SCOTUS Online Tools: The Supreme Court Mapping Project

This is the second in a four part series highlighting Supreme Court online tools.  Each segment of this series will introduce a different online tool relating to the Supreme Court.

The second tool that will be highlighted is the Supreme Court Mapping Project.  This tool is a project run by the University of Baltimore School of Law and  “is an ongoing and collaborative research venture that uses original software technology to enhance teaching, learning, and scholarship about Supreme Court doctrine.” This tool can be conveniently accessed here.

Below is what the homepage looks like.

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This tool includes many useful features. Of note is the “Online Mapping Tool”, shown below, this tool allows users to create their own “network” of Supreme Court jurisprudence to see the relation between different cases and doctrines on a convenient timeline.

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The next tool included from the homepage is the “4th Amendment Atlas”, this tool provides a compilation of maps that trace various doctrines relating to the fourth amendment.  With this tool, there is no need to create a network, as that work has already been done for you.  See below for more details.

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The 2015 and 2014 Term cases provide network resources for cases decided during this period. Finally, this site provides access to various other pre-made networks and is a handy tool when researching specific topics or Supreme Court cases as it gives a holistic view and literally a map of the progress and connections across various dates, topics, and cases.

Author: Marin Dell

Texas Tech School of Law Library - Librarian, Attorney, Law Library Faculty, Adjunct Faculty, loves all things law, libraries and tech/Tech

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