Resources for American Government.
- Oyez Oyez
Start here to learn about key Supreme Court Cases. Not a good place to look for potential cases, however.
- SIRS Government Reporter
Choose SIRS Government Reporter from the main menu. Here, you will find a select list of Supreme Court Cases including the syllabus of the case along with Majority and Dissenting opinions. You can identify landmark cases by searching on your amendment. In addition, SIRS covers the social, political, and legal aspects of the rights under investigation, many in a Pro/Con format from the first screen.
- Cornell Legal Information Institute
Full text and information about many Supreme Court cases.
- United States Courts
Geared towards students, good coverage of 1st and 4th amendments.
- Power Library Databases
From the main menu, expand all and choose Master File premier, which is second from the bottom. In the MasterFile, there is a great Supreme Court resource with analysis provided by Congressional Quarterly. School only unless you have a PA public library card.
- Opposing Viewpoints
This is a wonderful site for learning about the issues behind the Bill of Rights, abortion, gun control, capital punishment, and for tying that together with the decisions of the Supreme Court. Lots of videos, statistical maps, and podcasts that you can use in your oral presentations, too.
- US History in Context
Very similar to Opposing Viewpoints, but has some different resources, search both for the best results. ID & PW needed from home.
- Issues and Controversies
Overview articles giving background, plus the main arguments pro&con for each of the issues covered. You can search or browse this resource by topic.
- SIRS Pro/Con
Lots of multimedia, in addition to a pro/con approach to civil liberties.
List starts general, then goes through the issues starting with abortion and ending with student rights.