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Legal Resources: Legal Encyclopedias

Encyclopedias

American Jurisprudence (or AmJur) provides an unparalled breadth of coverage of all fields of American law—state and federal, civil and criminal, substantive and procedural. The articles collect, examine, and summarize the broad principles of American law and, at the same time, provide direct leads to supporting cases, related annotations, forms, proofs, and trial techniques. Alphabetically arranged in more than 400 topics or chapters.  As AmJur is available to paralegal students through Lexis and Westlaw, and to all others through the Campus Research database, available here, the print set is not current, it can be used to learn how the set works and for research that is not time specific. 

Illinois Law and Practice: This comprehensive encyclopedia, the ideal reference for quick questions and research covering a substantial scope, covers not only the major aspects of Illinois law, but also the more obscure and challenging topics. Authoritative entries are based on state statutes, cases, law review articles, state attorney general opinions, and national jurisprudence publications. You'll also find discussion and analysis of principles of law, exceptions, qualifications, limitations, extensions, and landmark and other significant cases.