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COMS 225: Argumentation: Politics, Government & Law

In addition to using Lexis Nexis Academic, for help with locating primary sources of court cases, laws, regulations, and treaties, as well as secondary sources of information on legal terms and explanations of the law, see the following:

Legal Research

The Oviatt Library's  can help you find court cases, legal codes, and scholarly law review journal articles; as well as background information and definitions of terms.

Primary Sources: Court Cases & Codes

  • LexisNexis Academic
    • Click Look up a Legal Case to quickly locate a court case by name, e.g., United States v. American Library Association or citation, e.g., 539 U.S. 19.
    • Click Search by Subject or Topic to search state and federal court cases, law review journal articles, U.S. and state statutory codes, regulations, and constitutions; and some international cases and legislation. Use  Advanced Options to narrow search by date, jurisdiction, subject area, and segment (title, author, etc.).
  • Supreme Court of the United States (The official web site of the Supreme Court. In addition to the opinions, you can also read or listen to recent oral arguments presented at the Supreme Court.)
  • FDsys (Federal Digital System, U.S. Government Printing Office) (Includes recent primary sources of information from the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the Federal government.) 
  • FindLaw Cases and Codes (Search U.S. and State constitutions, statutes, cases and more. Note: FindLaw is not completely free. If you are prompted for a credit card to retrieve information, don't do it! Use LexisNexis Academic legal research to find similar information about court cases or codes.)

Secondary Sources: Law Reviews, Interpretations of the Law, Reference Sources

More Information:

Politics & Government


Government Websites

In addition to the links and information provided on the Library's Government Publications page, the following websites lead to more specific information on government at various levels.

United States




  • Foreign Countries (Includes country information, travel, U.S. foreign policy, U.S. foreign trade)