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PPLR Secondary Sources

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  • 1. Examples of secondary sources
  • 2.  Print resources • Alumni & members of the bar have check-out privileges  Electronic resources • Online databases available only through public access terminals  Except BloombergLaw, Lexis, Westlaw, and other databases that require an individual account to access
  • 3.  Comprehensive Practice Sets • Ex. Standard Pa Practice 2d  Comprehensive Form Books • Ex. Dunlap-Hanna Pa Forms  Concise Practice Manuals • Ex. Pa Civil Practice  Subject/Practice-specific Books • Ex. Pa Child Custody Law, Practice & Procedure
  • 4.  Search the catalog
  • 5. Click on the title
  • 6. determine if Harrisburg has a copy
  • 7.  For alumni  For bar members  Six books for three weeks
  • 8.  Goodrich Amram 2d: Organized by rule number  Standard Pa Practice 2d: Organized by subject  West’s Pa Practice: Organized by practice area
  • 9. CD table of contents
  • 10.  Dunlap-Hanna & Pa Transaction Guide are the Gold Standard! • Difficult index • Comprehensive coverage  West’s Pa Forms dated • Commentary helpful
  • 11. Client Determination Form
  • 12.  VERY concise explanation of a civil case. • Footnotes provide helpful rule, statute and case citation  PA Civil Practice: organized by trial procedural matter.  PA Civil Practice Handbook: organized by case type.
  • 13.  Pa Benchbook for Criminal Proceedings  Pa Trial Guide: Criminal  West’s Pa Practice Series: Pa Criminal Practice
  • 14.  PBI: The publishing arm of the Pa Bar Assoc.  Widener has standing order for most PBI publications.  PBI appears in publisher field of catalog search results.
  • 15.  Many practice areas have detailed treatises. • Often with updated supplements  Authored/edited by judges or attorneys in the field • Footnotes contain helpful case & statute citations
  • 16. Table of Contents Text/Supplement Secondary source leads to: commentary, opinions, and statute!
  • 17.  BNA Databases • Tax & other practice areas  HeinOnline • Law journals  Law Journal Press • Practitioner resources  LexisNexis Academic • Cases & Statutes  Loislaw • Cases & Statutes & practice resources  ProQuest Congressional • Fed. legis. history  SmartLitigator • Local Rules http://law.widener.edu/LawLibrary/Research/Databases.aspx