Description: A collection of over 350,000 full-text Supreme Court documents covering more than 150,000 distinct cases. The records in U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs are the official court filings representing the background and context of the cases presented to the high court. However, this collection does not include the Court’s rulings, opinions or decisions. The types of records contained include: Appellant’s Brief; Appellee’s Brief; Application for Review; Application for Writ; Brief for the U.S.; Brief in Opposition; Brief of Real Party; Intervener’s Brief; Jurisdictional Statement; Letter Brief; Opposition for Review; Oral Transcript; Petition; Petition for Rehearing; Petitioner’s Brief; Petition for Writ of Certiorari; Relator’s Brief; Supplement to Petition. The database is a primary source tool for the study of all aspects of American history (American economic history, American social history, Rhetoric and the interpretation of language, African American history and critical race theory, Feminist studies and jurisprudence, Philosophy and ethics) as well as the U.S. judicial system. Search features include the ability to browse cases alphabetically, as well as search by case number, document type, date, keyword and legal citations. Legal citations are in Supreme Court Reporter and Lawyers' Edition formats.
Coverage: 1832 to 1978


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Description: State Papers Online is a collection of English government documents originating from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries – when the King or Queen acted as Prime Minister as well as Monarch. The papers feature the office archives and correspondence of the secretaries of state serving the Monarch as facsimile manuscript documents accessed directly or via the fully searchable Calendar entries (abstracts or transcriptions). This collection contains information on every facet of English government, including social and economic affairs, law and order, religious policy, crown possessions and intelligence gathering as well as Britain's international relations and foreign policy. The current collection includes:

Part I: The Tudors, 1509-1603: State Papers Domestic. Key themes of Part I include:

  • Henry VIII’s relations with Europe
  • The Reformation
  • The Dissolution of Monasteries
  • Elizabeth I: Marriage and the Succession
  • Voyages of Discovery of Drake, Gilbert, Hawkins and Frobisher
  • Relations between the Crown and the nobility
  • The rise and fall of the Earl of Essex
  • The diplomacy of William Cecil and Francis Walsingham.

Part II: The Tudors, 1509-1603: State Papers Foreign, Scotland, Borders,Ireland and Registers of the Privy Council. Key themes of Part II include:

  • Mary, Queen of Scots: captivity, trial and execution
  • French wars of Religion between Catholics and Huguenots (1562-98)
  • 1541 Act raising Ireland into a Kingdom annexed to the Crown of England
  • Henry VIII’s ‘rough wooing’ of Scotland
  • England’s defeat of Philip II of Spain’s Grand Armada in 1588
  • Beginning of 80-year war between Spain and the Netherlands in 1566
  • England's relations with the Barbary States, Denmark, Flanders, France, Genoa, Holy Roman Empire, German States, Hambery and Hanse Towns, Holland and Flanders, Italian State and Rome, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Savoy and Sardinia, Sicily and Naples, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Tuscany and Venice
  • Letters to and from the English agents in Scotland: the ambassadors Randolphe, Killigrew and the two Bowes, and the secretarial assistant Nicolson
  • Extents and valors of the possessions of dissolved religious houses in Ireland, and those attainted of high treason, including Gerald, Earl of Kildare (1540-1583).

Part III: The Stuarts: James I to Anne, 1603-1714: State Papers Domestic. Key themes of Part III include:

  • The Coronation of James I (1603)
  • The Gunpowder Plot (1605)
  • The Pilgrim Fathers’ migration to New England (1620)
  • The Coronation of Charles I (1625)
  • The beginning of the English Civil War (1642)
  • The trial and execution of Charles I (1649)
  • Act passed declaring England a Commonwealth (1649)
  • Oliver Cromwell claims the title of Lord Protector (1653)
  • Restoration of the monarchy - Charles II (1660)
  • The Great Fire of London (1666)
  • William of Orange invades England and becomes joint ruler with his wife, Anne (1688)
  • The Coronation of Anne (1702)

Part IV: The Stuarts: James I to Anne, 1603 – 1714: State Papers Foreign, Ireland, Scotland and Acts of Privy Council is an extensive collection of all the foreign state papers of the British monarchy from the reign of James I in 1603 to the end of the reign of Queen Anne, in 1714. This unique online resource reproduces the original historical manuscripts in facsimile and links each manuscript to its corresponding fully-searchable calendar entry. It is an unprecedented, groundbreaking primary source collection for British Early Modern history and courses on the Stuarts.
Coverage: 1509-1714


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State Papers Online: Eighteenth Century is published in three Parts which form one seamless research resource covering seventy years of British and European history. Part I includes: The Hanovers, 1714-1782: State Papers Domestic, Military and Naval and Registers of the Privy Council. (Parts II & III are not yet available for trial). Please note that you will also see the portions of the State Papers Online Collections the Library already has access to.
Coverage: 1714 - 1782


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You have access to part I: Debates over Slavery and Abolition, part II: Slave Trade in the Atlantic World, part III: The Institution of Slavery, and part IV: The Age of Emancipation. Slavery and Anti-Slavery includes collections on the transatlantic slave trade, the global movement for the abolition of slavery, the legal, personal, and economic aspects of the slavery system, and the dynamics of emancipation in the U.S. as well as in Latin America, the Caribbean, and other regions.

