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Last Updated: Feb 24, 2022     Views: 144

Legal encyclopedias provide general information on a legal topic. They are arranged alphabetically by subject and have extensive indexes. When researching a legal topic, begin with the most specific terms possible.

National legal encyclopedias are helpful places to begin looking at a topic, before delving into jurisdiction-specific research. There are two main national legal encyclopedias, both available to the public:

Am. Jur. [1st Edition] is also available. (ANNEX KF154 .A4) 

Not every state produces legal encyclopedias, but they are useful for learning about legal topics in a particular state. 

The library has several Michigan-specific legal encyclopedias.

The Library also has legal encyclopedias for other states, which can be found with material for their respective states in Smith. To determine which encyclopedias are available in the Law Library collection, perform an advanced search of the MLaw Catalog, and include the Subject term "Encyclopedias."

If you are looking for a legal encyclopedia online, check out the Oxford Reference Library: Law database. This e-resource is a fully indexed, cross-searchable database of dictionaries, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press on the subject of Law. 

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