Getting Started and Background Materials

Welcome to the course guide for LPSC 3307 - Understanding the Modern Supreme Court 

Visit my appointment calendar to book video-conference or telephone research consultations. In-person meetings are available when I'm on campus. If the times offered aren't convenient, please e-mail me and we'll find an alternative. I look forward to working with you!

This Guide provides resources to help you:

  • Find federal and state court cases and related materials,
  • Track down relevant news sources, and
  • Identify public policy organizations and publications related to the Court and its work.


Background Information on the Supreme Court

You may search NU's Scholar OneSearch for additional e-books and articles on the Supreme Court, its history, and its justices. See the box below called Finding background information in Scholar OneSearch.


Note: The 2020 edition of the Greenhouse text is available online through the Boston Public Library as part of the Very Short Introductions series. You may want to think about applying for a BPL e-card; many NU students are eligible even if they're not Massachusetts residents (see criteria on the BPL page).

Find background information in Scholar OneSearch

Scholar OneSearch includes the NU Library catalog as well as a wide-ranging article finding tool which covers most of the journal content provided by the Library.

To search the catalog only (books, streaming video, and other content except articles), select Library Catalogs from the drop-down menu at the end of the search box. 

NU Library catalog search for Supreme Court.


To include articles in your search, use the drop-down to select "Library Catalogs and Articles."


Catalog search which includes library catalog holdings and articles.


Find background information in HeinOnline

Find information in HeinOnline

  Search or select one of the publication categories below.