Legal Studies

About this Guide

This guide includes areas of law commonly studied at Ithaca College.  It is a broad pathfinder to books, articles and selected websites. It also includes some public policy and politics resources. 

Best Bets: Law

General:
  • LexisNexis Academic Restricted Resource Some full text available  Find cases, codes and statutes, regulations, law review articles, and international law
  • Legal News Group File Restricted Resource Some full text available  A file of legal news in LexisNexis.
  • Social Science Research Network (SSRN)
    Indexes & abstracts research papers in the social sciences (legal, economics, management, marketing, politics, etc.). Contains working / forthcoming papers (not yet available in print). Some are fulltext.  Includes many free pre-pulication law review articles.
Federal:
  • Thomas - Legislative Information Unrestricted Resource Some full text available  Government website. Find bills and public laws.
  • FDsys (GPO's Federal Digital System) Unrestricted Resource Some full text available  Government website.  Find all government documents including the United States Code, Federal Regulations, Hearings, etc.
  • PACER Unrestricted Resource Some full text available  Need to create an account to use; can be charged to your personal account if you use it a lot.  Most cases can be found in LexisNexis; I use this for cases that are not yet decided and still in docket form. 
New York State: Local:
  • E-Codes: Municipal Codes on the Internet Unrestricted Resource  Many counties and municipalities contract with General Code to disseminate local codes.  Click on New York to find the codes for both the Town and the City of Ithaca.

Reference: General Resources

Citations:
  • Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation
    The most commonly used citation guide for legal researchers. Sometimes called the Harvard Bluebook. 19th ed.  NOTE: if you use Zotero you can add the bluebook style to format your citations.
Dictionaries: Directory of Lawyers: Encyclopedias: Background:
  • Oxford Companion to American Law
    KF154 .O96 2002
    New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.
  • Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court
    REF KF8742.A35 O93 2005
    Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2005.
  • CQ Researcher
    Comprehensive reporting and analysis on current issues in the news. Each report includes an introductory overview; background and chronology on the topic; an assessment of the current situation; tables and maps; pro/con statements from representatives of opposing positions; and bibliographies of key sources.  Excellent backgound article on hot topics such as: immigration, drugs, gun control, abortion, etc.  
  • Facts on File World News Digest
    Facts on File World News Digest provides Information on issues, events, and people from 1940 to the present. Features include country profiles, primary documents, key issues, newsmaker profiles, and newspaper editorials. The database incorporates World Almanac and Book of Facts.
Legal Research:
  • Legal Research Illustrated REF DESK KF240 .J32 2002
    Mersky &Dunn's overview of how to conduct basic legal research is a classic primer. 8th ed.
  • New York Legal Research Guide
    3rd ed., 2004. The basic information needed to understand legal practice in New York state.
  • Street Law: A course in practical law REF KF387 .A72 2005
    7th ed., 2005. Easy to comprehend primer for students new to law. Helps connect legal jargon and the legal system to practical everyday situations. Covers criminal law, torts, housing, consumer law, juvenile justice, family law, and individual liberties.
Websites:
  • American Memory: Century of Lawmaking
    Full-text of U.S. Congressional documents and debates from 1774-1875 including the Statutes at Large, American State Papers, U.S. Serial Set, Congressional Globe & Record, House and Senate Journals, and letters and journals from the Continental Congress and Constitutional Convention.
  • American Presidency Project
    A digital archive of the Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States from Hoover to Obama (1929 to present); see also IC Library stacks at: J80 .A283. The site also includes: inaugural addresses, radio addresses, fireside chats, debates, convention speeches, and party platforms.
  • Avalon Project at Yale Law School
    Digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government.
  • Chesapeake Project
    An archive of government and legal information from the following participants: Georgetown Law Library,  Harvard Law School Library, Maryland State Law Library, and the Virginia State Law Library.
  • FindLaw
    Legal news, forms, and articles on legal topics. Includes U.S. Supreme Court decisions from 1999- present.  They offer legal news on their Legal Pulse page.
  • Google Scholar Use the bottom of the Advanced Search form to search for legal opinions and journals.  The form allows you to limit by a specific court.  Works well with Zotero (bibliographic management).
  • Guide to Law Online (Law Library of Congress)
    Annotated guide to sources of information on government and law available online.  The Law Library of Congress also hosts the Global Legal Monitor.
  • JDSupra
    Legal news from law firms.   Browse the subject tab to set up a news feed to your area of law.
  • JuriGlobe : World Legal Systems
  • Justia
    Portal to legal resources. Includes a directory for finding a lawyer.
  • Legal Information Institute (LII)
    Cornell University Law School website. Go to Constitutions &Codes > U.S. Code to find the useful Table of Popular Names. Researchers can look up the name of an act and find the corresponding USC and Public Law number.
  • OpenJurist
    Access to US Supreme Court and Federal Appellate opinions. 
  • LLRX.com
    Law and technology resources for legal professionals.
  • Oyez : U.S. Supreme Court Multimedia
    User friendly website that contains biographies of Supreme Court justices, case decisions, and some audio transcripts of select cases.
  • World Legal Information Institute (WorldLII)
    "Free, independent and non-profit access to worldwide law"

