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Communication 362: Theory and Practice of Argumentation and Debate/Olson: Cash Bail Resources


Helpful Keywords

Use keywords "cash bail," "bail bond," and "pretrial release," or even "monetary sanction" as a broad search.  Other terms can limit your search to criminal or civil cases, or to federal and state courts.  Most criminal cases are heard in state courts.
  • DatabaseHeinOnline has law journal articles that are published by law professors and practicing attorneys;
    • Internal database: Law Journal Library - select this from the top left "All Databases" dropdown
    • Keyword: to find articles on the constitutionality of bail bonds, try:  <cash bail /s constitution*> to find articles that contain discuss cash bail in the same sentence as constitution/constitutional - this is called proximity searching.
  • Database: Academic Search Complete, in EBSCOhost, with Humanities International Complete and Literary Reference Center.
    • Internal database: Add the three databases within EBSCO by clicking "choose databases."
    • Keyword: try:  <"bail bond"> instead of <"cash bond"> to find hundreds of articles.  Try related searches in JSTOR, too.
  • Database: Search@UW
    • Pearl-building: Library catalog records include subject terms that help organize books and articles, they're like hashtags, controlled vocab that links related works together.  Here's a link to a book that was shared on the CQ Researcher article from class.  Scroll down to the subjects, and click on "Criminal Justice, Administration of -- social aspects -- United States."  You can get a sense of which book chapters might be helpful by scanning table of contents, as well.  Google Scholar is sometimes helpful with pearl-building, as well, but only insofar is it directs us to scholarly resources the library subscribes to (link your Google Scholar to your UWM credentials to save time!).