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The U.S. Supreme Court : a bibliography
Martin, Fenton S.
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Publication Information:
Washington, D.C. : Congressional Quarterly, [1990]

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xv, 594 pages ; 27 cm
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Includes indexes.
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With some 9,000 citations and listings, this volume covers the history, development and powers of the Court, and the Court's relationship to the federal government, the president, and the states. The first section, divided into 16 subject areas, focuses on the Court; the second contains biographical materials on each of the 104 justices who have served on the Court through 1989. In general, all sources can be found in larger public and academic libraries. The introductory "guide to research" chapter is especially helpful to those undertaking Supreme Court research for the first time. Annotation(c) 2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Library Journal Review

This volume contains an extensive bibliography of books, articles, and other publications. Listings are organized by topic, by time period, and by individual justice. However, the volume does not distinguish between major and minor studies, and entries are not annotated. Thus the bibliography will be of greater use to scholars and reference librarians than to the general public. More guidance is provided by the introduction, which tells how to conduct legal research and discusses the materials available for researching the Supreme Court. There are also helpful subject and author indexes.-- G. Alan Tarr, Rutgers Univ., Camden, N.J. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

True to its claim, this bibliography is a "comprehensive listing" of 9,434 English-language books, articles, dissertations, essays, and research reports published from 1850 to 1989. US government publications such as nomination hearings were excluded, but the introduction to research includes guidance on finding government publications, statutes, and cases as well as other reference works, indexes, and databases. The entries were drawn from 46 print, CD-ROM, or online indexes and from printed bibliographies. Two thirds of the entries cite material on the Court itself, grouped under headings such as chronological development of the Court, the Court and the federal government, equal rights, due process, etc.; the other entries identify items on the justices themselves, arranged by justice. Extensive (100 pages) subject and author indexes facilitate access. The only shortcoming of this work is its lack of annotations, but that failing is outweighed by the fact that it is the most comprehensive, up-to-date work produced to date (the only compilation since 1981) and the only bibliography in print. Other bibliographies are selective, such as D.G. Stephenson's The Supreme Court and the American Republic (CH, Jan'82), which is annotated, but contains only 1,329 entries, and Dorothy Tompkins's The Supreme Court of the United States (1959), which covers works from the 1930s through 1950s. In its usual style, Congressional Quarterly has produced an outstanding bibliography which fills a need today and is destined to be a classic reference work for years to come. For legal collections and large research libraries. -L. Stwalley, University of Colorado at Denver