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Primer: Books by Subject: Articles: Websites:

Antitrust Law

Definition:
  • "Antitrust Law." West's Encyclopedia of American Law. Ed. Shirelle Phelps and Jeffrey Lehman. 2nd ed. Vol. 1. Detroit: Gale, 2005. 297-305. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 15 Aug. 2013.
  • Jost, K. (1998, June 12). Antitrust policy. CQ Researcher, 8, 505-528. 
Primers: Books by Subject: Articles: Websites: Related Guide:

Conflict Resolution

Definition:
  • "Conflict Resolution." Psychology of Classroom Learning: An Encyclopedia. Ed. Eric M. Anderman and Lynley H. Anderman. Vol. 1. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA, 2009. 256-260. Gale Virtual Reference Library. 
Books: Articles: Journals: Websites:
  • Association for Conflict Resolution
    A professional organization dedicated to enhancing the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution -- description from the site.

Corporations Law

Primer: Books: Articles:

Courts

Local: State: Federal:
  • Federal Court Locator (Villanova University School of Law)
    Provides access to information related to the federal judiciary, including slip opinions. This information can be viewed on-line or it can be downloaded. Links to circuit and district courts are provided.
  • United States Sentencing Commission
    An independent agency of the judicial branch which establishes sentencing polices, advises Congress the President on policies, and researches and analyzes issues.  There are pages for research information, education and training, data and statistics, and publications.
  • OpenJurist
    Access to US Supreme Court and Federal Appellate opinions. 
Supreme:
  • Supreme Court of the United States
    The official website of the Supreme Court provides recent and pending case opinions, the current calendar, oral argument transcripts and a docket database. Go to Oral Arguments > Argument Transcripts for transcripts. Go to Opinions > Bound Volumes to browse the U.S. Reports. Slip opinions are also available.
  • Oyez : U.S. Supreme Court Multimedia
    User friendly website that contains biographies of Supreme Court justices, case decisions, and some audio transcripts of select cases.
  • Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court
    REF KF8742.A35 O93 2005
    Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2005.
  • SCOTUSBlog
    Supreme Court of the United States blog.
  • OpenJurist
    Access to US Supreme Court and Federal Appellate opinions. 
Military:
  • Armed Forces Court of Appeals and Courts of Criminal Appeals
    Includes: United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces beginning in 1951, United States Court of Military Appeals beginning in 1951 and the United States Court of Criminal Appeals for the Coast Guard, Army, Navy-Marine and Air Forcebeginning in 1951 (from the LexisNexis source information).
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces: Opinions
    From the about page, "The Court, an independent tribunal established under Article I of the Constitution, regularly interprets federal statutes, executive orders, and departmental regulations. The Court also determines the applicability of constitutional provisions to members of the armed forces." 

Constitutional Law

Books: Websites:
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
    Advocates for civil liberties including First Amendment rights, equal protection under the law, due process, and privacy. Founded in 1920.
  • Center for Constitutional Rights
    Organization founded in 1966 that is dedicated to protecting rights stated in the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Humaning Rights.  
  • Comparative Constitutions Project
    Scholars collect data in order to investigate constitutional choices of international states.
  • The Constitution: That Delicate Balance
    From Annenberg Media, this is a streaming video series on the Constitution. Produced by Columbia University Seminars on Media and Society. 1984.
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
    Advocacy group focused on civil liberties online.
  • First Amendment Center
    Clearinghouse for information concerning the five freedoms (speech, press, assembly, petition and religion) guaranteed by the First Amendment to our Constitution
  • National Constitution Center
    Museum in Philadelphia that educates the public about the Constitution through exhibits and events.
  • Project Censored
    Students and faculty from Sonoma State University track overlooked news that appears in independent journals and newsletters. An annual list of the top 25 censored stories are compiled.
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Criminal Justice

