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Legal Encyclopedias

This lesson is about Legal Encyclopedias. As one of the main types of secondary resources for legal research, Legal Encyclopedias can be useful for a variety of basic legal research tasks. This lesson will give you an overview of legal encyclopedias, explain how they are used in legal research, and run through a couple of hypotheticals using legal encyclopedias. The lesson focuses on the two legal encyclopedias covering American Law in general, Corpus Juris Secundum (CJS) and American Jurisprudence 2d (AmJur 2d) and gives some examples of state legal encyclopedias.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the lesson, the student will be able to:

1. Recognize when one might want to use a legal encyclopedia in legal research.

2. Describe the features of the two major encyclopedias about American law in general, state legal encyclopedias, and on-line legal encyclopedias.

3. Use legal encyclopedias for legal research tasks.

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