Characteristics of Legal Publications

Fundamentals of Procedural Law

Adam J. McKee, Ph.D.


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The process of legal research is similar to non-legal research in several ways.  Most legal materials, for example, have an extensive table of contents and index.  (Case reporters are an important exception to this general rule). As you would expect, the table of contents is an outline of the material contained in that particular book, and the index is a subject list with corresponding page numbers.  Legal materials often contain several tables that are useful to the researcher, such as a table of abbreviations, a table of cases, and a table of statutes.

A major difference between law books and other types of books is the presence of pocket parts in many law books.  Pocket parts are supplemental updates that inform the reader of recent changes in the law. Law books that have pocket parts will have a special “pocket” built into the inside of the cover to contain these supplements.  This means that researchers utilizing print resources will need to check the back of the book for pocket parts and examine those supplements for any changes in the law concerning the topic being researched.

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