Religion in America

Betty DeBerg (Fall 2010)

Finding United States Supreme Court cases

  • LexisNexis Academic
    Select "US Legal" from left hand column
    Select "Federal and State Cases"
    Select "U.S. Supreme Court" from the "Jurisdiction" drop down menu
    Do a search using "Party Names"

Finding Related Legal Resources and References

  • LexisNexis Academic - Supreme Court Briefs and Oral Argument Transcripts
    Select "US Legal" from left hand column
    Select "Supreme Court Briefs"
    Do a search using "Party Names"
    • In searching for briefs, the results will be varied.  Some cases will have a number of briefs online, others may not have any. 
    • There may also a link to transcripts of oral arguments heard in the case available but results will be varied.
  • Black’s Law Dictionary (UNI Ref Desk CBT KF156 .B53 2004) (older editions in Stacks)
         The standard U.S. law dictionary.  Defines terms and phrases used in American and British law.
  • West’s Encyclopedia of American Law (UNI Ref  KF154 .W47 2005) (also available online)
         12 volume encyclopedia that covers legal concepts and cases for individuals that are unfamiliar with the law.
  • Landmark Supreme Court Cases (UNI Ref  KF4549 .L58 1999)
         Provides summaries of selected United States Supreme Court cases.
  • Encyclopedia of the American Constitution (UNI Ref KF4548 .E53 2000) (also online)
         Contains brief articles that examine constitutional principles and cases.
  • Religion and American Law, an Encyclopedia (UNI Reference  KF4783.A68 R45 2000)

Finding Religious Studies and Humanities Journal Articles

  • ATLA Religion Database with ATLAserials
    Indexing and full-text access to a collection of major religion and theology journals selected by some of the major religion scholars in the United States. Coverage from 1949 to the present.  Includes indexing for Christian Century (1946-present) and Christianity and Crisis (1948-1993).
    Indexing and full-text access to scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, law, and other subject areas.
  • Academic OneFile
    A source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from many leading journals in the humanities, the arts, social sciences,  and sciences.  Choose the Advanced Search option to search for articles in particular Publication Titles such as America (1977-present), Christian Century, Commonweal (Catholic), Jewish Lawyer, or Muslim World

Finding General News and Magazine Articles, including Religious News Articles

  • Lexis Nexis Academic
    Access over 10,000 news, business, and legal sources. Includes deep backfiles and up-to-the-minute stories in national and regional newspapers, wire services, broadcast transcripts, international news, and non-English language sources.   Choose the News tab to access newspaper articles from The New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, or other newspapers or to access stories from newswire services such as Religion News Service.
  • New York Times Index
    Free access to citations and abstracts for articles appearing in the New York Times 1851-1980 and 1981-present
  • New York Times (1851-2005): ProQuest Historical Newspapers
    Includes full-text and full image articles since its beginning year. Display the complete image of any page in any issue or browse individual issues page by page.  Recent full text articles from The New York Times can be found in the Lexis/Nexis Academic database.
  • Readers Guide Abstracts
    Indexing of the popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States and Canada.
  • Reader's Guide Retrospective 
    Indexes popular general-interest periodicals published in the United States and Canada between 1890 and 1982.  Includes indexing of America (1953-1982). 

    Detailed handout can be found here.



9/20/2010 GG & BW