Franklin &  Marshall College Library

SOC 480: The Sociology of Law

How to find background information

Use reference sources to get ideas for topics, to get background information, and to guide you to additional information.
Oxford companion to American law
Ref Balcony KF156 .O94 2002

Encyclopedia of American law
Ref Balcony KF154 .E528 2002

Historic U.S. court case: an encyclopedia
Ref Balcony KF385 .Z9 H57 2001

Encyclopedia of the American Constitution
Ref Balcony KF4548 .E53 2000

Oxford guide to United States Supreme Court decisions
Ref Balcony KF4548 .O97 1999

Landmark Supreme Court cases: a reference guide
Ref Balcony KF4549 .L58 1999

West's encyclopedia of American law
Ref Balcony KF154 .W47 1997 12 vols.

Sexuality and the law: an encyclopedia of major legal cases
Ref Balcony KF9325.A7 L46 1993

Encyclopedia of world crime: criminal justice, criminology, and law enforcement
Ref HV6017 .E54 1989 8 vols.

Encyclopedia of gun control and gun rights
Ref Balcony KF3941.A68 U88 2000

The encyclopedia of Native American legal tradition
Ref Balcony KF8204 .E53 1998

Mass media and the Constitution: an encyclopedia of Supreme Court decisions
Ref Balcony KF2750 .A59 H58 1989

How to find books

Select Library Catalog from the Library web page:

How to find journal and newspaper articles

Available from the Library web page under Journals & Databases. Browse the entire list to find databases relevant to your particular topic. The databases listed below are most likely to be useful.
Congressional Universe
Indexing, abstracting, and some full-text of publications of the U.S. Congress. Covers 1970 to the present.

Index to Legal Periodicals & Books
Indexes articles from 620 legal journals, yearbooks, institutes, bar association organs, law reviews, and government publications originating in the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. Includes book reviews. Covers August 1981 to the present.

Connections to newspaper articles, business information, and legal resources.

The APA's index of journals, books, dissertations, and reports on psychology and related fields. Covers 1887 to the present.

Sociological Abstracts
Full version comprehensive database of over 1500 journals covering sociology, social work, and other social sciences. Covers 1963 to the present.

How to get articles and books

F&M journal holdings, print and online:
Select List of Journal Titles box from the Library web page

Interlibrary Loan for books and articles:
Form available from Library web page
Be THOROUGH in the information you provide. If you are unsure of any citation information, please indicate in "Comments" field. Also, please include source of the citation whenever possible. Allow two weeks for delivery, some items may arrive sooner.

Last updated: 2/3/03 ag, contact Pam Snelson for assistance, 291-3896