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Writing 39C: Argument & Research: First Amendment

Recommended resources for students working on their Writing 39C research and writing assignments.
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Find Sources

These databases can find all types of articles and multi-modal resources. However, they are best at finding academic research articles. Do you need a scholarly or peer reviewed article? It's a good idea to begin here.

Find books in the library: 

Online reference (or background) resources on First Amendment topics:

Select contemporary works on first amendment issues:

Major subject headings or tags:

  • Academic freedom
  • Freedom of speech
  • Intellectual freedom
  • United States Constitution 1st Amendment
  • Freedom of expression -- United States

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. Legal Information Institute, U.S. Constitution, First Amendment, available at https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/first_amendment

What the First Amendment Guarantees .... "The First Amendment guarantees freedoms concerning religion, expression, assembly, and the right to petition.  It forbids Congress from both promoting one religion over others and also restricting an individual’s religious practices.  It guarantees freedom of expression by prohibiting Congress from restricting the press or the rights of individuals to speak freely.  It also guarantees the right of citizens to assemble peaceably and to petition their government."  

[Legal Information Institute, First Amendment, available at https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/first_amendment]

 

Newspaper Resources

  • Google News
    This is the Google News aggregation index. While historical coverage is limited, it can be a useful point of entry for contemporary issues research.
  • Los Angeles Times*
    Access to the full text of the Los Angeles Times from 1986 to the present The LA Times is not covered in the United States Newspapers database. If you need articles from before 1986, us the Historical LA Times, 1881-1986.
  • New York Times*
    Comprehensive digital coverage back to 1980 is available. If you need articles from before 1980, use the Historical New York Times, 1851-2009.
  • US Newspapers*
    Full-text content of more than 650 US newspapers. Local and regional news, including community events, schools, politics and government, local companies, and people.

 

Criminal Justice News

Criminal Justice News sites link out to corrections and sentencing related stories daily.

"SCOTUSblog is devoted to comprehensively covering the U.S. Supreme Court without bias and according to the highest journalistic & legal ethical standards." [About SCOTUSblog]

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These are examples of multimodal information sources. There are many other types of multimodal information and writing. Please consult with your writing instructor about how to incorporate multimodals into your writing assignment.

Data and Statistics

Criminal Justice Data & Statistics

Images and Media

A highly selective sample of non-governmental constitutional law policy and research making organizations -- Other unlisted sites may prove equally valuable and valid for purposes of your research.

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Additional Research Support

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Schedule a Research Consultation

Schedule an appointment to get one-on-one research assistance from a librarian.

Visit a Peer Tutor

Get help with your writing from a peer writing consultant.

Canvas Research Skills Online Mini-Course

Self-directed online modules to develop research skills needed to for 39C. Required for online sections of 39C.