Online Catalog. Once the online catalog window has opened, enter in one of the subject headings listed below into the Quick Search box, select subject from the drop down menu and click on the search button. This is only a partial list of suggested headings. Consult the Library of Congress Subject Headings for others.
Brown, Oliver, 1918 – Trials, litigation, etc.Swann, James E. – Trials, litigation, etc.Abortion – Law and legislation – United States – Cases.Sex discrimination against women – Law and legislation – United States.
Once you have decided on a specific case on which to focus, you can search for research articles through one or more of electronic databases such as Academic Search Premier (EBSCOhost), Business Source Elite (EBSCOhost) and Wilson Omnifile. These articles may provide a summary of the case, an in-depth analysis of the case, some context and background on the legal and social issues involved; further reading suggestions, or some combination of all of these. All of these databases can be accessed via http://library.carlow.edu by clicking on the link for Find Articles.
The Internet sources listed below are primarily useful for finding the full text of Supreme Court decisions. They usually will not give you analysis, background, etc., of cases. Also note that Supreme Court decisions are written in “legalese” and are frequently more than 50 pages long.
http://www.supremecourt.gov/This is the best site for decisions made in the past five years. For older decisions, use one of the sites listed below.
http://supct.law.cornell.edu/supct/Use this site to find some important cases issued prior to 1893. You can search for historic decisions by case name or by topic.
http://www.findlaw.com/casecode/supreme.htmlUse this site for Supreme Court decisions issued from 1893 to the present, and also decisions made by the federal courts of appeals and a some state Supreme Courts.
http://scholar.google.com/ Search and find the full text of US Supreme Court opinions, decisions from all other federal courts back to 1923 and state courts from 1950s . Be sure to select the "Legal opinions and journals" option before searching.