PSCI 1111 — Constitutional Law — Russell

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Useful General Search Terms

Some useful search terms to use in the library catalog (ACORN) include:

  • Constitutional law -- United States
  • Constitutional law -- United States -- Cases
  • Constitutional history -- United States
  • Civil rights -- United States
  • United States -- Politics and government
  • United States -- Constitution
  • United States -- Supreme Court
  • Political questions and judicial power -- United States 

These are just a few examples. When you are searching, look for the word "Subjects" in the entry details and you will find other examples of good subject searches. See the diagram below for a visual of how the subjects range from narrower to broader in the library catalog.

Constitutional Source Material