In Celebration: Constitution Day
Okay, it’s not Hump Day, but it is Constitution Day! Libraries, schools, and academic institutions across the country are celebrating the anniversary of the adoption of the United States Constitution (September 17, 1787) through a variety of activities. For our own contribution, we thought we’d highlight a few resources for researching the U.S. Constitution.
Hot off the presses, a new app from the Library of Congress: U.S. Constitution: Analysis and Interpretation – first and foremost a print resource for understanding the provisions of the Constitution and its amendments, the app form reads like an e-book, but in a very searchable format. If you do much research in constitutional law, you may find this app to be a very helpful resource. Like most government apps, this app is free. It’s currently available for iOS only, but the Android version is in development.
Not a mobile device user? No worries – this resource is also available online from Congress.gov (Constitution Annotated).
If you are researching the U.S. Constitution, there are a few other databases you should know about as well. In HeinOnline, you may want to check out World Constitutions Illustrated. As the title suggests, this resource gives you access to a number of nations’ constitutions, including the United States. Here you will find the Constitution, other founding documents, commentaries, scholarly articles, and a bibliography of other resources. Expanding on this theme, we have several other constitution databases, including Constitutions of Dependencies and Territories Online, Constitutions of the Countries of the World, and Constitutions of the United States: National and State.
Finally, if you want to journey into the world of scholarly blogging, you may want to check out Justia’s list of popular Constitutional Law Blawgs. Happy researching, and as always, stop by the Reference Office if you have any questions!