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Research Guides & Law Library Resource Pages
U.S. Legal Sources
HeinOnline This link opens in a new window
- Subscribed Libraries include Law Journal Library, Legal Classics (e.g. American Constitutions by Frankin Benjamin Hough, Blackstone's Commentaries, and the Federalist Papers), U.S. Congressional Documents (e.g. Journals of the Continental Congress (1774-1789) and Territorial Papers of the United States (1787-1848)), and the U.S. Statutes at Large (1789-2006).
- Searching: Basic, Field and Advanced (Search Guide available at http://heinonline.org/HeinDocs/SearchinginHOL.pdf)
Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises, 1800-1926 This link opens in a new window
(UCLA Only) MOML Legal Treatises provides full text searching of more than 21,000 works from 19th and early 20th century British Commonwealth and American law. The collection includes casebooks, local practice manuals, books on legal form, works for lay readers, pamphlets, letters and speeches.
Making of Modern Law: Trials, 1600-1926 This link opens in a new window
(UCLA Only) MOML Trials is the result of a partnership between Gale and the Harvard and Yale law libraries. This digital collection includes the well known trials of Dred Scott, Lizzie Borden, Leopold and Loeb, the impeachment of Andrew Johnson as well as lesser known cases. Comprised of thousands of books and pamphlets and includes English-language titles about trials in non-commonwealth jurisdictions such as France.
U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs 1832-1978
- Full-text searchable database of 11 million pages and more than 350,000 separate documents.
- Document types include Appellant's Brief, Appellee's Brief, Application for Review, Application for Writ, Brief in Opposition, Oral Transcript, among others.
- Searching: Basic, Advanced, or by Citation. Limit by Term Year, by Date, by Docket Number, by Document Type.
- May also browse by author (counsel or organization) and case name.
United States Congressional Serial Set, 1817-1976 (Readex) This link opens in a new window
- Beginning with Volume 1 in the first session of the 15th Congress (1817), this digital collection contains all the publications of the 15th Congress through the 96th Congresses.
- Searching: Simple, Advanced, Publication Search, Bill Number Search. May use Boolean operators, proximity connectors (see "Help" under Search Operators).
- Browse by Subject, Personal Name, Publication Category, Standing-Committee Author, and Congress (see tabs under Search Box).
Readex's American State Papers (1789-1838) (UC only)
- A retrospective republication of approx. 6280 numbered publications, mostly Congressional but also containing Executive Department documents, the American State Paper volumes, issued from 1832-1861, were published in ten classes in a total of 38 folio volumes.
- The classes include foreign relations, indian affairs, finance, commerce and navigation, military affairs, naval affairs, claims, and miscellaneous.
- Searching: Simple, Advanced, Publication Search and Bill Number Search.
- Browse by Subject, Publication Category, Standing-Committee Author, Document Class, and Congress (see tabs under the Search Box).
Library of Congress' American Memory (Government, Law, & Politics)
- Broadsides and Printed Ephemera (~ca. 1600-2000)
- Continental Congress and Constitutional Convention Documents (1774-1789)
- U.S. Congress Documents (1774-1875)
- Search selected collections (simple search) or click on collection and search by keyword, browse titles etc.
The Avalon Project at Yale Law School
- The Avalon Project provides unrestricted access to primary source materials in the fields of law, history, economics, politics, diplomacy and government.
- Document categories: Pre 18th Century, 18th Century, 19th Century, 20th Century, and 21st Century.
- Simple search (provided by Google) or may browse the document collections.
- The documents are presented in HTML format.
The American Presidency Project (Document Archive)
- Established in 1999 as a collaboration between John Woolley and Gerhard Peters at UCSB.
- Contains over 78,600 documents related to the study of the Presidency.
- Includes Messages and Papers of the Presidents (from Washington 1789 through Taft 1913), Inaugural Addresses (from Washington 1789 to GW Bush 2005), Executive Orders (from JQ Adams 1826 to GW Bush 2008), and National Political Party Platforms (of parties receiving electoral votes, 1840-2008).
- Searching: keyword (limit by date, document category, and by president), by citation, or may browse.
- Documents are in HTML format.