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LGLS 251: Civil Rights & Liberties. Samantha E. Cabral Douglas & Judith Krupp Library Bryant University Spring 2008 (Updated Spring 2009 – LK). Contact the Library. Phone : 401-232-6299 E-mail : refdesk@bryant.edu

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lgls 251 civil rights liberties

LGLS 251:Civil Rights & Liberties

Samantha E. Cabral

Douglas & Judith Krupp Library

Bryant University

Spring 2008 (Updated Spring 2009 – LK)

contact the library
Contact the Library
  • Phone : 401-232-6299
  • E-mail : refdesk@bryant.edu
  • IM a Reference Librarian : ask your research questions via AIM, MSN messenger, YAHOO! , or gmail
  • Text Message: 401-595-7306
library contacts
Library Contacts
  • Colleen Anderson canderso@bryant.edu
  • Jenifer Bond jbond2@bryant.edu
  • Maura Keating mkeating@bryant.edu
  • Laura Kohl lkohl@bryant.edu
electronic resources
Electronic Resources

The CQ Researcher Online : Reports on  "hot" contemporary issues (from 1991 to present).

Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center : Pros and cons of controversial and current issues.

LexisNexis : You may look up cases, other legal research, as well as news items in this database. See LexisNexis tutorial for help searching this database.

ProQuest Research Library: Search periodicals on legal subjects such as business law, civil law, and more in this ProQuest Research Library Module.

To access any of these databases simply go to the library home page: http://library.bryant.edu and select the “Articles & Databases” link.

constitution bill of rights
Constitution & Bill of Rights
  • Constitution of the United States of America : http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution.html
  • Bill of Rights : http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/bill_of_rights.html
  • State Constitutions of the United StatesRef # KF4530 .M33 2006

*Tip : For web these websites select the “printer friendly” link/tab for an easier version to read

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  • USA PATRIOT Act 2001 : http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c107:H.R.3162.ENR:
  • USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005 : http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=109_cong_public_laws&docid=f:publ177.109.pdf
additional web resources
Additional Web Resources
  • Privacy & Freedoms : Freedom of Information & Privacy Act : http://www.us.gov/Topics/Reference_Shelf/FOIA.shtml
  • United States Dept of Justice : What We Do :http://www.usdoj.gov/whatwedo/whatwedo_ucrcl.html
  • ACLU : American Civil Liberties Unionwww.aclu.org
  • THOMAS (Library of Congress) :http://thomas.loc.gov/
print resources
Print Resources

American Civil RightsRef # JC599.U5 E54 1999 (5 vol.)

Civil Liberties in America : A Reference HandbookRef # KF4749 .W35 2004

Encyclopedia of Human RightsRef # JC571 .E67 1996

The Evolving Constitution : How the Supreme Court has Ruled on Issues from Abortion to ZoningRef # KF4548 .L54 1992

First Amendment Freedoms, Selected Cases on Freedom of Religion, Speech, Press, AssemblyRef # JC599 .U5 K63

print resources continued
Print Resources Continued

Guide to Homeland SecurityRef # KF4850.A29 G85 2005

Sources of Our Liberties; Documentary Origins of Individual Liberties in the United States Constitution and Bill of RightsRef # JC599 .U5 P42

The Supreme Court and Individual RightsRef # KF4748 .W53 2004

United States Supreme Court Decisions : An Index to Excerpts, Reprints, and DiscussionsRef # KF101.6 G83 2001

periodicals journals

Electronic Journals:

  • Columbia Human Rights Law Review
  • Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review
  • Harvard Human Rights Journal
  • New York Law School Journal of Human Rights
  • Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review
serials solutions
Serials Solutions

To locate a specific journal title go to the Library home page, and select “Articles & Databases” then scroll down to Serials Solutions. Here you will be able to enter in the title of the journal you are searching for. This search engine will tell you if it is available in print or electronic version, and how to access it.

example of a serials solution search
Example of a Serials Solution Search

If you were to search for the title “Harvard Human Rights Journal” this is what you would see for results:

This shows that the articles in “Harvard Human Rights Journal” are available in LexisNexis.

You would simply click on the LexisNexis link and search for you articles by keywords or terms.

searching the helin catalog
Searching the HELIN Catalog

To find further sources of information you may also consider searching the HELIN Catalog. To do so simply go to the library homepage http://library.bryant.edu .

  • To search for books/journals on civil liberties select search by “Subject” and use the term “Civil Rights”. Narrower subject terms include;

employee rights, equality before the law, freedom of association, freedom of information, freedom of speech, gay rights, political persecution, ‘privacy, right of”, right of property, and right to education.

  • To search within the Bryant Library only, change the section titled: Limit to Libraries/Campuses, from “View Entire Collection” to “Bryant University”.

If you are having difficulty with your research, or using any of the databases please stop by and talk to a reference librarian, we are here to help!