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POLI 245: Courts, Judges and American Judicial Politics


Vassar Library Search is the best tool for finding books within our collections, as well as journals, database titles, government documents, and other materials useful to your research.

  1. Start with a keyword search, subject subject, or search by title, author or subject.
  2. Use the filters on the left side to filter by, 
    1. Availability: select Available Online or Physical Collections
    2. Resource Type: select Books or Book Chapters

Sample searches 

The majority (though not all) print books related to law and courts in the US can be found in the KF 1-9827 call number range, Main Library Rm. 69.

You will also find peer-reviewed articles, magazine and newspaper articles (and much more) in Library Search, making it a great place to start your research. 

Subject headings - controlled vocabulary that describe a topic and subtopic in a standardized, consistent way; located at the bottom of the catalog record. 

  • for exp. Courts -- United States;  Politics and government; Judicial Power 

Library of Congress (LC) subject heading classifications are most commonly used; article databases, such a JSTOR, may use their own subject headings.

If you are not seeing a specific title, or relevant resources, toggle the Expand My Results option to the right to add items beyond Vassar to your results. You will have to place an ILL for items not immediately available. See below for more resources for books beyond Vassar.

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