Databases:
Books:
  • Understanding crime statistics : revisiting the divergence of the NCVS and UCR
    HV6787 .U52 2007
    New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007.
Websites:
  • Bureau of Justice Statistics
    Data on capital punishment, correctional populations, criminal victimization, domestic violence, drug use, and workplace crime.  They publish the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS).
  • Crime Time Online
    CrimeTime is free sentencing software that helps in calculating permissible sentences for New York crimes.  It was created by Mr. George M. Dentes. Users must enter their email and agree to terms prior to accessing the software.
  • crimspace: the criminology and criminal justice network
    Academic community social network sponsored by the publisher SAGE.
  • INTERPOL: Connecting police for a safer world
    Worldwide police organization consisting of 190 member countries.  
  • National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD)
    Facilitates criminal justice research by making available data, reports, and publications. Includes data on capital punishment, violence against women, terrorism, and crime. Users can create an account. Some data is restricted to ICPSR members.
  • National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS): Abstracts Database
    US Dept of Justice, Office of Justice Programs site that is a portal to justice and substance abuse information useful for research and policy development. Topics include: corrections, courts, crime, crime prevention, drugs, the justice system, juvenile justice, law enforcement and victims. The collection of several thousand full-text publications, primarily government documents, can be searched.
  • U. S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections
  • United States Sentencing Commission
    An independent agency of the judicial branch which establishes sentencing polices, advises Congress the President on policies, and researches and analyzes issues.  There are pages for research information, education and training, data and statistics, and publications.
  • National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC)
    Organization supporting access to legal counsel for juveniles.  The site includes publications and data.
  • Uniform Crime Reports (FBI)
    Annual statistical publications, including the comprehensive Crime in the United States, produced from data provided by nearly 17,000 law enforcement agencies across the United States. Also data from annual publications, such as Hate Crime Statistics and Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted.
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Employment Law

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Environmental Law

Primer: Books by Subject: Articles: Websites: Related Guides:

Government & Policy (Local)

Local Government: Organizations:

Government & Policy (State)

Primary (Codes, Bills, Reguations) Primary (Cases):
  • NY Court of Appeals and Supreme Court - Appellate Division Cases, Combined
    NY higher court cases from LexisNexis Academic.
  • NY Lower Court Cases from 1851
    Content summary from LexisNexis Academic: Decisions from the Apellate Terms of the Supreme Court, and the lower courts of the State of New York, including:  The Supreme courts, County courts, Court of Claims, Family courts, Surrogate's courts, the District Court (Suffolk and Nassau counties), City courts, and the Town and Village Justice courts. Also includes decisions of the Civil Court of the City of New York, and the Criminal Court of the City of New York.
  • Google Scholar Use the bottom of the Advanced Search form to search for legal opinions and journals.  The form allows you to limit by a specific court.  Works well with Zotero (bibliographic management).
  • NY Department of Environmental Conservation Decisions
    Decisions from 9/24/73+ from LexisNexis Academic.
Books:
  • New York Red Book
    Annual directory of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of New York government. The current edition is behind the reference desk. Most prior editions from 1897+ are in general stacks.
  • New York Legal Research Guide
    3rd ed., 2004. The basic information needed to understand legal practice in New York state.
  • New York State & Federal Court Rules
    New York State & Federal Court Rules from LexisNexis Academic.  
  • National Survey of State Laws REF KF386 .N38 2008
    6th ed., 2008. Identifies sections of state codes, state by state, for popular issue areas such as: antitrust, capital punishment, gun control, prayer in schools, whistleblower statues, abortion, gambling, right to die, lotteries, taxes, etc.
Websites:

Government & Policy (Federal)

