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Finding Books -- Politics 340
American Supreme Court and Constitutional Law

FINDING BOOKS IN W&L LIBRARIES

Annie, the W&L library catalog, lists nearly all the books (and other materials) in Leyburn Library, the Law Library, and other libraries on the W&L campus.

The preferred method for searching Annie probably is "keywords" -- the Keyword option on Annie's menu -- which allows you to combine terms and/or to search for various forms of a term.
You can search for various forms of a word by placing one or more asterisks at the end of a term. (See this guide.)
Some sample Keyword searches:

  • constitution* AND campaign*   (combination of two terms, with results here)
  • "campaign finance reform*"   (phrase, with results here)
  • (election* OR voting) AND (gender OR sex**)   (synonymous terms, with results here)

FINDING BOOKS OUTSIDE W&L

There are two basic methods of searching for books outside the W&L library system:

  • searching individual institutions' catalogs;
  • using the commercial WorldCat system to search hundreds of library catalogs simultaneously.

Both these approaches are available through our Library Catalogs Web page.

Remember -- many books not available at W&L may be borrowed from other libraries through interlibrary loan.

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