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Constitutional Law Collection

A&M-Texarkana’s John F. Moss Library Unveils Constitutional Law Collection

TEXARKANA, Texas – In celebration of Law Day on May 1st, Texas A&M University-Texarkana announces that it has compiled a 506 title United States constitutional law collection in the university’s John F. Moss library.

A&M-Texarkana’s constitutional law collection includes works by leading legal and theory scholars, including Bruce Ackerman, Akhil Reed Amar, Alexander Bickel, John Hart Ely, Cass Sunstein, Laurence Tribe, and Mark Tushnet. The majority of these books are in the John F. Moss Library’s main collection on the fourth floor of the University Center building.

Political Science Professor Gary Bugh worked closely with Library Assistant Director Ginger Mann, Acquisitions Assistant Kendra Harrell, and Reference Librarian Neisha Federick to build the collection over the past two years. The collection consists of 449 titles on shelves and another 57 titles available electronically.

EAGLIT, the library’s online catalog, and SWOOP, an electronic discovery system, provide access to these books as well as thousands of additional constitutional law resources through the library’s subscriptions to various multi-discipline electronic databases. Additionally, Professor Bugh developed a “Finding Aid” and an online list of the collection, available online at libguides.tamut.edu/poliscience.

The Finding Aid suggests additional journal articles and books, many of which come with links to complete versions of the texts online. While a Finding Aid is never complete and always evolving, Professor Bugh said it could “give students a roadmap of different constitutional law areas that can help with their research.”

A&M-Texarkana’s Political Science department regularly offers constitutional law classes and helps interested students prepare for law and graduate school. “This extensive constitutional law and theory collection will be one more resource available to help our students write excellent research papers and get into the graduate schools of their choice,” says Bugh.

The John F. Moss Library is on the third and fourth floors of the University Center building. The library is a spacious, modern facility with large windows overlooking the campus and lake. It has been designed to provide students, faculty, and visitors with a variety of standard spaces to appeal to individual preferences and needs including casual seating, comfortable lounge areas, study nooks, and both group and own study tables. The library is available to students, faculty, and staff of both Texas A&M-Texarkana and Texarkana College. The public may use the facility as well, through the JFM Friends of the Library program, which provides access to the library through an annual application and a $25 fee.