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New York Civil Practice: Selected Resources: Reference Materials

This guide is designed to aid practitioners and law students in researching New York civil practice.


In a law library catalog, dictionaries can be found by conducting a subject search for "dictionaries."  This can be narrowed to identify law dictionaries, medical dictionaries, etc., by adding these terms to your search (i.e., law dictionaries as your subject search).

Online Legal Dictionaries

Legal Encyclopedias

Legal encyclopedias are good starting points for the novice researcher or a researcher unfamiliar with an area of law, because they succinctly discuss and analyze legal doctrine, and cite to controlling statutes and/or leading cases. Legal encyclopedias give a researcher a broad overview of an area of law and familiarize him/her with that area's "terms of art."