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United States Constitutional Law: Primary Sources

This guide is intended to assist the user with basic constitutional law research, as well as to provide the researcher with further resources to consult. The most important sources are outlined including primary sources, treatises, hornbooks and more.

U.S. Constitution

U.S. Constitution

The United States Constitution was created on September 17, 1787. The following annotated editions of the United States Constitution can be found online or at the Gould Law Library at:

  • The Charters of Freedom:  Operated by the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, you can view and read transcripts of the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Bill of Rights.
  • The Constitution Annotated: Operated by the Library of Congress, this resource provides the text of the U.S. Constitution together with legal analysis and constitutional interpretation. It is an invaluable resource when doing research into federal constitutional law.
  • Lexis:  Type USCS - Constitution of the United States into the main search box.  Before you hit the search button, a drop down menu will appear with a link to the document. Click this and it will take you to the table of contents.  You can then view each section using the drop down arrows.
  • Westlaw: In the main search box, begin typing U.S. Constitution.  Before you hit the search button, a drop down menu will appear. Under suggestions in the content pages section, click the link for the Constitution. It will take you to the table of contents. You can then view each section using the plus signs. 
  • Bloomberg: In the main search box begin typing U.S. ConstitutionBefore you hit the search button, a drop down menu will appear. Click the link for the Constitution to be taken to the table of contents page. You can view the sections by clicking the plus sign or search by keyword in the search bar. 
  • The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and InterpretationThis includes annotations of the most important Supreme Court cases. It also includes historical information, such as Supreme Court dissenting opinions and overruled decisions, as well as proposed amendments and laws that were deemed unconstitutional. Print copy available at KF4527.A3 (Reference) (also available online at Gov Info)