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Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought Research Guide

Gretchen L. Gano
Social Science Librarian

Frost Library
PO Box: AC# 2256
Please call the college operator at 413-542-2000 or e-mail if you require contact

Books | Databases | Reference | Data | Primary | Web Resources | Related Sites


Congressional Publications
Index to U.S. congressional material, some full text.

Criminal Justice Journals (ProQuest) (1981 to present)
Covers academic literature on crime, its causes and impacts, legal and social implications, as well as litigation and crime trends.

Full-text legal materials back to volume 1, historic English law and more. (Alumni access)

LEXIS-NEXIS Academic Universe (date coverage varies)
Full-text federal and state laws, international legal materials, and law reviews. Also newspapers and business information.

Westlaw Campus
Federal and state laws, law reviews, legal encyclopedias and dictionaries. Also newspapers and the European Union Library.


International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences
Scholarly surveys of all aspects of social sciences.

International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences

Oxford English Dictionary
Key dictionary of English language on historical principles.

Oxford Reference Online

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Scholarly entries on all aspects of philosophy.


Historical Statistics of the United States
Standard source for quantitative information about the U.S., updated and includes 37,000 data series.

ICPSR: Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
World's largest archive of computerized social science data, provides abstracts and data.

Database contains survey questions and answers asked in the US over the last 70+ years by more than 150 survey organizations. Create a personal registration for access to full features.

Roper Express
Archives datasets from thousands of surveys with national adult, state, foreign, and special subpopulation samples. Create a personal registration to access datasets and full features.

Primary Sources

American State Papers (1789-1838)
Full-image database of legislative and executive documents of Congress. Continued by U.S. Congressional Serial Set.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) (1701-1800)
Page images and full-text searching for more than 136,000 key English- and foreign-language titles printed in Great Britain during the 18th century, based on the English Short Title Catalogue.

U.S. Congressional Serial Set (1817-1976)
Reports, documents and journals of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Preceded by American State Papers.

Web Resources

Black's Law Dictionary (Now online via Westlaw!)Basic Legal Citation (2007 ed.)

FindLaw: Internet Legal Resources Very comprehensive directory of law related resources including law reviews, case and statuatory laws. Also includes a search engine that focuses on legal resources.

Internet Legal Resource Guide

U.S. Legal Sources in the Amherst College Library

WWW Virtual Library: Law

Finding Law-Related Internet Sources

Thomas: Legislative Information on the Internet


Related Amherst College sites

AC Department of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought