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U. S. Supreme Court Briefs

U. S. History 2

Ms. DePaola


Start your research at:, then Library


Books & ebooks:

            Click on 'Search the Library Catalog.' In the left column of the MHS catalog search page click on Resource Lists and click on the Public Lists tab and  for a list of the books you might want to use for this project. If the book has a  'e' icon, click , scroll to the bottom, click the hyperlink and use metu_log as the password to access the ebook. Of course, you can also do your own catalog search! There will be books on the shelves that are not on the resource list.



            For access to the databases, go to Databases, then:

             Controversial Issues

                        Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society (meshinf/infolink)


            General Interest/ Reference

                        Gale Virtual Reference Library (metu_log)

                   This is a collection of over 300 reference works -

                     you can search all of them in a single query.


            Government – History to find:

                        ABC-CLIO  Issues: Understanding Controversy and Society


                   This is the same database as in Controversial Issues, just accessed from a different place.

                        History Database Center (metuchenhs/bulldogs)

                   Allows users to search across all Facts On File history databases at once.

                        INFOTRAC Popular Culture, US History, World History (metu_log)


            Magazines and Newspapers to find:

                        EBSCO (meshinf/infolink)

                    Also use Student Research Center from this link.

                        New York Times (Proquest) (HTJ2PF24GS/WELCOME)

                    Choose the historical database for articles printed between 1851 and today.


Great sites on the Internet:


            The Library of Congress

                        Search Digital Collections, American Memory (historical maps, photos, documents,

                        video & audio) and Thomas (current and historical legislative information)

            Eye Witness to History

            Biography Of America

            The Oyez Project

                        The Oyez Project is a multimedia archive devoted to the Supreme Court of the

                        United States and its work. You can browse cases by issue or dates

                        and search by keywords.


                                                                    The Cases

Roe v. Wade
Does the Constitution embrace a woman's right to terminate her pregnancy by abortion?
Webster v. Reproductive Health Services
Did the Missouri restrictions unconstitutionally infringe upon the right to privacy or the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment?
Loving v. Virginia
Did Virginia's antimiscegenation law violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment?
Engel v. Vitale
Does the reading of a nondenominational prayer at the start of the school day violate the "establishment of religion" clause of the First Amendment?
Wisconsin v. Yoder
Did Wisconsin's requirement that all parents send their children to school at least until age 16 violate the First Amendment by criminalizing the conduct of parents who refused to send their children to school for religious reasons?
Miller v. California
Is the sale and distribution of obscene materials by mail protected under the First Amendment's freedom of speech guarantee?
United States v. Nixon
Is the President's right to safeguard certain information, using his "executive privilege" confidentiality power, entirely immune from judicial review?
Miranda v. Arizona
Does the police practice of interrogating individuals without notifiying them of their right to counsel and their protection against self-incrimination violate the Fifth Amendment?
Tinker v. Des Moines Ind. Comm. School Dist.
Does a prohibition against the wearing of armbands in public school, as a form of symbolic protest, violate the First Amendment's freedom of speech protections?
Regents of the University of California v. Bakke
Did the University of California violate the Fourteenth Amendment's equal protection clause, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964, by practicing an affirmative action policy that resulted in the repeated rejection of Bakke's application for admission to its medical school?
In re Gault
Were the procedures used to commit Gault constitutionally legitimate under the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment?
Cruzan v. Director, Missouri Dept. of Health
Did the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment permit Cruzan's parents to refuse life-sustaining treatment on their daughter's behalf?
Texas v. Johnson
Is the desecration of an American flag, by burning or otherwise, a form of speech that is protected under the First Amendment?
Hazelwood School District v. Kuhlmeier
Did the principal's deletion of the articles violate the students' rights under the First Amendment?