Research Guide: Death Penalty

Background Information

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  • America's Death Penalty: Between Past and Present
  • HV 8699. U 5 A 745 2011
  • Bitter Fruit of American Justice : International and Domestic Resistance to the Death Penalty
  • KF 9227. C 2 C 55 2007
  • Capital Punishment on Trial: Furman v. Georgia and the Death Penalty in Modern America
  • KF 9227. C 2 O 82 2010
  • Death Penalty : Debating the Moral, Legal, and Political Issues
  • KF 9227. C 2 D 41175 2011
  • Encyclopedia of American Crime
  • REF HV 6789. S54 2001
  • Encyclopedia of Capital Punishment in the United States
  • REF HV 8694. P 35 2008
  • Future of America's Death Penalty: An Agenda for the Next Generation of Capital Punishment Research
  • KF 9227. C 2 F 883 2009
  • Murder and its Consequences: Essays on Capital Punishment in America
  • KF 9227. C 2 B 54 2010
  • Oxford Companion to American Law
  • REF KF 154. O 96 2002
  • Ultimate Sanction: Understanding the Death Penalty Through its Many Voices and Many Sides
  • HV 8699. U 5 B 64 2010
  • Wrongful Capital Convictions and the Legitimacy of the Death Penalty
  • HV 8699. U 6 M 55 2006

Journal Articles

Academic Search Premier

This database can be used to locate articles on a wide variety of topics including criminal and juvenile justice, legal debates, and more. It can be used to locate arguments for and against capital punishment.


JSTOR is a journal archive and contains older articles on law and criminal justice. This is a great source for researching the death penalty from a historical perspective.

Legal Collection

This database can be used to locate high-quality legal research directly from legal reviews and trade publications. The articles in this database discuss current and past law, important cases, criminal justice, and much more.

LexisNexis Academic

This database contains not only legal articles, but also state and federal legal codes and court case decisions. Court decisions are annotated to show if they are valid or were later overturned.

Web Resources

Death Penalty: Issues and Groups

This excellent guide from the Vanderbilt University Library contains links to groups that argue for and against the death penalty, as well as relevant policy pages.

Death Penalty Information Center

This non-profit organization reports news related to the death penalty from across the United States.

Free Internet Legal Research Sources and Resources

Created by the William Mitchell College of Law Library, this list of legal research resources contains links to legal associations, legal codes, legal news, and more. Browse by jurisdiction, topic, or resource type or search.

Legal Information Institute: Death Penalty

Created by Cornell's law school, the LII is a great source of information about the American legal system, from the Constitution to State Laws. This link takes you to their death penalty site.

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