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Constitutional Law: Quick Start Research Guide

Judith Kaul  /  Saturday, April 29, 2017  /  Categories: Just in Case, Quick Guides  /  Rate this article:
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Useful for Choosing a Topic and Organizing Your Paper/Note

Elizabeth Fajans & Mary R. Falk, Scholarly Writing for Law Students: Seminar Papers, Law Review Notes and Law Review Competition Papers (4th ed. 2011). Print: KF250.F35 2011.

Albert P. Melone, Researching Constitutional Law (4th ed., 2013). Print: KF241.C66 M455 2013

Eugene Volokh, Academic Legal Writing: Law Review Articles, Student Notes, Seminar Papers, and Getting On Law Review (4th ed. 2010). Print: KF250 .V65 2010.


Encyclopedia of the American Constitution (Leonard W. Levy & Kenneth L. Karst eds., 2d ed. 2000). Print: KF4548.E53 2000. (6 volumes).
  • Short signed entries with brief bibliographies by scholars in constitutional law highlighting the significant cases, individuals, and issues.
Jethro K. Lieberman, A Practical Companion to the Constitution: How the Supreme Court has Ruled on Issues from Abortion To Zoning (1999). Print: KF4548.L54 1999.
  • A one-volume encyclopedia highlighting the important cases and issues.
The Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States (Kermit L. Hall et al., 2d ed. 2005). Print: KF8742.A35O93 2005. Oxford Reference Online.

Major Legal Treatises

(See also Topic: Constitutional Law under Major Treatises by Topic on this website.)

Erwin Chemerinsky, Constitutional Law: Principles and Policies (4th ed. 2011). Print: KF4549.C427 2011.

William J. Rich, Modern Constitutional Law (3d ed., 2011). Print: KF4550.A74 2011. WestlawNext. (3 volumes).

- Covers broader scope than most constitutional law treatises, including both civil and criminal law, all aspects of the Bill of Rights, federalism and the separation of powers. It also includes coverage of Native American Law, juvenile law, military justice, civil and criminal contempt, government immunity, full faith and credit, habeas corpus procedure, and constitutional litigation.

David S. Rudstein, C. Peter Erlinder & David C. Thomas, Criminal Constitutional Law (1990 – current). Lexis Advance. (3 volumes).

Books—Reference Guides to the United States Constitution Series

(See the CWRU Libraries Catalog & the OhioLINK Catalog).

Christopher R. Drahozal, The Supremacy Clause: A Reference Guide to the United States Constitution (2004). Print: KF4612.D73 2004.

Melvyn R. Durchslag, State Sovereign Immunity: A Reference Guide to the United States Constitution (2002). Print: KF4600 .D87 2002.

Erik M. Jensen. The Taxing Power: A Reference Guide to the United States Constitution (2005). Print: KF6289 .J46 2005.

James M. McGoldrick, Jr., Limits on States: A Reference Guide to the United States Constitution (2005). Print: KF4600.M36 2005.

Books—General Overview

Jack M. Balkin & Reva B. Siegel, eds., The Constitution in 2020 (2009). Print: KF4550.C576 2009.
A series of essays resulting from a meeting of constitutional scholars at Yale Law School that display the scope of the current dialogue on the Constitution.

Michael J. Gerhardt, Stephen M. Griffin & Thomas D. Rowe, Jr., Constitutional Theory: Arguments and Perspectives (3rd ed. 2007). Print: KF4550.G467 2007.

Overview of the development of constitutional theories that underlie constitutional decisionmaking. Bibliographies at the end of chapters will be of interest.

Walter F. Murphy, et al., American Constitutional Interpretation (3rd ed. 2003). Print: KF 4549.M87 2003.

Provides subject specific bibliographies at the end of each chapter. Covers a range of theoretical approaches.


Lee Epstein, et al., Supreme Court Compendium Online Data, Decisions & Developments. (CQ Electronic Library).

Harold J. Spaeth, et al., The Supreme Court Database 

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