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Last Updated: Feb 14, 2013
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- Supreme Court of the United States
The official web site of the Court. Offers: same-day slip opinions; the current docket; oral argument transcripts; merit briefs (via the ABA); court rules; case handling guides; calendars and schedules; public and visitor information.
Not just a blog! SCOTUSblog also has or links to opinions, oral argument transcripts and audio, and statistical information.
- Justia's U.S. Supreme Court Center
Links to opinions, news, constitutional law blogs, and other resources on the Court.
- Cornell Legal Information Institute's Supreme Court Collection
Opinions and other information, such as orders, calendars, and case updates (including oral argument previews)
- Oyez - U.S. Supreme Court Media
The "authoritative source for all audio recorded in the Court since the installation of a recording system in October 1955," plus information about the court, its opinions, and its justices, the Oyez Baseball
quiz, and a Podcast of newly-added media
- Supreme Court Historical Society
Profiles of justices, historical sketches, documentaries, teaching materials, selected content from the Journal of Supreme Court History,
and a PDF guide on Researching the Court
- Solicitor General of the U.S.
The Solicitor General "supervise[s] and conduct[s] government litigation in the United States Supreme Court." The site includes Supreme Court briefs filed by the Solicitor General and historical information.
These books cover the Court's procedures, history, and justices, and can lead you to further, more detailed, research resources.
The Supreme Court A to Z, 4th ed.
Call Number: KF 8742 .A35 S8 2007 Law Reference
Lengthy alphabetical entries discussing justices or defining terms (e.g., "assigning opinions," "docket," "Solicitor General"), and concepts (e.g., "incorporation doctrine," "political question") .
The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States
Call Number: KF 8742 .A35 O93 2005 Law Reference
Short alphabetically-arranged essays on people, cases, concepts and doctrines (e.g., "federalism"), statutes, etc. Includes suggestions for further reading. (Available to the USF community via Oxford Reference Online
(ORO). Connect to ORO, select "Law" from the "Subject Reference" list, then select "The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States.")
Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court, 5th ed.
Call Number: KF 8742 .W567 2010 Law Reference
A more elaborate, two-volume version of The Supreme Court at Work, below. Covers much of the same ground but in greater detail.
The Supreme Court at Work, 2d ed.
Call Number: KF 8742 .S912 1997 Law Reference
Covers: history; operation; traditions; people; courtrooms; cost; members of the court. Appendix includes documents, tables, data, lists (e.g., of Acts of Congress held unconstitutional).
Supreme Court Practice, 9th ed.
Call Number: KF 9057 .S8 2007 Law Open Reserve
Covers in detail: the Court's jurisdiction to review decisions of state and federal courts; the process by which the Court decides whether to grant cert.; specific procedures for handling appeals. (Published by BNA in 2007.)
How to Research the Supreme Court
Call Number: KF 8741 .A1 M36 1992 Law Reference
Thorough discussion of strategies and resources. Contains a selected bibliography of major works covering all aspects of the Court and its work.