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Constitution

U.S. Constitution

National Archive (transcription) [1]

Note: This transcription of the Constitution is the official transcription from the National Archives.

Statutes

Note: The United States Code is not available online as a PDF. For most citations to federal statutes, cite to the U.S. Code, which requires actually grabbing the book off the shelf and looking at it. Cite to session laws in only two situations: (1) where the law is so new that it does not appear in the U.S. Code, supplements, or West or Lexis annotated codes yet, or (2) where you are citing the historical fact of the passage of an act.

Federal session laws (Stat.)

GPO (2003–a couple years ago) [2] > [enter session law citation] > Submit > [find session law in search results] > PDF

HeinOnline (1789–a few years ago) [3] > HeinOnline > [log in] > Submit > U.S. Statutes at Large > [select volume] > [find session law] > [select page]

LexisNexis [4] > [log in] > [enter citation as “XX Stat. XXX” or “XX PL XXX”] > Go > (PDF – XXXK)

SCOTUS Rules of evidence & procedure

Supreme Court [5]

Cases

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Reports

HeinOnline (1754–a few years ago) [6] > HeinOnline > [log in] > Submit > U.S. Supreme Court Library > U.S. Reports {or U.S. Reports Preliminary Prints} > [select volume] > [find case] > [select page]

S. Ct. Reporter

Westlaw [7] > [log in] > Go > [enter case citation] > Go > West Reporter Image (PDF)

Note: Cite to U.S. Reports rather than Supreme Court Reporter if possible, even if U.S. Reports is not available as a PDF yet. Make sure tofind the PDF that looks like the actual pages in the bound reporter, not the one that looks like the online version printed out. Not all cases are available in PDF this way.

Federal circuits (F.)

Westlaw [8] > [log in] > Go > [enter case citation] > Go > West Reporter Image (PDF)

Note: Make sure to find the PDF that looks like the actual pages in the bound reporter, not the one that looks like the online version printed out. Not all cases are available in PDF this way.

Federal districts (F. Supp.)

Westlaw [9] > [log in] > Go > [enter case citation] > Go > West Reporter Image (PDF)

Note: Make sure to find the PDF that looks like the actual pages in the bound reporter, not the one that looks like the online version printed out. Not all cases are available in PDF this way.

State courts (N.W., N.E., P., &c)

Westlaw [10] > [log in] > Go > [enter case citation] > Go > West Reporter Image (PDF)

Note: Make sure to find the PDF that looks like the actual pages in the bound reporter, not the one that looks like the online version printed out. Not all cases are available in PDF this way.

Case briefs and other docketed documents

U.S. Supreme Court briefs

ABA (2003–present) [11] > [select argument date] > [find case] > [select brief]

Findlaw (1999–present) [12] > [select term] > [select case] > [find brief] > PDF

U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments

Supreme Court (2000–present) [13] > [select docket number]

Legislative materials

Congressional bills and resolutions

GPO (1993–present) [14] > [select congress and type of resolution] > [find resolution] > PDF

Legislative histories of select laws

HeinOnline [15] > HeinOnline > [log in] > Submit > U.S. Federal Legislative History Library > U.S. Federal Legislative History Title Collection > [select law] > [select volume, document or page]

Congressional committee hearings

GPO (varies; past few congresses) [16] > [select committee] > [varies by committee]

Federal reports

GPO (1995–present) [17] > [select congress] > [select type of report] > [enter citation or search term] > Submit > [find report] > PDF

Lexis (1789–1969) [18] > Search by Number> [enter number] > Replica of Original

Congressional documents

GPO (1995–present) [19] > [select type of document] > [enter citation or search term] > Submit > [find document] > PDF

Lexis (1789–1969) [20] > Search by Number > [enter number] > Replica of Original

Congressional committee prints

GPO (varies; past few congresses) [21] > [select committee] > [varies by committee]

Congressional debates

Congressional Record

GPO (1994–present) [22] > Browse the Congressional Record by Day of Session [select year] > Go > [find date and click on page number]

Library of Congress (1873–75) [23] > [select volume] > [enter page number] > Turn to Image

Congressional Globe

Library of Congress (1833–73) [24] > [select volume] > [enter page number] > Turn to Image

Register of Debates

Library of Congress (1824–37) [25] > [select volume] > [enter page number] > Turn to Image

Annals

Library of Congress (1789–1824) [26] > [select volume] > [enter page number] > Turn to Image

Senate Procedure (Riddick’s)

GPO [27]

Administrative and executive materials

Administrative reports and adjudications

Various [28] > [select department or agency] > [varies by agency]

Advisory opinions (att’y gen’l and OLC)

HeinOnline [29] > HeinOnline > [log in] > Submit > U.S. Attorney General Opinions > [select publication] > [select volume]

Patents

USPTO [30] > [enter patent #] > View Image

Rules, regulations, and executive orders

C.F.R.

GPO (1996–present) [31] > [find title] > [select revision date] > [select part or regulatory entity] > [if necessary, select more specific part] > [find section] > PDF

Note: Executive orders require a parallel citation to U.S.C. (see Bluebook Rule 14.7).

