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U.S. Government Documents: Supreme Court

Created by Fred Muratori

The Supreme Court

Published versions of Supreme Court opinions appear in Federal Case Reporters:

  • United States Reports (cited with the abreviated prefix U.S.),
  • Lawyers Edition, U.S. Supreme Court Reports (cited with the abreviated prefix L.Ed.),
  • Lawyers Edition, U.S. Supreme Court Reports, Second Series (cited with the abreviated prefix L.Ed. 2d)
  • Supreme Court Reporter (cited with the abreviated prefix S.Ct.).

Supreme Court briefs are working papers of the parties to the litigation which are filed with the Court before the case is argued.

Supreme Court previews offer legal analysis of cases being argued before the Court.

The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation: annotations of cases decided by the Supreme Court of the United States to June 29, 1992 (with 2000 supplement) is available in print at Olin Ref JK 14 1996 as well as online via FDsys.

Full-text online:

CoverageNetworked Resource
1791 - present US Supreme Court Lawyers Edition (opinions) via Lexis Nexis Academic;
Click on Sources, then on Find Sources link. Search the phrase (in quotes) "us supreme court lawyers edition," then click on the OK/Continue button.
1832 - 1978 U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832-1978
1979 - current US Supreme Court Briefs via Lexis Nexis Academic;
Click on US Legal tab then on Supreme Court Briefs link
1893 - present U S Supreme Court Opinons via FindLaw
1937 - 1975 US Supreme Court Opinions Archive via GPO Access
1992 - 2000 US Supreme Court Opinions Archive via GPO Access
1990 - present Supreme Court Collection (LII - Legal Information Institute)
1991 - 2004 U.S. Supreme Court Opinions Bound Volumes 502- 544 via U.S. Supreme Court;
1991 - current US Supreme Court Previews via Lexis Nexis Academic;
Click on Sources tab then on Find Sources link; enter "preview of united states supreme court cases" (in quotes), then click on the OK/Continue button.


Print Locations

CoverageLibrary Location
1798 - present print; United States Reports (title varies)
Lower level, storage range 1B; OLIN K U54; latest volume in OLIN REF

 

Reference and Finding Aids:

Shepard’s United States Supreme Court Case Names Citator. Colorado Springs, Colo.:Shepard’s/McGraw-Hill. Olin Ref KF101.2 S541 The case names and citations appear in United States reports; Lawyers edition, United States Supreme Court reports; Lawyers edition, United States Supreme Court reports, Second series; Supreme Court reporter. Also online through Lexis Nexis Academic. (Click on US Legal, then on Shepard's Citations link.)

Oxford companion to the Supreme Court of the United States, edited by Kermit L. Hall. New York : Oxford University Press, 2005. 2nd ed. (also in print: Olin Ref KF8742.A35 O93 2005+)

Congressional Quarterly's Guide to the Supreme Court. Congressional Quarterly, 1997. Olin Ref KF 8742 C74 1997 3rd ed., 2 vols.

Great American Court Cases. Gale, 1999. Olin Ref KF385.A4 G68x 1999 In 4 volumes (v. 1. Individual liberties -- v. 2. Criminal justice -- v. 3. Equal protection and family law -- v. 4. Business and government)

Historic U.S. court cases, 1690-1990: an encyclopedia. Routledge, 2001. Olin Ref KF385.A4 J67 2nd ed.; In 2 vols.

Landmark Decisions of the United States Supreme Court. Congressional Quarterly, 2003. Olin Ref KF 4549 F56x 2003

The Supreme Court, A to Z. Congressional Quarterly, 1998. Olin Ref KF8742.A35 S8x 1998