Comparative Constitutional Law

 ***THIS is an ARCHIVED guide. It may contain BROKEN links. Its value is HISTORICAL only.***

Current Research Guides 

Hyla Bondareff, Research Services Librarian and Lecturer in Law, Washington University School of Law Library.


This guide is written to assist students of Professor Cunningham's Comparative Constitutional Law seminar.  It is intended to serve as a starting point--it is not the end all, be all, for research in this area. The guide mainly covers U.S. and Indian constitutional law. It will, however, include some material for those researching constitutional law in other jurisdictions. For a more general guide on research, check out the Researching Your Scholarly Paper guide.  If you cannot find the information you seek, please come see me or another librarian for more assistance.

Note: Some of the links in this page will only work within Anheuser-Busch Hall.


The All India Reporter (British Collection (1st floor) KNS19.A2 1914 A4) contains Indian case law -- judgments of the Supreme Court and all the High Courts in India -- on Constitutional and Civil matters. It reports cases on State Laws and Central Legislation. has a keyword search option to search cases from 1999 to present. It was not working , however, when I last checked it. You need to register but it is free.  

Some Supreme Court opinions are also available via Supreme Court Online (

The Constitution of India ( online, sponsored by the India Parliament's web site, is browseable or searchable by keyword.

India Code Information System (INCODIS)
( contains the full-text of Central Acts of Parliament from 1834 on. Several search options are available. It is not a user-friendly site and if you find that one doesn't work, try another. You might need to use two search methods in conjunction with one another to get to the full-text.

Westlaw and Lexis do not have any Indian case or statutory law available. They do, however, have Indian news databases.  Both have India Today, a highly read magazine focusing on politics and current affairs. It  features strong local and international general and business news as well as cultural and entertainment coverage. India Business Insight contains abstracts from business newspapers and magazines.  Westlaw has a number of additional files.  To access them, go to the Westlaw homepage, then to the Directory, then International/Worldwide Materials, then India.

Affirmative Action in India (sites recommended by Professor Cunningham)

United States

Supreme Court Opinions are available online in a number of places. A major source is Cornell Legal Information Institute
1990-Present. For more options, as well as additional information about the Supreme Court please see the Supreme Court pathfinder.

The United States Constitution is also available online in a number of places. One source is 

The Constitution of the United States: Analysis and Interpretation (S. Doc. 103-6) is an indispensable reference, containing the text of the constitution, annotations to court cases interpreting the constitution, and useful features such as lists of laws held unconstitutional and unratified proposed amendments.

Should you need, here is a very brief reminder of where to find codified federal statutes. If you have a citation, it will be to either the United States Code (USC), the United States Code Annotated (USCA), or the United States Code Service (USCS). The United States Code is the official publication, the other two are commercial publications and are updated more frequently. All are available in the Reading Room. There are also numerous online sources for federal statutes. Westlaw, Lexis, Cornell's LII, Findlaw, US House of Representatives, and GPO Access.

If you want to research the legislative history of a statute, see the Brief Legislative History Research Guide or ask a Reference Librarian.

Other Jurisdictions

Constitutions of the Countries of the World (

Selected Bibliography 

Professor Cunningham's list of articles on India

K3157.A2 B54 Constitutions of the countries of the world : a series of updated texts, constitutional chronologies and annotated bibliographies / edited by A.P. Blaustein and G.H. Flanz

KNS85.2 .A56 Annual survey of Indian law. Library holds 1976 - current (which is 1996)


Books: Search Online Catalogs

Most if not all of the sources you will need are listed above. If, however, you need to find additional materials, use the following sources to find books or journal titles. You will

First check the Law Library and WU Hilltop Libraries' catalogs. For more materials, check the Missouri Research Libraries - Mobius. To look for materials available in other libraries, please use WorldCat. To obtain materials not available on campus or via Mobius, you will need to request the item via Interlibrary Loan. Please use the online form at /library/pages.aspx?id=1138). Please do not use the link in WorldCat for Interlibrary loan.

Catalog  Web Site Address 
Law Library 
WU Hilltop Libraries 
Missouri Research Libraries 
WorldCat (over 40 million items) 

Journal Articles

Search the databases below to find articles in law and non-law journals, papers and other sources. After locating relevant articles, check the online catalog for journal locations. Please note that searching these bibliographic databases will yield more comprehensive results than search full-text databases on Westlaw and/or Lexis. Please ask a reference librarian if you have any problems or just want help using the databases.

Source  Coverage  Description 
LegalTrac  1980-present Indexes articles from major academic law reviews, bar association journals, seven legal newspapers, and specialty journals the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.
Index to Legal Periodicals  1981-present Articles from legal journals, yearbooks, institutes, bar association organs, law reviews, and government publications originating in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Includes book reviews.
Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals  1985-present

International legal information index of articles as well as book reviews from more than 450 legal periodicals, including journals, essay collections, festschrifts, and congress reports.

PAIS International  1972-present Indexes articles, books, conference proceedings, government documents, book chapters, and statistical directories about public affairs.
Social Sciences Abstracts 1983-present (Indexing); 1994-present (Abstracting) Indexes international, English-language periodicals in sociology, anthropology, geography, economics, political science, and law. Feature articles, biographical sketches, interviews, obituaries, scholarly replies, and book reviews longer than one-half page; book reviews of government documents and letters to the editor are not included
Web of Science  1988-present "Shepard's" for non-law disciplines; includes Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Arts & Humanities Citation Index.

Government Publications

Most federal documents are housed in our Government Documents collection on Level 2 and are shelved by SuDoc number, which organizes the material by issuing agency. Please see a reference librarian if you have any problems finding the material.

Source  Coverage  Notes 

Marcive WebDocs

1976-present Indexes all federal documents distributed through Federal Depository Library Program.

Monthly Catalog of Government Publications
GP 3.8 [Gov't Docs Level 2]

1885-present Indexes all federal documents.

Cumulative Title Index to United States Public Documents.
GP 3.8/2 x:789-976 [Gov't Docs Level 2]

1789-1976 Title index to federal documents.
Congressional Universe 
1970-present Indexes Congressional publications (some available full-text). Only available in A-B Hall.

Congressional Indexes 1789-1972
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1789-1972 Indexes Congressional publications.