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TREATISES AND SERVICES BY SUBJECT adapted for the UIC law library from PRINCIPLES OF LEGAL RESEARCH by Kent C. Olson (West, 2009)


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 Bloomberg Law.

Using Treatises

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.

Electronic Resources

The library has access to numerous treatises electronically via our subscription databases. Current UIC law students, staff, and faculty are able to access these resources with their NetID & password.

Illinois attorneys with current ARDC cards and UIC law/JMLS alumni are able to access some of our electronic resources including Westlaw while visiting the UIC law library. See a reference librarian for additional details.

Request a Research Appointment

Need more help? Reference librarians are available to meet with students in one-on-one sessions (or in small groups) to discuss research strategies, recommend relevant resources or review specific topics of legal research. 

Contact with the subject you're researching and when you would like to meet. A librarian will get back to you to set up an appointment. You can also schedule an appointment on the library homepage by clicking "Schedule an Online Research 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.