Quick start: use the complete subject index to the left or the tabbed alphabetical index above to find treatises on your topic.
Treatises--books on legal topics--are a good place to begin your research and save you time by providing explanation, analysis, and references to the most relevant primary sources.
Treatises range from single volume overviews to extensively detailed multi-volume sets. They may come in the form of bound books updated with pocket parts or looseleafs with easily replaced pages. Some treatises are intended for law students while others are meant for practicing lawyers.
If you need help finding a relevant treatise, this guide will provide you with some of the most useful titles in each subject. Where available, it is noted if the treatise is available on Lexis or Westlaw. Please keep in mind that this availability may change without notice.
Treatises are subject-specific secondary sources that provide overviews and citations in more depth than typical legal encyclopedias like AmJur and CJS. Thus, the best time to use them is when you are unfamiliar with an area of law and need to learn the basics or, because of their depth and range, you are looking for an answer to a nuanced question in some area of law and aren't sure where to start.
The library has access to numerous treatises electronically via our subscription databases. Current Vanderbilt Law Students, Staff & Faculty are able to access these resources with their network ID & password. See a reference librarian for additional details.
If you are unfamiliar with accessing sources in Lexis Advance or would like a refresher in doing so, please visit this brief guide.
If you are unfamiliar with accessing sources in Westlaw or would like a refresher in doing so, please visit this brief guide .
If you are unfamiliar with accessing sources in Bloomberg Law or would like a refresher in doing so, please visit this brief guide .
If you are unfamiliar with accessing sources in HeinOnline or would like a refresher in doing so, please review these HeinOnline Tutorials .
This guide was created jointly by the Vanderbilt Law Librarians. Content adapted with permission from several sources