A guide to sources that provide a history, analysis, debate, and case law associated with the Bill of Rights and its specific amendments.
Last Updated: Feb 20, 2015
- CQ Researcher Online
This comprehensive source will provide an overview and background information on the topic (e.g., gun control or freedom of the press, etc.). The database will also give pro/con arguments, related statistics, and a bibliography with current reports (and links to those reports), books and articles for further research.
- Opposing Viewpoints in Context
Type in a topic (e.g., gun control, freedom of the press, etc.) and retrieve: articles presenting both (or several) sides of the debate, academic articles, statistics, and reference sources as well as related audio and video.
- Gale Virtual Reference Library
Overviews of topics (e.g., Freedom of the Press, Gun Control, First Amendment, etc.) from a wide assortment of specialized encyclopedias including legal encyclopedias, human rights encyclopedias, etc.
Encyclopedia of the American Constitution
Call Number: Reference Desk KF 4548 .E53 2000
Publication Date: 2000
The contents of this encyclopedia are also available electronically through the Gale Virtual Reference database.
The Bill of Rights in modern America : after 200 years
Call Number: John Jay College - Stacks - KF 4550 .A2 B49 1993
Publication Date: 1993
An electronic version of this source is available at:
- Popular Names of Constitutional Provisions
Prepared by the University of Washington Gallagher Law Library.
A really useful list that identifies popular names or nicknames of Constitutional amendments, articles and provisions. The information is arranged in two lists: the first, alphabetically by popular name/nickname and the second list is arranged by each item's appearance in the Constitution.
From: The National Constitution Center
- Bill of Rights - Original document and transcript
The transcript as well as the facsimile is available here on Our Documents, a cooperative effort among National History Day, The National Archives and Records Administration and the USA Freedom Corps.
- CQ Supreme Court Collection
Click on "Supreme Court Encyclopedia" and then "Bill of Rights" for a quick overview of the Bill of Rights, its creation and the meaning of the 10 amendments.
- Encyclopedia of the American Constitution
Electronic version of the six volume encyclopedia that contains in-depth articles on all aspects of the Constitution and its amendments.
The hard-copy version is located at the Reference Desk and its appendix, contains a transcript of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, all subsequent amendments and other related documents. The call number for the hard-copy version of the Encyclopedia is:
Reference Desk KF 4548 .E53 2000
- FindLaw - The Bill of Rights
Overview of the specific amendments, their annotations and interpretations and landmark cases pertaining to each amendment.
This brief video provides the history and context of the creation of the Bill of Rights as well as a and overview of the significance of each amendment.