This database contains:

  • 5.4 million cross-searchable pages: 12052 books, 170 serials, 71 manuscript collections, 377 supreme court records and briefs and 194 reference articles from Macmillan, Charles Scribner's Sons and Gale encyclopedias.
  • Links to websites, biographies, chronology, bibliographies, and information on key collections, to give users background and context for further research.
  • Collections published through partnerships with the Amistad Research Center, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the British Library, the National Archives in Kew, Oberlin College, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the University of Miami, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and many other institutions.

Sabin Americana contains books, pamphlets and other documents about society, politics, culture, religious beliefs, and contemporary opinions for North, Central and South America, the Arctic and Antarctica and the West Indies. This resource offers original accounts of exploration, pioneering, settlement, the western movement, military actions, Native Americans, slavery and abolition.
Coverage: 1500 to 1926

Description: Contains precedent-setting transcripts of cases covering constitutional and historical issues. Trials covered include the Dred Scott case, the Scopes “Monkey” Trial and the Amistad Slavery case, as well as sensational trial accounts offering an unfiltered narrative into the daily lives of everyday people. The trial transcripts can provide historical sources for sex, gender, class, marriage and divorce, and raise questions about the nature of celebrity and crime within a given era.
Coverage: 1600-1926

Description: Contains the published records of the American colonies, documents published by state constitutional conventions, state codes, city charters, law dictionaries, digests, and other resources in American legal history. The term “primary sources” is used not in the historian’s sense of a manuscript, letter or diary, but rather in the legal sense of a case, statute or regulation. Detailed description of the contents:

  • Early state codes - includes a comprehensive collection of the significant codes (a compilation of statutes) and code-like compilations from all states up to 1970. The significant codes were determined by legal bibliographers at Yale University consulting guides to legal research in individual states, the bibliography Pimsleur's Checklists of Basic American Legal Publications, and the Yale Law Library and Library of Congress collections.
  • Constitutional conventions and compilations - includes reports, journals, proceedings, and debates published by conventions enacting or amending state constitutions. It also includes supplementary documents published by the conventions, including manuals, rules of order and information for use of delegates. The significant conventions were determined by legal bibliographers at Yale University consulting the bibliography State Constitutional Conventions from Independence to the Completion of the Present Union, 1776-1959, by Cynthia E. Browne, and the Yale Law Library and Library of Congress collections.
  • City charters - includes the texts of enacted and proposed charters and ordinances in American jurisdictions, together with official documents relating to them, and opinions of legal officers of cities.
  • Law dictionaries - includes all the major American law dictionaries up to 1970, as determined by Fred Shapiro, a preeminent authority on legal lexicography, consulting the Yale Law Library and Library of Congress collections and his own knowledge of the literature.
  • Digests - Indexes to reported cases, arranged by subject.
  • Published records of the American colonies- includes more than 60 titles that have been transcribed, edited, printed and indexed by six generations of scholars. It includes the records and documents that detail the legislation and court proceedings marking the nation's tumultuous beginnings.

Material comes primarily from the holdings of the Lillian Goldman Law Library at Yale University.
Coverage: 1620-1970

Description: Searchable full-text collection of Anglo-American legal treatises containing more than 21,000 works from casebooks, local practice manuals, form books, works for lay readers, pamphlets, letters, speeches and more. Covers the following areas: domestic and international law; legal history; business and economics; politics and government; national defense; criminology; religion; education; labor and social welfare; and military justice.
Coverage: 1800-1926

Description: Gale takes literature, history and culture to the next level with its most extensive curated compilation of literary commentary available: Literature Criticism Online. The 10 individual, award-winning Gale series that comprise Literature Criticism Online represent a range of modern and historical views on authors and their works across regions, eras and genres. Imagine centuries of analysis — the scholarly and popular commentary from broadsheets, pamphlets, encyclopedias, books and periodicals — delivered in an easy format that matches the exact look and feel of the print originals. Gale literary references reach back 20 to 30 years and taken together as print, they could easily fill 230 feet of shelf space! Now, hundreds of volumes are digitized and ready to read 24/7 online. The net result is tens of thousands of hard-to-find essays at your fingertips. It's all designed to raise the level of research while providing around-the-clock remote access that today's researchers demand. With its complete and cross-referenced essay content, researchers will need to look no further. Only Literature Criticism Online brings together the most acclaimed literary series from Gale:

  • Contemporary Literary Criticism®, Vols 1-362
  • Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism®, Vols 1-300
  • Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism®, Vols1-292
  • Shakespearean Criticism, Vols 1-157
  • Literature Criticism from 1400–1800, Vols 1-234
  • Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, Vols 1-165
  • Poetry Criticism, Vols 1-156
  • Short Story Criticism, Vols 1-199
  • Drama Criticism, Vols 1-50
  • Children's Literature Review, Vols 1-191

Description: Original source material from the Foreign Office, Colonial Office, War Office and Cabinet Papers covering the period from the Anglo-Indian landing in Basra in 1914 through the British Mandate in Iraq of 1920-32 to the rise of Saddam Hussein in 1974. Major policy statements and other working documents are set out in context, the minor documents and marginalia reveal the workings of the mandate administration, diplomacy, treaties, oil and arms dealing. Includes photographs and color maps, as well as contemporary film.
Coverage: 1914-1974