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Chapter 7—Secondary Authority . American Law Reports — A.L.R. A.L.R. Purpose and research role Annotation components Prefatory statement Table of contents. A.L.R. Components (cont.) Research references Article index Jurisdictional tables Scope and related annotations

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Chapter 7—Secondary Authority

American Law Reports—A.L.R.


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A.L.R.

  • Purpose and research role

  • Annotation components

    • Prefatory statement

    • Table of contents


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A.L.R.

  • Components (cont.)

    • Research references

    • Article index

    • Jurisdictional tables

    • Scope and related annotations

    • Summary and comment

    • Practice pointers

    • Substantive provisions


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A.L.R.

  • Research aids

    • Index to annotations

    • A.L.R. digest

    • Table of laws, rules, and regulations

    • Reference from other sources

    • Updates


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Chapter 7—Secondary Authority

West’s Key Number Digests


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West’s Digests

  • Purpose and research role

  • Organization by legal topics


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West’s Digests

  • Components

    • Descriptive word index

    • Table of cases

    • Words and phrases

    • Updates

    • Each topic includes: Subjects included and excluded, table of contents, case summaries


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West’s Digests

  • Types

    • American digest system

    • Digests of federal court opinions

    • Regional digests

    • State digests


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West’s Digests

  • Research aids

    • Case headnotes

    • Descriptive word index

    • Topic outline

    • Table of cases

    • Updates

    • Reference from other sources



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Legal Encyclopedias

  • Purpose and research role

  • Major encyclopedias

    • American Jurisprudence 2d

    • Corpus Juris Secundum


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Legal Encyclopedias

  • Features

    • General index

    • Topic summary

    • Updates

    • Tables


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Legal Encyclopedias

  • Research aids

    • General index

    • Table of contents

    • Table of cases

    • Table of statutes, rules, and regulations



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Treatises

  • Purpose and research role

  • Types

    • Single-volume text

    • Multivolume sets


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Treatises

  • Features

    • Narrative presentation

    • Index

    • Table of cases

    • Updates



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Purpose and research role

Types—case law, constitu-tions, statutes, court rules, regulations

Shepard’s Citators


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Shepard’s Citators

  • Format and components

    • Case law citators

      • Abbreviation and introductory material

      • Case location

      • Case history

      • Later case treatment

      • Secondary sources


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Shepard’s Citators

  • Format and components

    • Statutory law citators

      • Abbreviation and introductory material

      • Statutory location

      • Case treatment

      • Secondary sources


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Shepard’s Citators

  • Research steps

    • Select appropriate citator.

    • Locate and review research entry.

    • Update.


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