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Constitutional Law and History Research Guide

This guide covers sources that are useful for researching Constitutional Law and Constitutional history.

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Judicial Interpretation of the Constitution

There are various approaches to interpreting the U.S. Constitution, some of which are textualism, originalism, structuralism and contextualism. Since the literature regarding the various modes for interpretation is voluminous, a useful resource to consult is Shelley L. Dowling's The Jurisprudence of United States Constitutional Interpretation: An Annotated Bibliography (KF4546.A1 D69 2010). This comprehensive bibliography provides annotations to more than 900 document collections, treatises, textbooks, articles and electronic resources on the topic of constitutional interpretation. 

Constitutional Law for a Changing America. Rights, Liberties, and Justice KF4748 .E67
Examine the Supreme Court's interpretation of the basic liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights and subsequent amendments to the Constitution. Assesses recent rulings on affirmative action, privacy, and regulation of the Internet, war and terrorism, and the government's authority to restrict civil rights.

For an overview of the various approaches for constitutional interpretation consult Constitutional Interpretation: The Basic Questions, KF4550 .B373 2007, also availabile electronically and Constitutional Fate: Theory of the Constitution (KF4575 .B63 1982).

Use the following subject headings in the catalog to browse for additional sources:

Constitutional law -- United States -- Interpretation and construction
Constitutional law -- United States -- Interpretation and construction -- Bibliography
Constitutional law -- United States -- Interpretation and construction -- History
Law -- United States -- Interpretation and construction
Law -- United States -- Interpretation and construction -- History