The city of Baltimore is an independent political and geographic subdivision. It is an incorporated city with both a city charter and a home rule charter. Baltimore was first incorporated in 1796 as a municipality within the boundaries of Baltimore County. It became an independent unit in 1851 and under the Constitution of 1867, only the General Assembly is authorized to make structural changes.
Gathering information for research topics dealing with Baltimore City is not an easy thing. A researcher must look in both legal and general sources to find the answers. This Guide is an introduction to the information sources for Baltimore City. Many of the sources listed are available online but some are still to be found in print editions. There are five topical page tabs and each tab directs you to information sources in both print and online.
Unless you are already familiar with a topic, it's best to start with introductory sources and then go on to more focused works - moving from secondary to primary resources.
A good place to start Baltimore City research is with newspaper articles. The Baltimore Sun and The Daily Record are both excellent starting points. They contain pertinent articles on legislation, development projects and city government. Both The Baltimore Sun and The Daily Record are available via the TMLL web page. A UMid is necessary for off-campus access.
Law reviews published by the two Maryland law schools often contain articles with local interest. The Maryland Law Review and the University of Baltimore Law Review are both indexed in HeinOnline. Both titles are also available on the web pages of their respective law schools.
Articles published in non-law journals are indexed with full-text in the JStor database. Your can also search the Discovery Service for books and articles on Baltimore City topics.
Search Library Catalog for Books and Articles
Baltimore City materials are located in the KFM 1799.B5 call number on Level 2 of the Library. When searching in the Discovery Service or one of the databases to which the library subscribes, be sure to include the words Baltimore and Maryland in your search string. Here's a sample search:
Discovery Service @ UM Carey Law
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