Intro.1.2.1 What Is Included and Sourced in the Constitution Annotated: Overview

One key aspect of the methodology for the Constitution Annotated is its criteria for determining what source materials are to be considered in drafting its annotations. Lacking such criteria, the Constitution Annotated would risk being inconsistent in its treatment of particular topics, thereby undermining its overall goal of providing objective, comprehensive, coherent, accessible, and authoritative information about how the Constitution has been construed. The following essays explain the overarching rules for determining when to incorporate particular types of sources within the Constitution Annotated.