Primary (Codes, Bills, Regulations):
  • FDsys (GPO's Federal Digital System)
    The Government Printing Office's (GPO) Federal Digital System (FDsys) provides public access to government information submitted by Congress and Federal agencies. Search or browse  for documents and publications.  Use the Advance Search form to search by date or specific publication title (Congressional Record, Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register, Bills, Hearings, the United States Code, etc.). Fulltext primary source documents are available in both PDF (downloadable) and XML formats.
  • Thomas - Legislative Information
    Database of United States legislative information including: bills, resolutions, the Congressional Record, treaties, Committee Reports, Public Laws, Roll Call Votes, etc. ; see also: Congress.gov
    (Beta, September 2012).  Contains United States legistative information.  I plans to be a successor to THOMAS.gov.  There is currently a chart comparing of coverage dates between the two sources.th
  • Code of Federal Regulations (CFR)
    Codification of the general and permanent rules published in the Federal Register by the departments and agencies of the Federal Government.  The 50 subject matter titles contain one or more individual volumes, which are updated once each calendar year, on a staggered basis.  Each title is divided into chapters, which usually bear the name of the issuing agency. Each chapter is further subdivided into parts that cover specific regulatory areas.
  • Regulations.gov
    Government website for finding regulations issued by U.S. government agencies.
  • Congressional Committee Reports (US Congress)
    Beginning with the 104th Congress (1995-1996) to the present.
  • United states code congressional and administrative news (USCCAN)
    REF KF48 .U58
  • Legislative Histories (U. S. Department of Justice)
    Legislative histories for key Public Laws. 
Primary (Cases):
  • LexisNexis Academic
  • Google Scholar Use the bottom of the Advanced Search form to search for legal opinions and journals.  The form allows you to limit by a specific court.  Works well with Zotero (bibliographic management).
News:
  • CongressNow
    Indexed in LexisNexis Academic, this publication covers Capitol Hill.
  • CQ Weekly
    Weekly info on Congress: reports on upcoming issues, wrap up of news, status of bills, behind-the-scenes action, committee and floor activity, debates and all roll-call votes.
  • Federal News Service
    LexisNexis file containing: White House briefings and Presidential statements. Includes some Congressional hearings, National Press Club Speeches and conferences when they address major topics of current interest.
  • Military and Government Collection
    Current news pertaining to all branches of the military: full-text journals, periodicals and pamphlets; indexing/abstracts for additional titles.
Reference:
  • Almanac of American Politics
    From the National Journal Group, this annual directory covers biographies of Congress & state governors; it also includes election results. Current ed. is at the Reference Desk. 1972+ General Stacks
  • Congressional Biographical Directory.
    Biographical information for past and current members of the US Congress.
  • Congressional Directory (U.S. Congress)
    Presents short biographies of each member of the Senate and House, listed by state or district, and additional data, such as committee memberships, terms of service, administrative assistants and/or secretaries, and room and telephone numbers. It also lists officials of the courts, military establishments, and other Federal departments and agencies, including D.C. government officials, governors of states and territories, foreign diplomats, and members of the press, radio, and television galleries.
  • CQ's Politics in America
    REF DESK JK1012 .P64 http://phoebe.ithaca.edu/vwebv/holdingsInfo?bibId=316159
    Published annually, it contains in-depth profiles of members of Congress. Current ed. at the Reference Desk. Prior 4 years are in the General Stacks.
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States
    The authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. The final edition from the US Census is the 2012 edition.  The 2013 edition forward are available at the IC reference desk in print.
  • United States Government Manual United States Government Manual REF JK421 .A3
Books: Websites:
  • American Presidency Project
    A digital archive of the Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States from Hoover to Obama (1929 to present); see also IC Library stacks at: J80 .A283. The site also includes: inaugural addresses, radio addresses, fireside chats, debates, convention speeches, and party platforms.
  • C-SPAN
    Non-profit corporation funded by cable and satellite affiliates that provides public access to daily political events such as congressional debates.  See also: C-SPAN's Video Library (programs from 1987+)
  • Docuticker
    Daily update of new reports from government agencies, ngo's, think tanks, and other groups. Search by keyword/subject.
  • Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) 1861-1960
    Digital facsimile of these government documents. Covers 1861-1960 with some gaps. Also available in print and microfiche at JX233.A3rn
  • Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) 1961-1975
    Digital facsimile of these government documents See also IC Library stacks & microfiche at: JX233 .A3 for earlier volumes
  • Government Accountability Office (GAO)
    The GAO investigates and reports on the use of government funds for Congress. Full text copies of the reports are available by searching the site.
  • Govtrack
    Tracks legislation and votes in the United States Congress with email updates and RSS feeds. An open-source and community project.
  • Krogh Foreign Affairs Digital Archives
    Digitized episodes from three television series between 1981 and 2005: American Interests, World Beat, and Great Decisions (the latter in collaboration with the Foreign Policy Association). Topics covered:  energy, human rights, media and communications, defense, environment, immigration, and terrorism.
  • Military Education Research Library Network (MERLN)
    Database of defense-related U.S. policy statements.
  • National Security Archive (at George Washington University)

    Declassified documents pertaining to national security obtained by FOIA requests.  Contains collections such as the Torture Archive (primary sources related to the detention and interrogation of individuals by the United States).

