Communications First Amendment Issues
You need to do research on the First Amendment and the issues and
cases involving rights protected by the amendment.
Locate information about the
amendment and what it means.
- United States Code and United States Code
Annotated (Reference Room, Ref KF62 1927 .W45)
The first is just the code (law), the second includes notes on the code.
The U.S. Code Annotated (USCA) has one volume covering the Constitution
and Amendments 1 to 3.
- West's Encyclopedia of American Law (Reference Room,
Ref KF154 .W47 1997) This is the set of
start with when you don't have a "complete" understanding of the law and major issues.
It is an easy to understand "everyman's" guide American law, citing cases,
issues and legal terms.
- Congressional Quarterly's Guide to the U.S. Supreme
Court (Reference Room, Ref KF8742 .W567 1997) This third
edition explains some of the changing interpretations of the code by the
Supreme Court throughout its history.
- Encyclopedia of the U.S. Supreme Court
(Reference Room, Ref KF8742 .A35 E53 2001) Arranged alphabetically, check
the back for additional sources, categorized list of entries, cases index.
- CQ Researcher (Reference Room, Ref H35
.E3525) Although, really a periodical (published regularly), this reference work providing research information of current issues is kept
in the Reference Room. Previous years are bound volumes, the current year
is in a notebook for weekly updates. An index (red notebook) is kept in
the same area, check this before tackling the volumes. CQ Researcher
discusses an issue, its background, pro
and con, provides a chronology of the issues and additional sources of
information. It is indexed by Ebscohost.
- Code of Federal Regulations is available
online from Cornell University School of Law at http://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr. (case citation abbreviation: C.F.R)
Additional books can be located in Reference Room. KF is the beginning
call number for United States law.
- U.S. Reports (volumes 311-538 Reference Room,
Ref KF101) Published by U.S. government, these are the official reports
for cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. (case citation
(volumes 1-340 are available in microfiche, in the
cabinet at the front of the Reference Room.)
The latest Slip opinions and 2002-2005 term opinions are available online
at the Supreme Court (http://www.supremecourtus.gov/opinions/opinions.html
- Southeastern Reporter, 2d Series (volumes
1-61 Reference Room, Ref KF135 .S6 S727) National reporter with full
text of cases decided by state and federal appellate courts for: West
Virginia, Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. (case
citation abbreviation: S.E.2d)
- Many of the cases cited in your research will be unavailable in
physical format at the library. Important cases are usually available
online, but require some searching to retrieve.
Several links for legal resources are on the library's Homework page, under Criminal Justice,
on the Reference page (Law &
Legislation) and the Government Information page.
Check the online indexes (Ebscohost,
InfoTrac SearchBank, ProQuest Criminal Justice Periodicals) for Journal
this pathfinder (under construction) located at