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Bankruptcy Law Research: Secondary Sources

This guide provides links and descriptions to many of the resources related to bankruptcy law that are available, including print resources, subscription databases and free internet sources.


Bankrtupcy Law materials are generally found in the call number range KF1501-KF1548.

Related Subject Headings include:

Bankruptcy -- United States

Bankruptcy -- Taxation -- United States

Conflict of laws -- Bankruptcy

Scholarly and Bar Journal Articles

When researching a recent trend or new development in the law, a law review or bar journal article may be helpful.  These articles tend to focus on singular issues and provide detailed analysis regarding specific issues, especially new developments, rather than provide a broad overview of a topic. 


The leading secondary sources on bankruptcy are arranged by code section.

  • Collier on Bankruptcy (Lawrence P. King ed., 16th ed. 2009-date) 10th floor KF1524 .C69 2009, available in Lexis
  • West Bankruptcy Service provides the text of the Code and Federal Rules; pertinent legislative history; analysis of each Code section and Rule, including practice pointers, research references and a considerable digest of court decisions organized by Code section and Rule, available in Westlaw
  • Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice (William L. Norton, Jr. ed., 3d ed. 2008-date) 10th floor KF1524 .N67 2008 , available in Westlaw

Other bankruptcy treatises are arranged by topic:

  • Robert E. Ginsberg & Robert D. Martin, Ginsberg and Martin on Bankruptcy (5th ed. 2008-2011) 10th floor KF1524 .G44 2008 available in Westlaw
  • Henry J. Sommer, Consumer Bankruptcy Law and Practice (9th ed. 2009-date) 10th floor  KF1529 .S65 2009


Other Practice Guides

Bankruptcy Deadline Checklist: An Easy-to-use Reference Guide for Case Management and Administration by Norman L. Pernick, American Bar Association -10th floor KF1524.6 .P47 2009 and available via Bloomberg Law

American Bankruptcy Institute, Bankruptcy Litigation Manual: What Civil Litigators Need To Know, available via Bloomberg Law

Practising Law Institute Bankruptcy Deskbook - designed as a primary source of bankruptcy information for the practitioner who is not a specialist in the field, available via Bloomberg Law

Bankruptcy Practice for the General Practitioner, W. Homer Drake, Jr -  10th floor KF1524 .D72 (last updated in print 2008) and available via Westlaw

Bankruptcy Law Manual, Dreher, Feeney and Stepan - 10th floor KF1524 .W387 2002+ (last updated in print 2008) and available via Westlaw

IICLE Consumer Bankruptcy Practice, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education - 6th floor KF1527 .C657 2011 and IICLE Smartbooks

IICLE Business Bankruptcy Practice, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education - 6th floor  KFI1422.B8 B87 2011 and IICLE Smartbooks

IICLE Creditors' Rights, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education - 6th floor  KFI1367.C6 C7 2009 and IICLE Smartbooks