  • OpenCongress
    Non-for-profit and open source site that brings together news and government data. Visitors can track and comment on legislators and legislation.
  • PolicyArchive
    Digital library of public policy research with more than 12,000 policy documents from about 220 think tanks and research groups.
  • Scripps Library and Multimedia Archive
    A research source on U.S. public policy.  Includes White House recordings, Presidential interviews, and audio & video recordings of the Miller Center Forums.
  • White House
    Official site for the Executive branch of the Federal Government. Includes speeches for the President and Vice President, press briefings, and information on appointments, nominations, and cabinet departments.
  • Wilson Center: OnDemand
    Multimedia programs on national and world affairs from the Wilson Center.
Select Regulatory Agencies: Related Guides:

Health Law

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Human Rights Law & Policy

Books:  Websites:
  • Amnesty International
    Advocates for human rights around the world. Search the library page to find AI reports.
  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
    Think tank founded in 1910 that promotes peace between nations. Maintains programs on: China, Democracy & the Rule of Law, the Middle East, Nonproliferation, Russia &Eurasia, South Asia, & Trade, Equity & Development.
  • Council of Europe
    The Council of Europe, founded in 1949, seeks to develop throughout Europe common and democratic principles based on the European Convention on Human Rights. There is a Human Rights tab on the website.
  • Country Reports on Terrorism
    Annual report by the Secretary of State that examines terrorism around the world, terrorist safe havens, terrorist organizations, state sponsors of terrorism, WMDs, etc.
  • Freedom House
    Organization that monitors freedom, democracy and human rights worldwide.  They publish the following reports: Freedom in the World, Freedom on the Net, Freedom of the Press, Nations in Transit,  Countries at the Crossroads,  and Women's Rights in the Middle East and North Africa
  • Human Development Reports
    From the UNDP, the Human Development Reports is a annual publication that examines global progress. Includes data and statistics.
  • Human Rights Watch (HRW)
    Advocacy group defending human rights around the world. Site can be searched by country or by issue area. Many free documents can be accessed under the publications page. An annual film festival is held.
  • HuriSearch
    Human Rights search engine that searches across websites. 
  • International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
    The ICRC, established in 1863, works worldwide to provide humanitarian help for people affected by conflict and armed violence and to promote the laws that protect victims of war.
  • International Criminal Court
    Website of the court, an international organization seated in The Hague,  governed by the Rome Statute.  It was established to convict crimes of concern to the international community such as the Criminal tribunals for Yugoslavia and Rwanda. They have a YouTube channel and a Twitter feed.
  • ReliefWeb
    A project of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) it provides news, statistics, reports and other information related to humanitarian relief, including updates to crisis situations, refugee camps, and other relief efforts.
  • United Nations
    Portal to International Law  and Human Rights from the United Nations.  Includes links to international courts and tribunals such as the ICTY and the ICTR.
  • USAID Development Experience Clearinghouse
    Provides reports on USAID efforts in developing countries. Most topics of the files are related to public health, environmental, and development issues.
Related Guides:

Intellectual Property Law

Primers: Books by Subject: Copyright:
  • U. S. Copyright Office
    According to the U. S. Constitution, the Copyright Office was established, “To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries."
  • Copyright Watch
    Collects and monitors copyright laws worldwide.
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
    A good site for searching non-US patents.  Try Patentscope to search over 30 million patent documents from participating countries.
Licensing Copyrighted property:
  • Copyright Clearance Center
    The CCC is a global rights broker for licensing content (primarily textual such as books, journals and magazines).  Libraries, businesses, and organization use the service to quickly obtain permission and rights to use materials.  They also have an Education page to assist in understanding copyright law.
  • Harry Fox Agency
    The HFA is an, "information source, clearinghouse and monitoring service for licensing musical copyrights."
  • iCopyright
    "The copyright licensing system for digital content worldwide"
  • Swank Motion Pictures Inc.
    Swank licenses films for non-theatrical use where public performance rights (PPR) are required.  Although they do not work with all films in distribution, they are a great place to start when seeking rights.  There is a special division called Movie Licensing USA that licenses feature films for K-12 and public libraries.
Patents & Trademarks: Websites:

