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Legal Environment of Business

Reference Books

Historic U.S. Court Cases: An Encyclopedia / John W. Johnson, ed.
REF KF 352 .Z9 H57 2001
(located in the Reference section on the east end of the LRC)

Oxford Companion to American Law / Kermit Hall and David Scott Clark, eds.
KF154 .O96 2002

Books to Check Out

Books about the Law of the United States have call numbers that begin with KF. However, books about significant cases may have call numbers that place them elsewhere in collection, depending upon the subject matter of the individual case. Following is a partial list of books about notable trials:

Famous Cases in History / Elizabeth A. Cawthon
KF540 .C39 2012
100 significant legal trials through history from Socrates to Saddam Hussein.

In Reckless Hands: Skinner v. Oklahoma and the Near Triumph of American Eugenics / Victoria F. Nourse
KF224 .S486 N68 2008

Justice: Crimes, Trials, and Punishments / Dominick Dunne
KF221 .M8 D86 2002

Lucent Famous Trials series
KF223-228
Series includes: Furman v. Georgia: Fairness and the Death Penalty; Plessy v. Ferguson: Separate But Equal;  Miranda v. Arizona: The Rights of the Accused; Engel v. Vitale: Prayer in the Public Schools; Roe v. Wade: Abortion and the Supreme Court; Brown v. Board of Education; Cherokee Nation v. Georgia.

Reno v. ACLU: Internet Censorship / Joan Axelrod-Contrada
KF228 .U5 A96 2006

Selling Women Short: The Landmark Battle for Workers’ Rights at Wal-Mart / Liza Featherstone
HD6060.5 U5 F43 2006 

Trials of the Century: An Encyclopedia of Popular Culture and the Law / Scott Patrick Johnson
EBSCO eBook (accessible from the online library catalog)

 Research Databases for Full-Text Articles

  • Subscription resources linked to the Online Databases page in the LRC menu
  • Require off-campus authentication using Moodle user name and password

 LexisNexis Academic Universe

  • Look up a legal case by citation, by parties involved, or by topic

EBSCO Academic Search Premier

A multi-disciplinary database that provides full text for more than 4,600 journals, including full text for nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles

  • Use Advanced Search function to search on court case title as Subject

Gale Academic OneFile

Access to full text journals and references with strong coverage of hard sciences,medicine, engineering and business

  • Use Advanced Search function to search on court case title as Subject

 Websites

FindLaw Cases & Codes

  • Search opinion summaries by court and legal topic
  • Browse cases and codes

 Oyez (Chicago-Kent College of Law)

  • Major constitutional cases heard by the Supreme Court
  • Click on the Cases tab and display lists by year

Google Scholar

  • Enter your search terms and limit to case law
  • Limit results to state and federal courts of your choice

Economist Magazine

  • Commentary on Supreme Court Cases

Internet Library of Law and Court Decisions

  • summaries of over 600 court decisions about internet law
  • “facts, analysis and pertinent quotes from cases of interest to those who do business on the Internet and in New Media”

Court Locator – United States Courts

  • Interactive map allows you to locate and identify a specific circuit court