Educational Law

About This Guide

This guide presents the resources the education librarian considers to be the most important academic databases to search, the leading journals to follow, and so forth. You’ll also find some tips to help you evaluate sources, organize your work, and accomplish your literature review.

If you are new to this topic, you may want to begin by finding background information through an encyclopedia such as Wikipedia or Britannica Online, though in most cases it is not appropriate to cite these in a college-level paper. Anyone can contribute content in Wikipedia – so watch out for biased viewpoints, incomplete or simply incorrect material.

Databases

Use these databases to discover articles, books, and other literature on your topic. Note that if you come across a citation without full text attached, do not assume the library has no access. Learn this nearly foolproof way to Get the Full Text of an Article.

Two largest:

BU Libraries Search
Our Search represents by far the most comprehensive grouping of resources we’ve ever been able to provide. You can find extensive search tips on our site, build an eShelf, and export citations to RefWorks.

Google Scholar
Off-campus users need to set two “Scholar Preferences” to take advantage of library subscriptions: type “Boston University” in Library Links and also choose RefWorks next to Bibliography Manager.

Other important databases:

Education full text (H.W. Wilson)
ERIC Education Resources Information Center.
LexisNexis academic

Journals

The best way to discover articles is to search databases (try Search) – you will be searching millions of records at once. But following journal literature periodically is still a very important aspect of scholarship. Depending on the provider, you may be able to set up Table of Contents alerts, save personalized searches, or even contribute to the editorial process.

Find each title below through our Search. The following journals are leading in this field.

Brigham Young University Education and Law Journal
International Journal for Education Law and Policy

Public School Law

Discovering our print books and eBooks can be done through Search. Additionally, for more comprehensive literature reviews I suggest going beyond what BU already owns by using WorldCat. Current members of the BU community can borrow books that we don’t own through our interlibrary loan or BU WorldCat Local services. Other important book tools include the Internet Archive, Google Books, and of course Amazon.com.

Subject Headings

  • Discrimination in Education — Law and Legislation — United States
  • Education and State — United States
  • Educational Law and Legislation
  • Educational Law and Legislation — United States
  • Students — Legal Status, Laws, etc. — United States

Selected List of Titles

American Public School Law

Education Reference KF4119 .A758 2012

Democratic Dilemma of American Education : Out of Many, One?

Mugar LC89 .S495 2012

Detroit School Busing Case : Milliken V. Bradley and the Controversy over Desegregation

Law Annex KF228 .M55 B38  2011

Education Governance for the Twenty-First Century : Overcoming the Structural Barriers to School Reform

Mugar LC89 .E257 2013

An Education in Politics : The Origins and Evolution of No Child Left Behind

Mugar LC89 .R47 2012

Education Law
Education Law: An Overview (Cornell Law School)
Education Law: First Amendment, Due Process and Discrimination Litigation

Law Annex KF4118 .S36 2004 + current supplements

Encyclopedia of Education Law

Education Reference KF4117 .E53 2008

Five Miles Away, A World Apart : One City, Two Schools, and the Story of Educational Opportunity in Modern America

Law Annex KF4155 .R93 2010

Mismatch : How Affirmative Action Hurts Students it’s Intended to Help , and Why Universities Won’t Admit It

Mugar LC213.52 .S26 2012

More than a Lawyer : Robert Chanin, The National Education Association,  and the Fight for Public Education, Employee Rights, and Social Justice

Law Annex KF373 .C3884 E39 2010

Practical Education Law for the Twenty-First Century

Law Annex KF4119 .D63 2010

School Law in Massachusetts

Law Reserve KFM2790 .S36 2003 + current supplements

Student First Amendment Speech and Expression Rights : Armbands to Bong Hits

Law Annex KF229.M67 F67 2010

Thinking Like a Lawyer : An Educator’s Guide to Legal Analysis and Research

Law Annex KF283 .R43 2011

Yearbook of Education Law

Education Reference KF4102.5 .Y4 (2000-2012+)

U.S. Code Title 20

Non-Public School Law

Discovering our print books and eBooks can be done through Search. Additionally, for more comprehensive literature reviews I suggest going beyond what BU already owns by using WorldCat. Current members of the BU community can borrow books that we don’t own through our interlibrary borrowing services. Other important book tools include the Internet Archive, Google Books, and of course Amazon.com.

