Constitutional Studies

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Use this guide to find: research guides supporting Constitution Day events, Legal Studies Guides, and general information about the Constitution.

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Library Guides for Constitution Day

Constitution Day is celebrated on September 17th each year. That is the day the Constitution was signed during the Constitutional Convention. More information and events can be found on the Consitution Day website of the National Constitution Center. The following guides were created in support of Constitution Day events at Ithaca College:
Other Legal Studies and Politics Guides:

Primary Sources

  • Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis, and Interpretation
    The Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation contains legal analysis and interpretation of the United States Constitution, based primarily on Supreme Court case law. This regularly updated resource is especially useful when researching the constitutional implications of a specific issue or topic. The Featured Topics and Cases page highlights recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions that demonstrate pivotal interpretations of the Constitution's provisions. On Constitution Day 2013 the Government Printing Office released an iPhone or iPad app for it. 
  • FDsys (GPO's Federal Digital System)
    The Government Printing Office's (GPO) Federal Digital System (FDsys) provides public access to government information submitted by Congress and Federal agencies. Search or browse  for documents and publications.  Use the Advance Search form to search by date or specific publication title (Congressional Record, Code of Federal Regulations, Federal Register, Bills, Hearings, the United States Code, etc.). Fulltext primary source documents are available in both PDF (downloadable) and XML formats.
  • Oyez : U.S. Supreme Court Multimedia
    User friendly website that contains biographies of Supreme Court justices, case decisions, and some audio transcripts of select cases.

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The Constitution

You can access high resolution images and transcripts of the Constitution and Bill of Rights through the National Archive's "Charters of Freedom" website.

Streaming Educational Video

 The Constitution: That Delicate Balance
From Annenberg Media, this is a streaming video series on the Constitution. Produced by Columbia University Seminars on Media and Society. 1984.


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Organizations and Associations

  • Bill of Rights Institute
    The Bill of Rights Institute provides resources for educating the public about founding documents
  • Center for Constitutional Rights
    Organization founded in 1966 that is dedicated to protecting rights stated in the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Humaning Rights.  
  • First Amendment Center
    Clearinghouse for information concerning the five freedoms (speech, press, assembly, petition and religion) guaranteed by the First Amendment to our Constitution
  • National Constitution Center
    Museum in Philadelphia that educates the public about the Constitution through exhibits and events.