Fed. Reg.

GPO (1994–present) [32] > [enter citation] > Submit > [find regulation] > PDF

Note: Cite to the Code of Federal Regulations rather than the Federal Register if possible, even if C.F.R. is not available as a PDF yet. Executive orders require a parallel citation to U.S.C. (see Bluebook Rule 14.7).

Presidential papers, speeches, and documents

Pub. Papers

GPO (1991–present) [33] > [select president] > [select year, book, and document type] > [if necessary, select more specific document]

Note: Only some of the documents appear to be available as PDFs.

Weekly Comp. Pres. Doc.

GPO (1993–present) [34] > [select year] > [enter search term] > Submit > [finddocument] > PDF

Note: Cite to the Public Papers of the Presidents rather than the Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents if possible, even if Pub. Papers is not available as a PDF yet.

Books

9/11 Commission Report

9/11 Commission [35]

Books about the Framers

Debates of the constitutional convention

Elliot’s

Michigan Making of America [36] > [identify volume] > List of all pages > [select page number]

Farrand’s

Library of Congress [37] > [select volume] > Page image > [enter page number] > Turn to image

Note: These true page images are tiffs, not PDFs, so you can print them but not upload them.

Journals of the Continental Congress

Library of Congress [38] > [select volume] > Page image > [enter page number] > Turn to image

Note: These true page images are tiffs, not PDFs, so you can print them but not upload them.

Letters of Delegates to Congress 1774–1789

Library of Congress [39] > [select date] > [select letter]

Note: These true page images are tiffs, not PDFs, so you can print them but not upload them.

Select legal classics

HeinOnline [40] > HeinOnline > [log in] > Submit > Legal Classics > [select title]

Nineteenth-century primary sources

Michigan Making of America [41] > [enter search term] > Search > [find title] > List of all pages > [select page number]

Books on history (even recent ones)

American Council of Learned Societies [42] > [log in] > Submit > Browse > [select author’s last initial] > [find author] > [select title] > [select chapter or section] > [locate page using Prev and Next]

Note: I’m not sure there’s a way to download or print these page images, but you could scroll to where it is legible and use your computer’s printscreen or grab function.

Law journals

Lots of law journals

HeinOnline [43] > HeinOnline > [log in] > Submit > Law Journal Library > [in header, select journal title and enter volume and page number] > Go

Various [Google the name of the law journal to find its official website. Many law journals have PDFs of some issues available on their websites. Also, check the faculty webpage for the author to see if it links to a PDF from the journal.]

Harvard Law Review

Harv. L. Rev. (Most recent volumes) [44]

University of Pennsylvania Law Review

U. Penn. L. Rev. (Vol. 152–present) [45]

Yale Law Journal

Yale L.J. (Vol. 110–present) [46]

Other journals

Penn Libraries (various) [47] > [search for title] > [select publication] > [log in] > Submit > [varies by publication]

Note: Not all publications are available in PDF.

Newspapers and magazines

Chicago Tribune

Newspaper Direct (past two months) [48] > [log in] > Submit > [select date from drop-down menu] > [select page from sidebar]

Note: I’m not sure there’s a way to download or print these images of the newspaper, but you could find your article, zoom in to where it is legible, and use your computer’s printscreen or grab function.

Los Angeles Times

Newspaper Direct (past two months) [49] > [log in] > Submit > [select date from drop-down menu] > [select page from sidebar]

Note: I’m not sure there’s a way to download or print these images of the newspaper, but you could find your article, zoom in to where it is legible, and use your computer’s printscreen or grab function.

New York Times

ProQuest (1851–a few years ago) [50] > [log in] > Submit > [enter search term and date restrictions] > Search > [find article] > Article Image –PDF

USA Today

Newspaper Direct (past two months) [51] > [log in] > Submit > [select date from drop-down menu] > [select page from sidebar]

Note: I’m not sure there’s a way to download or print these images of the newspaper, but you could find your article, zoom in to where it is legible, and use your computer’s printscreen or grab function.

Washington Post

Newspaper Direct (past two months) [52] > [log in] > Submit > [select date from drop-down menu] > [select page from sidebar]

Note: I’m not sure there’s a way to download or print these images of the newspaper, but you could find your article, zoom in to where it is legible, and use your computer’s printscreen or grab function.

Historical periodicals

American Periodicals Series (1740–1900) [53] > [log in] > Submit > Search for Periodicals > Show all publications > [select publication name] > [select date, volume, and/or issue] > [find article] > Article Image –PDF

Recent significant-event front pages

Newseum (2001-) http://www.newseum.org/todaysfrontpages/ > View Archived Pages > [select date]

Note: I’m not sure there’s a way to download or print these images of the newspaper, but you could find your article, zoom in to where it is legible, and use your computer’s printscreen or grab function.

Miscellaneous

Lots of miscellaneous documents are available online at various websites. Enter filetype:pdf and your search terms into Google to see what you can find.

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