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"The United States Supreme Court consists of the Chief Justice of the United States and eight associate justices. At its discretion, and within certain guidelines established by Congress, the Supreme Court each year hears a limited number of the cases it is asked to decide. Those cases may begin in the federal or state courts, and they usually involve important questions about the Constitution or federal law."
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Supreme Court
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Justices: Biographical Information

The Supreme Court Justices: Illustrated Biographies 1789-1995
Drexel Library Bookshelves (2nd fl.) KF8744 .S86 1995
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This volume contains several page biographies on all justices of the Supreme Court from 1789-1995. The bibliographical section at the end lists sources for locating information on specific justices.

The Justices of the United States Supreme Court, 1789-1969: Their Lives and Major Opinions
Drexel Library Reference (1st fl.)  KF8744.F75
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This 4 volume set contains brief biographical narratives on all the justices from 1789-1969. In addition, representative opinions by each court member may be found with an introduction and text from the decision.

The Collected Works of Justice Holmes: Complete Public Writings and Selected Judicial Opinions of Oliver Wendell Holmes
Drexel LibraryBookshelves (2nd fl.) KF213.H6 N68 1995 3 Vols.
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Volumes provide a brief biography, non judicial works(poems, letters, and articles), and selected judicial opinions by Justice Holmes.

The Oyez Project
"a multimedia archive devoted to the Supreme Court of the United States and its work. It aims to be a complete and authoritative source for all audio recorded in the Court since the installation of a recording system in October 1955. The Project also provides authoritative information on all justices and offers a virtual reality 'tour' of portions of the Supreme Court building, including the chambers of some of the justices."
from: About the Oyez Project

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Reference Works

The Supreme Court and Individual Rights
Drexel Library Reference (1st fl.) KF4748 .W53 1997 
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An examination of the how Supreme Court decisions have shaped the evolution of individual rights in the United States over the past 200 years. Some topics include: the freedom of the press, the right to vote, racial equality, and search and seizure. The reference material section provides a brief glossary of legal terms.

The Supreme Court and the Powers of American Government
Drexel Library Bookshelves (2nd fl.) KF8742 .B55 1997
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This work investigates the relationships between the Supreme Court, the President, Congress, and the states and how they have developed throughout the nation's history. It reviews such subjects as fiscal and monetary powers, the presidential veto, and state sovereignty.

Abortion Law in the United States
Historic U.S. Court Cases : An Encyclopedia
Drexel Library Reference (1st fl.) KF3771.A936 1995 3 Vols.
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The volumes cover Roe V. Wade to the present, modern writings on abortion, and the historical development of abortion law.

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