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LPL 750 - Constitutional Law & Education
Dr. Gooden

Legal Research Dictionaries/Encyclopedias Education Law Constitutions
Laws/Codes/Regs Case Law Articles Citing Sources Comments

The purpose of this course research guide is to focus on some specific resources in the University Library and on the World Wide Web useful for legal research. Also, consult the Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law course research guide for additional resources. Should you have questions, stop by the Reference Desk on the first floor. You may also call the Reference Desk at (334) 229-4110 during the hours the Library is open.


Legal Research

Start with these sources to help you understand the various aspects of legal research.

Law Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

  • Black's Law Dictionary
    Main Reference Desk: KF 156 .B53 1999
  • Everybody's Legal Dictionary
  • Legal Thesaurus
    Main Reference Desk: KF 156 .B856
  • Corpus Juris Secundum (CJS)
    Main Reference: KF 382 .C65
  • American Jurisprudence 2d (Am. Jur. 2d)
    WestLaw Campus (ASU)
  • The Guide to American Law: Everyone's Legal Encyclopedia
    Main Reference: KF 156 .G77 1983
    Supplement 1990-1995: KF 154 .G85 1983 Suppl.
  • The Guide to American Law Yearbook
    Main Reference: KF 156 .G771

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Education Law

  • Education and the Law: A Dictionary
    Main Reference: KF 4117 .T39 1996
  • Public School Law: Teachers' and Students' Rights
    Main Reference Desk: KF 4119 .M38 1998
  • Education Law and the Public Schools: A Compendium
    Main Reference Desk: KF 4119 .G43
    1998 ed. (on order)
  • American Public School Law
    Main Reference: KF 4118 .A392 2001
  • Deskbook Encyclopedia of American School Law (1994)
    Main Reference Desk: KF 4116 .D46
    2002 ed. (on order)

United States Constitution

  • The Constitution of the United States of America
  • WestLaw Campus (ASU)
  • The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation
    Main Reference: KF 4527 .C6 1987
  • The Constitutional Law Dictionary
    Main Reference: KF 4548.5 .C47 1985
  • Encyclopedia of the American Constitution
    Main Reference: KF 4548 .E53 2000
  • The Evolving Constitution: How the Supreme Court Has Ruled on Issues from Abortion to Zoning
    Main Reference: KF 4548 .L54 1992

Alabama Constitution

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Laws, Codes, & Regulations

Both federal and state governments pass laws to carry out the powers given them by their constitutions. These laws or statues are then codified (arranged by subject in the United States Code), and regulations are developed to administer them. Use the following sources to find the laws, codes, and regulations for the United States and individual states. For additional information on the federal legislative process, read How Our Laws Are Made and Enactment of a Law. You may also wish to explore the Cornell Law School's Legal Information Institute site.

United States


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US Case Law

Reporters provide the text of court decisions (case opinions), which form the basis of case law. Digests organize the headnotes (summaries) from court decisions by topics.

Education-Related Case Law

US Courts

US Supreme Court Cases

US Circuit Courts of Appeal

US District Courts

State Case Law

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Articles from Law Reviews & Other Journals

Much of the scholarly legal literature is published in law reviews (journals). Searching the Library's online databases is the most efficient way to find articles in law reviews and other journals. For additional information on the databases listed below and for others, explore our list of databases. Our databases are now easily accessible off campus by clicking on the database name and typing in the information requested. If you need additional assistance with accessing the databases, contact Randy Curtis (334 229-6968) or Cedric Davis (334 229-6998).

Some of the databases provide access to the entire text of articles. If the text of an article is not available in a database, check for the law review or journal title in Serials Solutions (ASU) to determine if the article is available in another online database. Also check HORNetCat, our online catalog, for availability of journals in the Serials Department on the third floor. You may order those not available in the Library or via a full-text database through Interlibrary Loan.

Legal & Education Databases

Print Indexes/Abstracts

  • Current Index to Journals in Education
    Serials (3rd floor)
  • Education Index
    Serials (3rd floor)
  • PAIS International in Print
    Serials (3rd floor)

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Citing Your Sources

You will use the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association to cite your sources. A copy of the Manual is available at the Reference Desk on the first floor of the Library. Additional assistance with citing electronic publications is available from the APA online site.


Your Comments

Please take a few minutes to let us know what you think about this guide. Has it helped with your research? Do you have any suggestions for improving the guide? You may e-mail Marsha V. Taylor( or call her at (334) 229-6839 with your comments and suggestions.

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University Library & Learning Resources Center
Authored by: Barbara Hightower, Information Literacy Librarian
All contents copyright 2003, ASU. All rights reserved.
February 28, 2003