Subject Headings

  • Home Schooling — United States
  • Home Schooling — Law and Legislation — United States
  • Private Schools — Law and Legislation — United States

Selected List of Titles

Cross Purposes: Pierce V. Society of Sisters and the Struggle Over Compulsory Public Education

Law Annex KF228.S57 A27 2009

Homeschool: An American History

Mugar LC40 .G34 2008

Homeschool Legal Defense Association
The Law of Special Education and Non-Public Schools : Major Challenges in Meeting the Needs of Youth

Law Annex KF4220 .L39 2009

Parent Child Rights

Discovering our print books and eBooks can be done through Search. Additionally, for more comprehensive literature reviews I suggest going beyond what BU already owns by using WorldCat. Current members of the BU community can borrow books that we don’t own through our interlibrary loan or BU WorldCat Local services. Other important book tools include the Internet Archive, Google Books, and of course Amazon.com.

Subject Headings

  • Parent and Child (Law)
  • Parent and Child (Law) — United States

Selected List of Titles

Children and the Law : The Competing Rights, Privileges, and Interest of Children, Parents and the State : A Reader

Law Annex KF479 .B64 2010

Children’s Rights Under the Law

Law Annex KF479 .D375 2011

Inside the Castle : Law and the Family in 20th Century America

Law Annex KF505 .G765 2011

Legal Rights of Children

Law Annex KF479 .L444 2010

What is Parenthood? Contemporary Debates About the Family

Mugar KF540 .W43 2013

Religious Rights

Discovering our print books and eBooks can be done through Search. Additionally, for more comprehensive literature reviews I suggest going beyond what BU already owns by using WorldCat. Current members of the BU community can borrow books that we don’t own through our interlibrary loan or BU WorldCat Local services. Other important book tools include the Internet Archive, Google Books, and of course Amazon.com.

Subject Headings

  • Church and State — United States
  • Religion and State — United States
  • Religion in the Public Schools — United States
  • Religion in the Public Schools — Law and Legislation — United States

Selected List of Titles

The Bible, The School, and the Constitution : The Clash that Shaped the Modern Church-State Doctrine

Law Annex KF4162 .G74 2012

Church, State and Original Intent

Law Annex KF4865 .D728 2010

Church-State Debate : Religion, Education, and the Establishment Clause in Post War America

Law Annex BR516 .L66 2012

Constitution of Religious Freedom : God, Politics, and the First Amendment

Law Annex KF4783 .G654 2012

Religion-State Relations in the United States and Germany : The Quest for Neutrality

Law Annex BL2015 .S72 H38 2012

Religion, Education and the State : An Unprincipled Doctrine in Search of Moorings

Law Annex KF4162 .S77 2011

Juvenile Law

Discovering our print books and eBooks can be done through Search. Additionally, for more comprehensive literature reviews I suggest going beyond what BU already owns by using WorldCat. Current members of the BU community can borrow books that we don’t own through our interlibrary loan or BU WorldCat Local services. Other important book tools include the Internet Archive, Google Books, and of course Amazon.com.

Subject Headings

  • Juvenile Justice, Administration of
  • Juvenile Justice, Administration of — United States

    Selected List of Titles

    Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice
    Constitutional Rights of Children : In Re Gault and Juvenile Justice

    Law Annex KF228 .G377 T36 2011

    The Cycle of Juvenile Justice

    Mugar HV9065 .B47 2010

    Do the Crime, Do the Time : Juvenile Criminals and Adult Justice in the American Court System

    Law Annex KF9794 .C48 2012

    Justice for Kids : Keeping Kids out of the Juvenile Justice System

    Law Annex KF9779 .J87 2011

    Juvenile Justice : Advancing Research, Policy, and Practice

    Law Annex HV9104 .J864 2011

    Juvenile Justice Administration in a Nutshell

    Law Reserve KF9780 .F45 2009

    Kids, Cops, and Confessions : Inside the Interrogation Room

    Law Annex HV9104 .F443 2013

    Massachusetts Department of Youth Services
    National Criminal Justice Reference Service: Juvenile Justice
    Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics
    Understanding Juvenile Law

    Law Reserve KF9780 .G368 2009

    Federal Acts

    Websites