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Background Information

Annual Review of Law and Social Science Restricted Resource
2005-present. Annual summary and analysis of research in the field of law. Good source for an overview of the current state of research on a given topic at a given point in time.
New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics and the Law
Print Location: Burling 2nd Floor K487 .E3 N48 1998 (3 volumes)

Encyclopedia of the American Constitution
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor Oversize KF4548 .E53 2000 (6 vols.)

West's Encyclopedia of American Law
Print Location: Burling Reference KF154 .W47 2005 (10 vols.)

Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law
Print Location: Burling 2nd Floor KZ1161 .P37 2004

Legal Systems of the World: A Political, Social, and Cultural Encyclopedia
Print Location: Burling 1st Floor Oversize K48 .L44 2002 (4 vols.)

World Court Reference Guide: Judgments, Advisory Opinions and Orders of the Permanent Court of International Justice and the International Court of Justice (1922-2000)
Print Location: Burling 2nd Floor KZ200.5 .W67 2002


HeinOnline Academic Core Collections Restricted Resource
A large collection of full-text legal and government publications both current and historical, covering United States Federal and State law, foreign and international law, legal classics, law journals, treaties, case law, and much more.
Nexis Uni Restricted Resource
Provides access to a wide range of full-text content for news, business, legal, and reference information. Particularly strong in legislative, government, corporate, financial, and demographic information, as well as market research and industry reports.
SSRN eLibrary
Database of nearly 450,000 working papers from the Social Sciences Research Network. Primarily covering economics and law, with some political science and other subjects. Being working papers, this research may not necessarily have been peer reviewed.
Code of Iowa
Also available in print. Current edition is at Burling Ref. KFI4230 2007 .A257 v.1; previous editions are on the second floor.
Worldwide Political Science Abstracts Restricted Resource
Index of the international serials literature in political science and its complementary fields, including international relations, law, public policy, and public administration.
American State Papers Restricted Resource
1789–1838. Full-text database of U.S. Congressional materials.
ProQuest Congressional Restricted Resource
1789–present. Provides access to the CIS Index, a comprehensive index/abstract to Congressional publications, plus the full text of some hearings, reports, and other Congressional documents, including the full text of the Congressional Record. Also contains an extensive collection of Executive Branch documents.
1973–present. Official government source for information on bills considered by the U.S. Congress. Provides overviews of legislation, profiles of members of Congress, committee information and reports, and educational materials on the legislative process. Also offers the Congressional Record from 1995 to the present.
U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) via govinfo
Fully searchable content management system and repository for official Federal Government publications, providing free online access to the documents of all three branches of the U.S. government.
U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) via FirstSearch Restricted Resource
1976–present. Indexes all types of U.S. government documents, such as reports, hearings, debates, and records, from the executive, legislative, and judicial branches.
Cumulative subject index to the monthly catalog of United States government publications, 1900-1971
Print Location: 4th floor West (Gov Docs) along the west wall
Use these to find government publications that are too old to be included in the GPO online catalog.
World Legal Information Institute
Search for case law, legislation, treaties and more from countries around the world.
Flare Index to Treaties
Searchable database of multilateral treaties (those with three or more parties) from 1856 to the present.
ICC Legal Tools
Search over 40,000 documents related to international criminal law. From the International Criminal Court.

Web sites

A free database of opinions from U.S. circuit courts.
Gun Regulation and Legislation in America Restricted Resource
A collection of federal legislative histories, periodicals, congressional hearings, Supreme Court briefs, and other government documents relating to gun-control legislation in America. Resources also include an extensive bibliography, links to scholarly articles, and a selection of external resources. Part of the HeinOnline collections.
LegalTrac Restricted Resource
This InfoTrac database indexes over 1,200 major international legal journals, law reviews, and Bar Association publications, with over 200 titles offering full text. Content covers federal and state cases; legal practice; laws, regulation, and taxation; and British Commonwealth, European Union, and international law.
Free access to over 600,000 opinions from the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal courts.
State Legislative History Research
Links to resources for researching activities of the state legislatures for all fifty U.S. states. From the University of Indiana Bloomington's Maurer School of Law.
Law Library of Congress's Guide to Law Online
Annotated links to reliable online information about U.S., foreign and international law.
Legal Information Institute, Cornell University
Includes information on federal, state, and international laws, as well as a searchable database of U.S. court decisions.
Tools for researching international and foreign law. Produced by the New York University School of Law.

Style and Citation Guides

Introduction to Basic Legal Citation
From the Legal Information Institute at Cornell University
Online research management, writing, and collaboration tool designed to help researchers at all levels easily gather, organize, store, and share all types of information and to instantly generate citations and bibliographies.

Resources at Grinnell

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Julia Bauder
Social Studies and Data Services Librarian
Tel: 641-269 4431

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