Whether you're studying a new subject this semester or have a job or internship expecting you to work with an unfamiliar area of law, there is often nothing more helpful than a good treatise on the subject. Legal treatises present an organized, detailed explanation of a specific area of the law (such as torts, immigration law, or evidence), generally written by an expert or authority in the field.
To find reliable and outstanding treatises on many legal subjects, try these tools:
- Recommended Legal Treatises: Key Treatises by Subject Area - a Hofstra Law Library research guide listing selected treatises by subject, with a direct link to the library catalog record for each treatise and information about its location and whether it can be found on Lexis, Westlaw, or other online database. Printed copies of this guide can be found in the handout rack next to the Law Library Reference Desk.
- Georgetown Law Library Treatise Finders - a guide to authoritative and practical treatises on over sixty general and more specialized subjects, with online availability indicated.
If you have questions about treatises or need some help finding a good one, just ask one of the reference librarians.
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