International Law & Policy

Databases:
  • CIAO: Columbia International Affairs Online
    A resource for theory and research in international affairs and global studies. Not simply a periodical database, CIAO includes working papers, policy briefs, conference proceedings, books, and case studies. It even has videos.
Reference: Books by subject: Websites:
  • African Union (AU)
    Organization that promotes integration of African countries that promotes Africa's role in the global economy while addressing social, economic and political problems that come from globalization.
  • Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
    Multi-national organization that aims to accelerate economic growth, social progress, and cultural development in the region, as well as justice and the rule of law as per the UN Charter.
  • Conference on World Affairs Archives
    Norlin Library, University of Colorado at Boulder, digitized audo recordings of the Conference on World Affairs (CWA).  Important speakers include: R. Buckminster Fuller, Henry Kissinger, Yitzhak Rabin, Marya Mannes, Huey P. Newton, Margot Adler, Ralph Nader, and I. F. Stone.
  • Country Reports on Terrorism
    Annual report by the Secretary of State that examines terrorism around the world, terrorist safe havens, terrorist organizations, state sponsors of terrorism, WMDs, etc.
  • Comparative Constitutions Project
    Scholars collect data in order to investigate constitutional choices of international states.
  • Electronic Information System for International Law (EISIL)
    Portal to international law primary sources and sites by the American Society of International Law (ASIL).
  • Europa : European Union On-Line
    Gateway to European Union. It provides up-to-date coverage of European Union affairs and essential information on European integration. Go to the Documents tab to connect to EUR-LEX (E.U. Law), the Bulletin of the E.U., and other agency materials.
  • JuriGlobe : World Legal Systems
    A University of Ottawa research group that presents international law categories by legal system (civil law, common law, customary law and Muslim law) including mixed systems.  It also lists countries by the language of their legal system.
  • North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)
    Alliance of 26 countries in North America & Europe committed to fulfilling the goals of the North Atlantic Treaty signed in 1949.
  • Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
  • Organization of American States (OAS)
    Multi-national organization of Western nations committed to democracy, and other social justice issues such as: poverty, terrorism, illegal drugs, corruption, etc.
  • Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913
    Database of London's Central Criminal Court from 1674-1913.
  • United Nations
    Portal to International Law  and Human Rights from the United Nations.  Includes links to international courts and tribunals such as the ICTY and the ICTR. and Official Documents of the United Nations (ODS)

    Full text UN documents from 1993+; General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, & Trusteeship Council from 1946+ ; for data, see: UNdata
    UNdata pools major UN databases and those of several international organizations - browse, search and download data from a large number of statistical databases. Data categories include: agriculture, education, employment, energy, environment, health, human development, industry, information and communication technology, national accounts, population, refugees, trade, and tourism. or Gapminder
    Gapminder World provides both interactive charts and graphs of United Nation statistics, including life expectancy and income per capita.  Many are interactive. It contains data on the local, national and global levels about social, economic and environmental conditions. This is product of the United Nations in conjunction with Google using Trenalyzer software.

  • World Court Digest
    Digest of international case law from the judgments, advisory opinions and orders of the International Court of Justice as well as in the separate opinions of individual judges.
  • World Legal Information Institute (WorldLII)
    "Free, independent and non-profit access to worldwide law"
  • World Treaty Index
    From the University of Michigan, this is an electronic treaty database that covers the 20th century.
Related Guides:

Litigation: Tobacco and Drugs

Reference:
  • "Tobacco." West's Encyclopedia of American Law. Ed. Shirelle Phelps and Jeffrey Lehman. 2nd ed. Vol. 10. Detroit: Gale, 2005. 41-51. Gale Virtual Reference Library. Web. 15 Aug. 2013.
  • Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol and Addictive Behavior- 3rd ed.
    Explores the social, medical, legal and political issues related to drugs and alcohol and associated behaviors. Includes emerging topics and developments in the many fields of addiction studies.
  • Tobacco atlas / Judith Mackay and Michael Eriksen.
    REF G1046.J94 T6 2009
    Geneva : World Health Organization, 2009.
Books: Articles: Websites:

