This guide is designed to help you find treatises in over 40 subject areas. Each subject guide will direct you to recommended treatises on a topic. The description of each treatise includes information about the author, publisher, dates of coverage, location within the library and links to the library catalog or to the corresponding database. The guide includes treatises available in print as well as treatises that are available electronically through several of our subscription databases including Lexis, Westlaw and BNA.
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; in other words, treatises are a great way to avoid researching case law or statutes without direction.
The library has access to numerous treatises electronically via our subscription databases. Current JMLS Students, Staff & Faculty are able to access these resources with their network ID & password.
Chicago Bar Association Members and JMLS Alumni are able to access some of our electronic resources including the BNA Library and Westlaw while visiting the JMLS Library. See a reference librarian for additional details.
Need more help? Reference librarians are available to meet with JMLS students in one-on-one sessions (or in small groups) to discuss research strategies, recommend relevant resources or review specific topics of legal research.
Fill out a request form and a librarian will get back to you to set up an appointment. We ask that you request your appointment at least 2 days in advance, but remember that you can always stop by the reference desk for immediate help with a quick research question.