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U.S. Supreme Court Research Guide: Secondary Sources

Secondary Sources

This page describes the various types of Supreme Court secondary sources and where they can be found, including print and electronic books and periodicals, and summaries of specific cases.

Types of Secondary Sources

HeinOnline's U.S. Supreme Court Library contains dozens of books on the Supreme Court with topics ranging from specific cases to Justice biographies to general treatises.

Use the link below to explore the hundreds of books in the MLaw Catalog that are related to the Supreme Court.

Search the University Library catalog for books on the Supreme Court with a focus on other disciplines, like humanities, social sciences, and education.

Some of the books in our catalog that give an overview of the Court are listed below.

SCOTUS and Constitutional Law

Several law journals focus exclusively on the U.S. Supreme Court. HeinOnline's U.S. Supreme Court Library is a central location for several periodicals on the Court.

The journals below are current publications focused on the Supreme Court or Constitutional law.


Law journals on all topics and of all origins frequently reference the Supreme Court. The databases below offer access to hundreds of law journals, which can be searched according to keyword, date, topic, and other filters.

Legal databases are a rich source of Secondary Source material on the Supreme Court and Constitutional law, including treatises, encyclopedias, handbooks, and Congressional (CRS) reports.

These sources provide helpful summaries of Supreme Court opinions, describing the relevant facts and major legal holdings.

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