Media Law

Primary (Cases and Codes):
  • LexisNexis Academic
  • Media Law reporter
    Covers new cases for radio, television, and journalism. Updated weekly. Bound cases from v.1 1977-
  • Documents of American broadcasting
    KF2804 .D6 1984
    Key documents including: The Wireless Ship Act of 1910; The Radio Act of 1912; The Radio Act of 1927; The Mayflower Doctrine (1941); The Fairness Doctrine (1949); The Red Lion case (1969); the Communication Act of 1934, etc.
  • A Legislative history of the Federal Communications Act of 1934
    KF2762.113 .A15 1989
    Oxford University Press, 1989.  Edited by Max D. Paglin. Part One: Commentaries; Part Two:  Documents (Senate and House Reports and Hearings).  The Communications Act of 1934 is included on p. 921-966. There is an index.
  • FCC & FRC Reported Cases
  • FCC Record
Reference Books: Websites: Related Guide:

Mock Trails, Trial Practice & CLE

Books: Articles: DVD: Websites:

Native American Law

Books:
  • Canby, W. C. (2009). American Indian law in a nutshell (5th ed.). St. Paul, MN: West.
  • Encyclopedia of Native American legal tradition REF F8204 . E53
    Integrating American Indian law and Native American political and legal traditions, this encyclopedia includes detailed descriptions of nearly two dozen Native American Nations' legal and political systems such as the Iroquois, Cherokee, Choctaw, Navajo, Cheyenne, Creek, Chickasaw, Comanche, Sioux, Pueblo, Mandan, Wyandot, Powhatan, Mikmaq, and Yakima
Books by Subject: Websites: Related Guide:

