A Guide to Finding Government Information
Web version of this guide includes links to web resources.
Mix and match these terms in searching the library catalog, WestCat , or use them to search journal articles and law reviews via the library's Databases page. You can also use them to search government information sites listed on our Starting Points page - click the tab and pay particular attention to the Top Six.
- abortion clinics
- partial-birth abortion
- reproductive freedom
- reproductive rights
- Operation Rescue
- Roe v. Wade
- states' rights
An important source for many research topics is Congress. Congressional committees and subcommittees hold hearings on a wide variety of controversial and timely subjects. Simply add the word "hearing?" to a search string in WestCat .
- site:gov "partial-birth abortion"
- site:mil abortion
Federal Government Information
This hearing on a bill to make it illegal for a minor to cross state lines to receive an abortion discusses both the constitutionality of the bill and federal overreach as well as the effects of abortion on minor females.
Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003
This hearing offers testimony on H.R. 760 from proponents and opponents of partial-birth abortion. 2003
Y 4.J 89/1:108/14
Scope and Myths of Roe v. Wade
The bulk of this two-volume hearing (2307 pages) is comprised of affidavits, mostly from women who've had abortions; while only 70 pages are actual testimony of witnesses.
Y 4.J 89/1 109-84/v.1 & 2
This Center for Disease Control summary gives the number and characteristics of women who have obtained a legal induced abortion.
This hearing discusses the consequences of this controversial Supreme Court decision from both the pro-life and pro-choice perspectives.
Illinois Government Information
This Illinois Department of Public Health website has both past and present abortion numbers broken down by age group, county, and marital status.
Illinois Compiled Statutes
Roe v. Wade
Akron v. Akron Center for Reproductive Health (1983)
Thornburgh v. American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (1986)
Webster v. Reproductive Health Services (1989)
Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey (1992)
Bray v. Alexandria Clinic (1993)
Stenberg v. Carhart (2000)
What Roe v. Wade Should Have Said: the Nation’s Top Legal Experts Rewrite America’s Most Controversial Decision
Legal experts from both sides of this controversial issue were challenged to individually rewrite Roe v. Wade while restricting themselves to court precedents and laws in effect at the time the original decision was written.
LEGL REF. KF 228 .R59 W47 2005
This article describes, on a state-by-state basis, the laws currently on the books (in light of each state's post-Roe court opinions) that would immediately be enforceable upon a U.S. Supreme Court Decision overturning Roe v. Wade.
Issues in Law & Medicine, v. 27, p. 181 (2012) via LexisNexis
This article discusses the role technology has had, and potentially will have, in the evolution of abortion law and arguments on both sides of the issue.
University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, v. 14, p. 327 (2011) via LexisNexis
"Regulating Abortion Through Direct Democracy: the Liberty of All Versus the Moral Code of a Majority"
This article sets the stage by looking at the history of direct democracy in the United States and then discusses abortion-related state initiatives and referenda and their treatment by the courts.
Boston University Law Review, v. 91, p. 305 (2011) via LexisNexis
- Advertising and the Law
- Affirmative Action
- Alcohol and Related Problems on Campus
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Alternative Medicine
- Americans with Disabilities Act
- Animal Research and Humane Care
- Aviation Safety
- Capital Punishment
- Child Abuse
- Child Care
- Children and Television
- Citizenship & Immigration Services
- Confined Animal Feeding Operations
- Cuban Missile Crisis
- DNA Testing of Criminals
- Domestic Violence
- Drinking and Driving
- Drone Warfare
- Drug Legalization
- Drug Testing
- Earthquakes (Illinois)
- Eating Disorders
- Elder Abuse
- Elderly and Health Care
- Electronic Surveillance
- Endangered Species and Wildlife Conservation
- Financial Crisis
- Flag Desecration
- Global Warming
- Gulf War Illness
- Gun Control
- Hate Crimes
- Hazardous Waste Disposal
- Health Care Reform
- Home schooling
- Homosexuals in the Military
- Intellectual Property
- JFK Assassination
- Juvenile Justice
- Korean War
- Learning Disabilities
- Occupational Health and Safety
- Operation Desert Shield/Storm
- Police Misconduct
- Prison Reform
- POW and MIAs
- Problems of Adolescence
- Product Liability
- Reproductive Technology
- Same-Sex Marriage
- School Prayer
- School Violence
- Seat Belts
- Sexual Harrassment in Education
- Sexual Harrassment in the Workplace
- Sexual Orientation Discrimination
- Small Business
- Space Exploration
- Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
- Vietnam War
- Violence in Mass Media
- Welfare Reform
- Women in Business
- World War I
- World War II