The US Constitution Annotated

We the People logoBy Roberta Woods, Reference and Instructional Services Librarian.

Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute released an enhanced digital version of the “Constitution of the United States of America: Analysis and Interpretation,” often known more simply as the “Constitution Annotated” or “CONAN.”

Regularly prepared and updated by the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress, the “Constitution Annotated” provides Congress and the public with analysis of thousands of Supreme Court cases interpreting the Constitution.

The contribution made by the Legal Information Institute – after a group of Cornell Computing and Information Science students developed software to convert the PDF into usable data – is to present this unwieldy 2,882-page document in a reader-friendly format that is clearly navigable.

Importantly, LII has interwoven the document with its many web pages for Supreme Court cases.

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