Schedule of Library Sessions:
Session 1 Finding that core primary legal document
Session 2 Secondary sources - books and scholarly articles
Session 3 More primary and historical documents
a) Primary Sources - quick review
b) Finding that core primary legal document
United States Congressional Serial Set
From Browse Subjects, select Social Issues, then Polygamy
This database includes congressional reports and documents, not acts or court cases. But it does include a useful sidebar that lists relevant court cases and acts on polygamy. You can find related materials on discussions leading up to the passage of new laws.
Century of Lawmaking This website includes statutes as well as the Congressional Globe and Congressional Record, transcripts of debates in Congress up through 1875.
The Statutes at Large, the Congressional Globe and the Congressional Record are also available in print form in the Government Publications Law section, first floor of the Rivera Library. Just ask for help at the Government Publications Reference Desk.
To find the Morrill Anti-Bigamy Act online:
In this box, type in the number 501
It is Chapter CXXVI anc comprised of 3 short sections.
NOTE: Many acts are not listed under their popular name, such as this one. This act was part of a larger statute establishing land grant colleges.
WestLaw Campus Research - Use this resource to find court cases and law review journals.
For court cases, you can search by:
Document name - e.g. Davis v. Beason
Citation - e.g. 98 U.S. 145
or use the basic or advanced search.
To find Reynolds versus U.S.online:
click: WestLaw Campus Research
click the GO after "I agree"
Enter 98 U.S. 145 in the Document by citation box and hit GO
Find a Document by citation: (e.g., 98 S.CT 2733)
c) How to cite government and legal materials
Books: Use Scotty, the online catalog. Reminder: Scotty does not include articles.
Articles: Go to Databases by Subject -> select History ->
Search by keyword for materials on a particular topic. To retrieve variations of a word, use *
Refine your searches by using Subject Headings.
America: History and Life - Scholarly articles, reviews, dissertations, and collections in US and Canadian history from pre-history to present, most with abstracts and some full-text; 1964-present.
limit to 'Articles'
try different search strategies and keywords
use more than one search term
refine using subject headings
read the abstracts first
to check holdings
You can also use:
JSTOR: The Scholarly Journal Archive - scholarly journals digitized, starting with the very first issues, many of which date from the 1800s. JSTOR is not a current issues database - it does not include the past 1-5 years.
use Advanced Search
use more than one search term
limit by discipline/journal titles
limit by Article
Let the research lead you !
More primary resources - magazines, newspapers, diaries, and more!
Go to Databases by Subject -> select History -> then scroll to Online Texts
American Periodicals Series Online, 1740-1900 (search tip: limit by date)
Digitized articles from more than 1000 American magazines
Gerritsen Collection, Women's History Online, 1543-1945 (search tip: add search terms, limit by date)
Womens' perspectives from around the world
Early American Newspapers, Series I. (1690-1876) (search tip: limit by date or Eras in American History)
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