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Legal Research Resources for USD Students (Non-Law): United States Constitution
This guide is intended for academic research in legal resources by University of South Dakota graduate and undergraduate students from colleges and schools other than the School of Law. The information in this guide is not intended as legal advice.
Refer to the diagram on the Courts and Case Law tab. Under Legal, choose Federal Statutes and Regulations and Advanced Options. Click on Constitution of the United States and browse by Article or Amendment. Check only "Constitution of the United States" and use the box to conduct a segment search e.g. TEXT (search term), keyword or Boolean search.
This version of the Constitution, from Cornell University's Legal Information Institute, is a hypertexted interpretation of the Congressional Research Service text (see above). It includes links to Supreme Court opinions, the U.S. Code, and the Code of Federal Regulations. There is also a full-text search feature.
The United States Constitution as a Historical Document
Provides the full text (in html) of several pre-Constitutional legal documents, including the Magna Carta and the English Bill of Rights, as well as historical documents under the categories of “Revolution and Independence,” “Credentials of the Members of the Federal Convention,” “The Constitutional Convention,” and “Ratification and Formation of the Government.”
Introduction to Constitutional Research
1. Locate and read the text of the constitutional provision or amendment.
2. Find secondary sources (encyclopedias, treatises, law review or journal articles) to obtain background information and analysis.
3. Find cases that interpret or apply the text.
4. Research the history of the provision or amendment for additional background information.
Search the USD Catalog for Books and E-books on the United States Constitution
Search the USD Libraries Online Catalog by Keyword(s) in Subject
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