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Secondary Sources: Legal Encyclopedias, A.L.R.'s, Treatises, Restatements, Topical Services, Periodicals, and Everything Else

What are Treatises?

  • They are ususally written by an expert(s) in the field;
  • They are more authoritative than an encyclopedia;
  • Format: Print and electronic; single volume and multi-volume sets.

How to Find Good Legal Treatises by Subject?

When do I use Treatises?

  • When you need to do in-depth research in a particular area of law;
  • When you need persuasive authority -- respected treatises often are cited by courts.

Some Examples