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U.S. Supreme Court Research

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Court Information, Briefs, Oral Arguments, Opinions

Supreme Court of the United States
This official Court site includes information about the Court and the cases before it, including Court Rules, Case Handling Guides, Transcripts and Orders beginning with the October 2000 term, and Opinions beginning with the October 2001 term.

U.S. Law Week's Supreme Court Today
Includes Supreme Court Today, a searchable database with daily updates, containing docket information, status and summaries of certiorari petitions filed since the 1995 October Term, full text of Supreme Court opinions, oral argument schedules, selected oral argument summaries, annual reviews of the Court's decisions, and more. Researchers can also browse the table of contents by date and Supreme Court opinions by case name, date decided, or topic. The license to this database restricts access to SIU Law Users only. The law library also subscribes to U.S. Law Week in print (KF 101.23).
Publisher: Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.

U.S. Reports
U.S. Reports, including preliminary prints and slip opinions, from 1754.
Publisher: HeinOnline.

United States Supreme Court Collection
Decisions are listed for this month and this term (alphabetically); the Archive of Decisions is listed by party name, or searchable by topic or Justice authoring the opinion. There is also a court calendar, a list of cases for which certiorari has been granted, a current schedule of cases pending oral argument, summary of questions presented in cases the Court will consider or this term, highlights of issues addressed in previous terms, Supreme Court Rules, a glossary of legalese, and more.
Publisher: Cornell Law School's Legal Information Institute.

United States Supreme Court Opinions
Browse by volume or date, or search by citation or party name, or search the full text of the database. Includes other Supreme Court resources and links.
Publisher: FindLaw.

Findlaw Supreme Court Center
The Docket section has Supreme Court cases arranged by oral argument date and beginning with the October 1999 term. For each case there are links to lower court decisions, docket sheets, oral argument transcripts, and Supreme Court briefs where available. The page also has a topical index of current term Supreme Court cases that have been granted certiorari, an index of cases granted certiorari in which Supreme Court briefs are available, Rules of the Supreme Court of the United States, Supreme Court filing guides, and links to other information.

Justia: US Supreme Court Center
Includes a searchable and browseable database of all U.S. Supreme Court decisions; Recent Opinions; Recent Oral Arguments (from Oyez.org); links to blogs, news, and other Supreme Court resources.

Oyez: U.S. Supreme Court Multimedia
Includes audio files of oral arguments, Virtual Tour of the Supreme Court building, and detailed information about current and former justices. All recorded oral arguments since 1995 are included; before 1995 coverage is selective. You can locate oral arguments via the Oyez search box, the Case button for a directory of cases by Subject, the Featured Audio link for most recent and most popular audio, or the Random Case from Archives link. For each case there is a case page with an abstract and links to available participant (Justices and advocates) information, resources (audio and transcript of oral argument), written opinion of the court, and news features. This site can be difficult to navigate.
Publisher: Jerry Goldman and Northwestern University.

Merit Briefs
Copies of the briefs filed by the parties in every case slated for oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Publisher: American Bar Association.

Government Briefs
This site provides access to all briefs (other than responses in in forma pauperis cases) filed by the Solicitor General since July 1998. They can be searched by keyword or chosen from lists arranged by type of brief or by client/subject heading.
Publisher: U.S. Department of Justice. Office of the Solicitor General.

Curiae Project
The Project provides Supreme Court records and briefs and other relevant materials for selected cases free of charge on the Internet.
Publisher: Yale Lillian Goldman Law Library.

Current Awareness

FindLaw Legal News
Choose from a variety of news topics, including the Supreme Court.

FindLaw's Writ - Legal Commentary
Columns by lawyers and law professors on current legal issues frequently address issues before the U.S. Supreme Court.

JURIST - US Supreme Court
Legal news headlines and links to Supreme Court resources.
Publisher: Prof. Bernard J. Hibbitts, Univ. of Pittsburgh School of Law.

On the Docket
Coverage includes a 500-word story on each case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court, feature stories on selected cases, links to relevant websites, dates for oral arguments, questions presented to the Court, referrals to attorneys in the cases, and citations to lower court opinions.
Publisher: Northwestern University. Medill School of Journalism.

This web log about the Supreme Court of the United States is a publication of a Washington, D.C., law firm devoted principally to litigation before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Publisher: Goldstein & Howe, P.C.

Supreme Court Docket Reports
This firm's Supreme Court and Appellate Practice Group prepares reports on all cases of interest to the business community in which the Supreme Court grants certiorari.
Publisher: Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw LLP.

Supreme Court Preview
Cases at a Glance section includes a brief abstract of the issues raised in every case slated for oral argument. This website has only very brief excerpts and selections from the print Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases (K16 .R3).
Publisher: American Bar Association.

Supreme Court Q & A
An archive of columns by Linda Greenhouse in which she answers readers' questions about the Supreme Court.
Publisher: New York Times.

United States Supreme Court Monitor
News and Commentary.
Publisher: American Lawyer Media.

Washington Post: Supreme Court
Besides news articles and columns, this page has archives of past Post coverage of the Court, its decisions, and Supreme Court Justices.

Research Guides

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Research Guide to Supreme Court Sources
Includes online and print sources for opinions, news, digests and indexes, briefs and records, oral arguments, and biographical and statistical information.
Publisher: University of Chicago. D'Angelo Law Library.

Zimmerman's Research Guide - United States Supreme Court
Short narrative research guide with links to U.S. Supreme Court resources.
Publisher: LexisNexis.

Finding Low-Cost Supreme Court Materials on the Web
Article by Beth Youngdale, Head of Student Services, Tarlton Law Library, University of Texas School of Law, from Perspectives, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 108-111 (Winter 2004).

The Supreme Court - Research Guide and Bibliography
This research guide focuses on doing research about particular Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Publisher: Pennsylvania State University. Dickinson School of Law.

Supreme Court Historical Society
The Society has information about researching the Court, its history, and the Justices.

Print Materials

The official reporter of United States Supreme Court cases is United States Reports, which is abbreviated "U.S." in citations, (KF101 .A22). There are also two unofficial reporters:

  • Supreme Court Reporter, abbreviated "S. Ct." in citations (KF 101.22);
  • United States Supreme Court Reports, Lawyers' Edition, first and second series, abbreviated "L. Ed." and "L. Ed. 2d" in citations (KF101.212).

There are two digests that index U.S. Supreme Court cases:

  • United States Supreme Court Digest (KF101.221);
  • Digest of United States Supreme Court Reports (KF 101.218).

Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases (K16 .R3) contains concise, plain-language analyses of every case granted plenary review by the Court, as well as short summaries of the Court's decisions throughout the term. The August issue highlights the key rulings from every Supreme Court decision handed down throughout the term, arranged by topical area, including the vote breakdown and an excerpt from the majority or plurality opinion.


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