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U.S. Supreme Court Research

Find information about the Court, its justices and its cases. Get opinions, briefs, argument transcripts, and the latest news.

Profiles of U.S. Supreme Court Justices - Web Sites

These are a couple of good web sources for profiles.

Profiles of U.S. Supreme Court Justices - Books

These books have profiles — sometimes very detailed profiles — of both past and present U.S. Supreme Court Justices.

Finding Books About Justices Using Ignacio

To find full-length biographies of Supreme Court Justices, use this form to search Ignacio, the USF libraries' catalog.

Use a "Subject" search, and enter the justice's name, last name first, as in this example:

Rehnquist, William

Finding Articles About Justices

An effective and efficient way to find articles about justices (as opposed to articles that merely mention justices) is to use an article-finding tool like Legal Periodicals Full Text or LegalTrac. For more on finding articles, see the Zief Library's Finding Articles research guide.

LegalTrac Search Tips

To find articles about a justice, select the Advanced Search option, enter the justice's name in the text box, and select "Subject" from the adjacent pull-down menu. If using both first and last name, put the last name first, as in these examples:

white, edward
white, byron

Index to Legal Periodicals Search Tips

To find articles about a justice, use the Advanced Search option, enter the justice's name in the top search text box, and select "SU Subject Terms" from the adjacent pull-down menu. If using both first and last name, put the last name first, as in these examples:

white, edward
white, byron

For articles written before 1908, search Index to Legal Periodicals in print (K 33 .I54 Law Reference). Look for the justice's name under the subject heading "Biography: individual."

Finding Nomination Hearing Transcripts

HeinOnline's History of Supreme Court Nominations library is the best place to start when you want to see a justice's nomination hearing transcripts (and related information). The government's free FDSys source is a good alternative for transcripts of more recent hearings.

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