Research Guide:American Constitutional Law (PS 332)

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MnPALS Quick Fitz Library Catalog--search for books and audio-visual materials located in the Fitzgerald Library. Due dates | Renewals

Search WorldCat to locate materials not in our library. Click on "full text button Find it at SMU" to order. For more information about how to obtain these items see our Interlibrary Loan page.


Reference Universe--search for books in the Fitzgerald Library Reference Collection


Databases and Indexes--find articles


Academic Search Premier

Large, multi-disciplinary full text database containing full text for more than 4,650 journals, including more than 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for over 8,450 journals. Provides access to well over 400 journals in the area of law and legal studies

1975 --current | Some full text | More info


Business Source Premier 

Designed for business researchers, provides full text for more than 2,300 journals, including full text for more than 1,100 peer-reviewed business publications. Use the Business Searching Interface for the journals along with easy access to country economic data, company profiles, industry information, SWOT analyses, and market research (from EBSCO)

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Campus Research New and Improved at WestlawNEXT

Powered by Westlaw, a comprehensive collection of news, business, and law-related information sources. Provides hundreds of newspapers--national and international, magazines, news wires, trade journals, and company information. Access to Hoover's Basic Company Reports and Profiles and SEC filings. Includes federal and state case law, statues, regulations, and administrative codes, as well as European Union information, law reviews and journals, American Law Reports, and American Jurisprudence 2d. Campus Research will soon be part of the new Westlaw database, WestlawNEXT.

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Criminal Justice Periodicals

Collection of national and international criminal justice journals with information on law enforcement, corrections administration, family law, industrial security, rehabilitation, and more. (from ProQuest)

1981 --current | Some full text | More info


Criminology Collection

Sage journal collection in areas of criminal justice, corrections, penology, and policing.

1976 --current | Full text


CQ Researcher Plus Archive

Provides in-depth, unbiased coverage of health issues, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology, and the economy. Including pro/con statements from representatives of opposing positions, it is useful for term papers, debates, and speeches. Use the archival reports for history research.

1923 --current | Full text


Expanded Academic ASAP

Gale®’s premier database for research in all the academic disciplines. Provides over 4,000 journal titles many of which are in full text. (from Gale's InfoTrac )

1980 --current | Some full text | More info



Access to over 500 national and international newspapers. Includes full text for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. (from ProQuest)

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One of the world's largest providers of scientific, technical, and medical literature with a database of some 2 million articles and 59 million abstracts from all fields of science. Access to journals in mathematics, social sciences, arts and humanities, and business as well. To access relevant articles click the "Search" button and then use the "Subject Menu" to choose "Social Sciences."

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Journals A-Z

Search an A-Z list of all journals, magazines, and newspapers in the Fitzgerald collection both online and in print. If we do not have the journal you need to access your article, you may order the article through interlibrary loan.


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Reference Books of Note


Battleground: Criminal Justice. Gregg Barak. Greenwood, 2007.

R364.03 B33 | 2 vols.


Black's Law Dictionary. Bryan Garner, ed. Thomson West, 2004.

R340.03 B62


Encyclopedia of the 1st Amendment. CQ Press Sage, 2009.

R342.73085 E56 | 2 vols.


Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment. David Levinson. Sage, 2002.

R364.03 E564 | 4 vols.


Encyclopedia of Social Problems. Vincent Parrrillo, ed. Sage, 2008.

R361.103 E56 | 2 vols.


Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court. David Savage. CQ Press, 2004.

R347.7326 G94 | 2 vols.


New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics and Law. Peter Newman. Macmillan Reference, 1998.

R330.03 N53n | 3 vols.


Oxford Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court. Oxford Press, 2009.

R342.73 O98 | 2nd ed.


Supreme Court Compendium. Lee Epstein, ed. CQ Press, 2007
R347.7326 S95e


Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law. Roger Newman. Yale University Press, 2009.

R340.0922 Y17



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Recommended Web Sites


Google Scholar 

Google Scholar provides a simple way to search for scholarly literature. When accessing this database through the link provided here you will find free connections to the pay for view materials that are located in our subscription sources.  Just click on "Find Full Text @SMU."

Some full text, some pay for view


Public Library of Law

From, largest online database of free law. covers federal law as well as the laws of all 50 states.




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