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Political Science 418: Legal Research & Writing: Secondary: Books

Search Andersen Library Holdings in Research@UWW

Search Research@UWW's "Books, Media & more (UW Whitewater)" scope to find books, government documents, videos, etc. on your topic, or to find a specific title or author.

Most likely you should start with KEYWORD SEARCHES:

Put phrases in " " and use commands like AND, OR, NOT in uppercase and between search terms.

You can change "anywhere in the record" to "in subject" to find your search words in subject headings. However, if your search words only appear in the table of contents and not in the subject headings, you won't see some titles.

Keyword search results are arranged by relevance, but you can sort to change that, or use limiters on the left to limit results to a date range, collection, etc.

Some useful subject heading segments you can use as phrases in keyword searches:

"law and legislation"

"legal status"

"government policy"

"Trials, litigation, etc." <

Example searches:

gays AND "legal status"

disabilities AND "law and legislation"

"african americans" AND "trials litigation"

Click on a relevant title, and then examine the subject headings assigned to it by clicking "Details" on the left, You can click on subject headings to see other materials with the same subject headings.

If Details shows a link to Google Books, you may be able to click there to search for words or phrases within the text. This might give you an idea whether the book has useful information for your specific topic. For some out-of-copyright titles, the full text may be readable online. If no link is provided, you can go to and search for the title there.

Many government documents are available online. To open these or any ebooks in your search results, click "View It" and then on the link to full text.

If UWW's libraries do not have enough material, or titles you want are checked out from Andersen/Rock Libraries, you can use the free "UW Request" service to search all UW System libraries and request materials, which should arrive in 2-5 weekdays. Some materials may not be available, i.e., reference or course reserve items. See Borrow Materials from Other Libraries for more information and screenshots.


Some titles found through Research@UWW's "Books, Media & more (UW Whitewater)" scope are electronic books (ebooks), which means they can be read online. Here's an example:

The law of affirmative action twenty-five years of Supreme Court decisions on race and remedies

Click "View It" to get a link to the book's full text online.

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LC Call Numbers

The Library of Congress call numbers on most materials in the Library are intended to group materials by topics. Additional letters and number ranges further subdivide the topics.

K = Law

K Law in general. Comparative law. Jurisprudence.
KB Religious law in general. Comparative religious law. Jurisprudence.
KD United Kingdom and Ireland
KE Canada
    KFW2401-2999 Wisconsin
KG Latin America - Mexico and Central America - West Indies. Caribbean area
KH South America
KJ-KK Europe
KL-KW Asia, Africa, Australia, Pacific Area, Antarctica
KZ Law of nations