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SOCI 3925: Advanced Topics in Law and Society

Prof. Debbie Becher, Fall 2019

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Library catalogs

Catalog search tips

  • If you know exactly what book (journal, video, etc.) you are looking for, you can search by Title, Author, ISBN, etc.
  • To find items about a specific topic, first try a keyword search in All Fields.
    • Use "quotation marks" to search for an exact phrase: "eminent domain" 
    • Use * for truncation (to find variant spellings and endings of a word): wom*n will find woman, women, womyn, womxn, etc.; activis* will find activist, activists, activism, etc.
    • For more complex search, use AND and OR:
      • AND finds records which have all the search terms you entered.
      • OR finds records which have one of the search terms you entered, as well as records which have more than one of the terms. OR finds MORE.
    • ​Use parentheses to group terms:  (wom*n OR gender) AND "public defender" 
  • Subject headings: If you find a book that's relevant, look at its subject headings in CLIO and click through to find more related works.
    • Look for subheadings that indicate sociological content:
      • topics/institutions - “sociological aspects”
      • places (countries, cities, etc.) and groups of people/communities - “social conditions”
      • effect of item, activity, discipline, etc. on society - “social aspects”

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