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Definitions and pronunciations of legal words. Citations to cases which have defined the term are included. Many of the standard legal dictionaries such as Bouvier's and Ballentine's are no longer kept up to date.
Set of books with essays on all topics of the law organized alphabetically. Encyclopedias should be used as an introduction to the area of the law, not as a final authority.
How to Use the Encyclopedias
Legal periodicals analyze and describe the law. There are five types of legal periodicals:
Finding Articles in Legal Periodicals
American Law Reports consist of two parts. Cases are selectively reported. The publisher chooses cases on emerging trends in the law or on points of law which have not been resolved. Annotations (memoranda or essays) follow each of the cases and analyze the point of law that is dealt with in the case.
Finding A.L.R. Annotations
Produced by the American Law Institute, the purpose is to present a clear and precise statement of the common law, including prediction as well as restatement.
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