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List of Recommended Internet Sites About the U.S. Supreme Court
This listing describes and evaluates 14 Internet sites dealing with Supreme Court cases. It evaluates those that might be used by students, describing their strengths and weaknesses, and includes a number of sites that teachers might reference for lesson plan ideas.

1. supct.law.cornell.edu/supct/
Cornell University Law School provides a Legal Information Institute (LII) that houses a collection of over 600 of the Supreme Court's most important historical decisions on CD-ROM and over the Internet. The decisions are organized by party name, by topic, and by opinion. The site also includes links to other research sites on the Internet.
Users will find that this site is a comprehensive research source on the United States Supreme Court. The LII offers a collection of materials on Supreme Court decisions and information related to the Court. Users can subscribe to a service that delivers a synopsis of the Court's decisions via e-mail each day.

2. www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/supcourt/supcourt.htm
The Washington Post Web site features key stories related to the Supreme Court. The site also provides a review of the key cases for the Supreme Court's current term. Additionally, the Web site provides access to the docket for the current term of the Supreme Court including oral argument dates, key cases from previous terms, and a history quiz. Clicking on "Links & Resources" allows users to access other links pertaining to the Supreme Court.
This is a very thorough site on the Supreme Court. By clicking on the "docket," students see a variety of ways in which they may approach a Supreme Court case. The benefit of this site is that once students find a Supreme Court case and read the decisions, they can further their interest by searching for the case in the news article index for more information and coverage.

3. www.usscplus.com/current/index.htm
U.S. Supreme Court Plus contains Supreme Court decisions listed chronologically, reverse chronologically, and alphabetically. The Supreme Court decisions can be downloaded using Adobe Acrobat Reader. The site provides an argument calendar as well as a session calendar. The home page provides access to a host of free services including decisions from the current term, a list of the most cited Supreme Court cases, free queries and access to case syllabi, biographies of the Justices, and a history of the Supreme Court.
This site is a good research tool for students. The digest of recent decisions and database are easy to navigate and understand. Not only does the site give students access to the cases before the Supreme Court, it also provides students with a historical overview of the Court's procedures and traditions.

4. www.oyez.org
The Oyez Project at Northwestern University is a Supreme Court multimedia database. The "Greatest Hits" links provide digital and audio files on the oral arguments of some of the most controversial cases decided by the Supreme Court since 1955, as well as several recordings of the announcement of the Court's opinions. The Web site also links to the written opinions of the Court in all cases since 1891, provided by the Findlaw project. In addition, the "cases" link allows users to access a current listing of cases on the docket this term, biographies and portraits of all 108 Justices, and current and breaking news concerning the Supreme Court.
This site provides in-depth coverage of the Supreme Court, both present and past. There is a good balance of research materials, cases, current news articles, feature stories, and historical overview. The site is very easy to navigate and all of the links take the user within the Web page, instead of having to search the Internet.

5. http://technologysource.org/article/jurist:_the_legal_education_network/
The Jurist: The Legal Education Network, launched at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, provides an online guide to the United States Supreme Court. Users can click onto the following categories to search for specific information on the Supreme Court: current calendar and schedule of oral arguments, cases from the current term, briefs, latest decisions from the Court, and past opinions from 1992-1999. The site also includes detailed information on the structure and history of the United States' highest court and biographies of each of the Justices since 1911. The search toolbar on the top of the page allows users to access the latest news concerning the Supreme Court.
This site is a comprehensive research tool for students. The categories serve as a useful guide to navigate the information available on the page. Students can follow links directly to sites on the Internet from this page without having to perform any further searches or input information into a search box.

6. www.supremecourtus.gov
The official Web site for the United States Supreme Court allows access to a variety of information on the Court using Adobe Acrobat Reader. The home page provides links within the site, including a calendar and schedule for the current term, cases currently on the docket (coming soon), and additional information about the Supreme Court and the Judiciary from related Web sites. The site also includes an overview of the Supreme Court where users can research topics ranging from the Court's procedures to biographies on the individual Justices.
This site provides a good overview of the Supreme Court and its functions. The layout of the information is a bit technical and confusing to work with at times, but it is thorough and easy to navigate. The links are labeled with descriptive headings and are directly within the site.

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