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Legal Research Resources for USD Students (Non-Law)
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.
This official website includes opinions from 1991 to the present. Under "Opinions," cases from 2009 to present term. Scroll down to "Bound Volumes" for 1991 to 2008. Under "Case Documents," one can search for dockets by number or case name. The site also includes audio and written transcripts of Court arguments.
This collection includes the Constitution, Rules of the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Reports (1754-2009), the United States Reports Slip Opinions (2002-present), and books and periodicals about the Court.
Refer to the diagram on the Courts and Case Law tab. Under Legal, choose "Landmark Cases" to browse cases by topic. Or choose "Federal and State Cases" and Advanced Options, check the box by U.S. Supreme Court, and use the box to conduct a segment search e.g. Name (party), keyword or Boolean search.
The Oyez Project site "is a multimedia archive devoted to the Supreme Court of the United States and its work. It aims to be a complete and authoritative source for all audio recorded in the Court since the installation of a recording system in October 1955." This site also provides a summary of the facts of cases, questions presented and the Court's conclusions. Links to the full text opinions are provided through Justia.