Skip to Main Content

United States: legal resources: Constitutions

Finding the text of the US Constitution & US state constitutions

The  US Constitution is published for convenience in Vol. 1 of United States Code and in the “Constitution” volumes of United States Code Annotated.

Each state has its own constitution normally published (for convenience) in one of the volumes of the state code of laws. They can usually be found on one of the official websites of the state government.   

Citation of US Legislation

Some Dates & Terms

Articles of Confederation (written 1777, ratified 1781)

Constitution of the United States was written in 1787, ratified in 1788, and put into effect in 1789. 

First ten Amendments (1791) are known collectively as the Bill of Rights.  

Charters of Freedom collective name for the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights

If your research interests overlap with the history of the US Constitution SOLO will reveal that the Bodleian History Faculty, the Vere Harmsworth and the Social Science Library will support your studies

Related Commentary

The Constitution and the Supreme Court