What are Legal Encyclopedias?
A legal encyclopedia is a multivolume text with short articles on different legal topics. In general, a legal encyclopedia is arranged similarly to a general encyclopedia you may have used before. It is organized alphabetically by topic and entries include reference to other secondary sources and/or primary authority.
Why use a Legal Encyclopedia?
Legal Encyclopedias are a great starting place when you want an introduction and general overview on a specific legal topic. In addition, legal encyclopedia entries provide citations to other useful secondary sources, as well as primary authority.
Types of Legal Encyclopedias
There are 3 main types of legal encylcopedias.