Public Opinion, Influence and Think Tanks

Public Opinion and Data:
  • Polling the Nations
    A compilation of public opinion surveys, containing the full text of questions and responses from 14,000 surveys from 1986 to the present in the United States and more than 80 other countries. Each record includes the polling organization responsible for the poll, the sample size and the date the poll was released.
  • Pew Center on the States
    Policy solutions for state governments from the Pew Charitable Trusts.
  • Polling the Nations
    A compilation of public opinion surveys, containing the full text of questions and responses from 14,000 surveys from 1986 to the present in the United States and more than 80 other countries. Each record includes the polling organization responsible for the poll, the sample size and the date the poll was released.
  • Marist Poll
    The Marist Institute for Public Opinion (MIPO) is a survey research center at Marist college in Pougkeepsie, New York.
  • Quinnipiac University : Polls : NY State
    Polling data for NY.
  • Siena Research Institute
    Survey institute founded in 1980 at Siena College, New York. In addition to national and state-wide polls, SRI conducts the Siena New York Poll that focuses on New York voter's sentiments.
Political Influence: Political Blogs:
  • Newstex Government and Politics Blogs
    A LexisNexis file of blogs by politicians, United States agencies, and some additional political blogs by individuals.
  • Daily Kos
    Progressive community blog.
  • Drudge Report
    Aggregated news feeds from Matt Drudge. Some original reporting. Considered conservative leaning.
  • Huffington Post
    Edgy leftist blog founded by Arianna Huffington.
  • Nation : Blogs
    The Nation magazine's blog site. Includes: Campaign 08, Editor's Cut, The Beat, Actnow!, The Dreyfuss Report, Capitolism, The Notion, And Another Thing.  Liberal perspecitve.
  • National Review : Blog Row
    National Review magazine's Blog Row includes: Bench Memos, Campain Spot, The Corner, Frum, Kudlow, Liberal Fascism, Media Blog, Phi Beta Cons, Planet Gore, Pryce-Jones, and Tank.  Default is to The Corner. Conservative perspective.
  • Politico
    Online magazine with blogs covering American politics.
  • Talking Points Memo (TPM)
    Josh Marshall's political blog.
  • TNR Blogs
    The New Republic: A Journal of Politics and the Art magazine (TNR) hosts the following blogs: The Plank, The Stump, The Spine, The Flack, and The Vine.
  • Weekly Standard : The Blog
    The Weekly Standard, a conservative news magazine, includes a blog, "Today's Standard."
Think Tanks and Organizations:
List of Think Tanks (Wikipedia)
An international listing by country of think tanks. For the United States, there is also a list by political or economic leanings. 
  • Annenberg Public Policy Center
    University of Pennsylvania public policy center that provides expert analysis on political communication, information & society, media & children, health communication, and adolescent risk.
  • Aspen Institute
    Public policy institute that promotes values-based leadership.
  • Bill of Rights Institute
    The Bill of Rights Institute provides resources for educating the public about founding documents
  • Brennan Center for Justice (NYU)
    New York University School of Law. Think tank that addresses problems of democracy and justice. Site covers the following issue areas: Access to Justice; Campaign Finance Reform; Courts &Government; Immigrant Rights; Liberty & National Security; Criminal Justice Reform; Voting Rights &Elections; and Wages, Jobs &Economy.
  • Brookings Institution
    Public policy think tank that supports research in a wide array of areas including: education, Asian policy, children, socio-economics, health care, Middle East policy, taxation, etc.
  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
    Think tank founded in 1910 that promotes peace between nations. Maintains programs on: China, Democracy & the Rule of Law, the Middle East, Nonproliferation, Russia &Eurasia, South Asia, & Trade, Equity & Development.
  • CATO Institute
    Libertarian think tank founded in 1977 that provide research in the following areas: Bioethics, Education &Child Policy, Government &Politics, Immigration &Labor, Law &Civil Liberties, Regulatory Studies, National Security &Foreign Policy, Budget &Tax Policy, Energy &Environment, Health &Welfare, International Economics, Political Philosophy, and Telecom, Internet & Information Policy.
  • Center for a New American Security (CNAS)
    Think tank on national security policy.
  • Center for Policy Research (Syracuse University)
    Collection of essays on current public policy issues in aging, health, income security, metropolitan studies and related research.
  • Council on Foreign Relations
    Foreign policy think tank. Publishes the journal Foreign Affairs.
  • Guttmacher Institute
    Public policy institute focused on advancement of women's sexual and reproductive health through research, education, and policy changes.  Subjects include Abortion, Contraception, Pregnancy and more.
  • Harvard Kennedy School
    Public policy research from Harvard. Information can be accessed under the Research & Publications tab.
  • Heritage Foundation
  • Institute for Policy Studies
    Founded in 1963, IPS is a progressive think tank dedicated to social justice.
  • Kids Count Data Center
    From the Annie E. Casey Foundation, use this resource to access data on child well-being in the the United States.
  • National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
    Nonprofit organization that researches the economy. Includes papers, statistical data, business cycle information, etc.
  • National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA)
    Nonpartisan policy research organization that advocates for alternatives to government regulation in favor of self-regulation of the private sector.
  • Program on Corporations, Law & Democracy (POCLAD)
    Group of eleven citizens that questions the authority of corporations to govern through writing, legal research, public speaking, etc.
  • PolicyArchive
    Digital library of public policy research with more than 12,000 policy documents from about 220 think tanks and research groups.
  • RAND Corporation
    Think tank that publishes reports in the following issue areas: Arts, Child Policy, Civil Justice, Education, Energy &Environment, Health &Health Care, International Affairs, National Security, Population & Aging, Public Safety, Science &Technology, Substance Abuse, Terrorism &Homeland Security, Transportation & Infrastructure, &Workforce &Workplace.
  • Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
    Site includes the following databases: Facts on International Relations and Security Trends; Multilateral Peace Operations; Data on Military Expenditure; Data on Arms Transfers; Data on Arms Production; Database on National Export Control Systems
  • Transgender Law & Policy Institute
    Contains an up-to-date listing of all laws in the US that are transgender-inclusive and resources and information on legal issues affecting transgendered and gender variant people in the US.
  • U.S. PIRG
    A federation of state Public Interest Research Groups that advocates for the American public on a variety of issue areas: product safety, toxins, health care, transportation, politics, media, taxes, higher education, etc.
  • Williams Institute
    Based at the UCLA School of Law, the Williams Institute provides law and public policy guidance in the field of sexual orientation through research and scholarship.

Sports Law

Databases:
  • Sports Litigation Alert
    Tracks legal developments as they occur in amateur and professional athletics as well as legislative issues that impact sports law professionals. Sports Litigation Alert features an extensive archive of case summaries and guest articles written by sports law professionals. It is published bi-weekly.
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