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List of Recommended Internet Sites About the U.S.
This listing describes and evaluates 14 Internet sites dealing with
Supreme Court cases. It evaluates those that might be used by students,
describing their strengths and weaknesses, and includes a number of sites
that teachers might reference for lesson plan ideas.
Cornell University Law School provides a Legal Information Institute (LII)
that houses a collection of over 600 of the Supreme Court's most important
historical decisions on CD-ROM and over the Internet. The decisions are
organized by party name, by topic, and by opinion. The site also includes
links to other research sites on the Internet.
Users will find that this site is a comprehensive research source
on the United States Supreme Court. The LII offers a collection of materials
on Supreme Court decisions and information related to the Court. Users
can subscribe to a service that delivers a synopsis of the Court's decisions
via e-mail each day.
The Washington Post Web site features key stories related to the Supreme
Court. The site also provides a review of the key cases for the Supreme
Court's current term. Additionally, the Web site provides access to the
docket for the current term of the Supreme Court including oral argument
dates, key cases from previous terms, and a history quiz. Clicking on
"Links & Resources" allows users to access other links pertaining
to the Supreme Court.
This is a very thorough site on the Supreme Court. By clicking on
the "docket," students see a variety of ways in which they may
approach a Supreme Court case. The benefit of this site is that once students
find a Supreme Court case and read the decisions, they can further their
interest by searching for the case in the news article index for more
information and coverage.
U.S. Supreme Court Plus contains Supreme Court decisions listed chronologically,
reverse chronologically, and alphabetically. The Supreme Court decisions
can be downloaded using Adobe Acrobat Reader. The site provides an argument
calendar as well as a session calendar. The home page provides access
to a host of free services including decisions from the current term,
a list of the most cited Supreme Court cases, free queries and access
to case syllabi, biographies of the Justices, and a history of the Supreme
This site is a good research tool for students. The digest of recent
decisions and database are easy to navigate and understand. Not only does
the site give students access to the cases before the Supreme Court, it
also provides students with a historical overview of the Court's procedures
The Oyez Project at Northwestern University is a Supreme Court multimedia
database. The "Greatest Hits" links provide digital and audio
files on the oral arguments of some of the most controversial cases decided
by the Supreme Court since 1955, as well as several recordings of the
announcement of the Court's opinions. The Web site also links to the written
opinions of the Court in all cases since 1891, provided by the Findlaw
project. In addition, the "cases" link allows users to access
a current listing of cases on the docket this term, biographies and portraits
of all 108 Justices, and current and breaking news concerning the Supreme
This site provides in-depth coverage of the Supreme Court, both present
and past. There is a good balance of research materials, cases, current
news articles, feature stories, and historical overview. The site is very
easy to navigate and all of the links take the user within the Web page,
instead of having to search the Internet.
The Jurist: The Legal Education Network, launched at the University of
Pittsburgh School of Law, provides an online guide to the United States
Supreme Court. Users can click onto the following categories to search
for specific information on the Supreme Court: current calendar and schedule
of oral arguments, cases from the current term, briefs, latest decisions
from the Court, and past opinions from 1992-1999. The site also includes
detailed information on the structure and history of the United States'
highest court and biographies of each of the Justices since 1911. The
search toolbar on the top of the page allows users to access the latest
news concerning the Supreme Court.
This site is a comprehensive research tool for students. The categories
serve as a useful guide to navigate the information available on the page.
Students can follow links directly to sites on the Internet from this
page without having to perform any further searches or input information
into a search box.
The official Web site for the United States Supreme Court allows access
to a variety of information on the Court using Adobe Acrobat Reader. The
home page provides links within the site, including a calendar and schedule
for the current term, cases currently on the docket (coming soon), and
additional information about the Supreme Court and the Judiciary from
related Web sites. The site also includes an overview of the Supreme Court
where users can research topics ranging from the Court's procedures to
biographies on the individual Justices.
This site provides a good overview of the Supreme Court and its functions.
The layout of the information is a bit technical and confusing to work
with at times, but it is thorough and easy to navigate. The links are
labeled with descriptive headings and are directly within the site.
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