LEGAL ENCYCLOPEDIAS. Tools to help identify and explain the law. When should you use a legal encyclopedia?. Great starting point! Gives an overview of an area of law. SECONDARY RESOURCE Legal Encyclopedias. Provide background information on an unfamiliar topic.
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Tools to help identify
and explain the law
Arranged alphabetically by subject.
Contain footnotes to cases on point.
State legal propositions and cite to authority.
Gives an non-analytical, basic, and objective, explanation of a topic.
Remember, it is SECONDARY authority.Features of a Legal Encyclopedia