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Location Guide - Resources by Type

This selected guide to some of the UW Law Library's most heavily used materials is organized by type of resource. 

Dictionaries, Glossaries and Thesauri

Dictionaries, English Language

  • Wooden stand near entrance to Grand Reading Room, 5th Floor West
  • Wooden stand along the south wall of the Quarles & Brady Reading Room, 5th Floor East
  • Law Library Reference Collection in call numbers beginning with PE
  • Law Library Reserve Collection, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary PE1628 M36 2003

Dictionaries, Legal

  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary, Reference & Reserve Collections KF/156/B3/1969

  • Black's Law Dictionary, Wooden stand near entrance to Grand Reading Room and Reference & Reserve Collections KF/156/B53/1999

    • A Dictionary of Law,  Reference Collection KD/313/C66/2006

    • Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage, Reference Collection KF/156/G367/1995 and Lawyer's Reference Shelf

    • Dictionary of Legal Terms: A Simplified Guide to the Language of Law, Reference Collection KF/156/G52/1998

    • Nolo's Free Dictionary of Law Terms and Legal Definitions

    • Words & Phrases, Reference Collection KF/156/W67

    Thesauri

    • Burton's Legal Thesaurus,Reference Collection KF/156/B856/1998

    • West's Legal Thesaurus / Dictionary, Reference & Reserve Collections KF/156/S72/1985

    Encyclopedias

    • American Jurisprudence 2d, Reference Collection KF/154/A47
    • Corpus Juris Secundum (C.J.S), Reference Collection KF/154/C57

    Treatises

    Most treatises or scholarly books are classified under the Library of Congress classification system.  Many of the more popular and well-respected treatises are located in the Law Library Reserve Collection shelved behind the Circulation Desk.  Most other treatises are shelved in the second and third floor stacks.  To search for treatises and other materials owned by the UW-Madison Libraries use the Library Catalog.

    Legal Periodicals

    Legal Periodicals are shelved alphabetically by title on 3rd Floor South and 3rd Floor East, beginning in the South stacks.

    Legal Periodical Indexes

    • Current Law Index, Print (1981-2007), Fifth Floor West, Index Table

    • Hein Online, (first volume to most current allowed under contract), Law Library Web Site

    • Index to Legal Periodicals, Print (1886-2012), Fifth Floor West, Index Table

    • Index to Legal Periodicals, Electronic (1908-present), Law Library Web Site

    American Law Reports (A.L.R.)

    • American Law Reports (ALR) 1st - 6th, Reference Collection KF/132/A52 to KF/132/A56

    • American Law Reports Federal [1st] - 2d, Reference Collection KF/132/A47 to KF/132/A472

    Restatements

    • Restatements of the Law -- Current, Reference & Reserve Collections KF/395...

    • Restatements of the Law -- Older, 3rd Floor South - KF/395...

    Case Law

    Federal Courts

    • U.S. Reports, 5th Floor East, stacks 7-12

    • Supreme Court Reporter (West),  5th Floor East, stacks 12-14

    • US Supreme Court Reports (Law. Ed.), 5th Floor East, stacks 15-19

    • Federal Reporter, 5th Floor East, stacks 32-44

    • Federal Supplement, 4th Floor East stacks 5-6, Federal Supplement 2d, 5th Floor East, stacks 44-56

    • Federal Rules Decisions, 4th Floor East, stack 1

    • US Law Week (BNA), Reference Collection KF/101/U55 (print discontinued after Aug. 2008) and Bloomberg BNA

    State Courts

    • West's Regional Reporters, 5th Floor West, stacks 1-8 (2nd & 3rd series) and 4th Floor East, stacks 8-13 (1st series).  NOTE: the set of North Western Reporters on 4th Floor East, stacks 9-10 is a complete set
      • Atlantic Reporter (CT, DE, DC, MA, MD, NH, NJ, PA, RI, VT)

      • North Eastern Reporter (IL, IN, MA, NY, OH)

      • North Western Reporter (IA, MI, MN, NB, ND, SD, WI)

      • Pacific Reporter (AL, AR, CA, CO, HI, ID, KS, MT, NE, NM, OK, OR, UT, WA)

      • South Eastern Reporter (GA, NC, SC, VA, WV)

      • South Western Reporter (AR, KT, MO, TN, TX)

      • Southern Reporter (AL, FL, LA, MS)

    • State Court Reports, 2nd Floor South & 2nd Floor East (shelved alphabetically by state)

    • Wisconsin Reports (Callaghan's), Reference Collection KFW/2445/A2, and 2nd Floor East, stack 22

    Digests

    Federal

    • US Supreme Court Digest (West), 5th Floor East, stack 15

    • US Supreme Court Digest (Law. Ed.),  5th Floor East, stacks 19-20

    • Federal Digest, 4th Floor East, stack 2

    • Modern Federal Practice Digest, 4th Floor East, stack 2

    • Federal Practice Digests 2d-4th, 4th Floor East, stacks 2-4

    State

    • American Digest System (Century, Decennial, & General), 4th Floor East, stacks 13-14

    • Northwestern Digest (MI, WI, IA, MN, ND), 4th Floor East, stack 11

    • State Digests, 2nd Floor East & 2nd Floor South (shelved alphabetically by state)

    • West's Wisconsin Key Number Digest, Reference Collection KFW/2457/W47, and 2nd Floor East, stacks 22-23

    • Callaghan's Wisconsin Digest, Reference Collection KFW/2457/C34, and 2nd Floor East, stack 23

    Case Citators

    • Shepard's Wisconsin Citations, Reference Collection KFW/2459/S53

    Statutes & Constitutions

    Federal Statutes & Laws

    • United States Code, 5th Floor East, stacks 26-27, and FDsys

    • United States Code Annotated, 5th Floor East, stacks 28-29

    • United States Code Service, 5th Floor East, stacks 27-28

    • Current Slip Laws (Public Laws), 5th Floor East, stack 24

    • United States Statutes at Large (1789 to date) 5th Floor East, stacks 20-24, ProQuest Congressional

    State Statutes & Laws

    • 2nd Floor South & 2nd Floor East (shelved alphabetically by state)

    Wisconsin Statutes & Laws

    • Wisconsin Statutes (current edition), Reference and Reserve Collections KFW/2429/A2

    • Wisconsin Statutes (older editions), Reference Collection KFW/2429/A2 and 2nd Floor East, stack 20

    • Wisconsin Statutes Annotated, Reference & Reserve Collections KFW/2430/1957/A53, and 2nd Floor East, stack 21

    • Laws of Wisconsin (session laws), Reference Collection KFW/2425/A215 and 2nd Floor East, stack 20

    • Slip Laws (Acts), Reference Collection KFW/2425/A217

    • West's Wisconsin Legislative Service, shelved with Wisconsin Statutes Annotated, Reference Collection KFW/2430/1957/A53, and 2nd Floor East, stack 21

    Statute Citators

    • Shepard's Wisconsin Citations, Reference Collection KFW/2459/S53

    Administrative Regulations

    Federal

    • Code of Federal Regulations, 5th Floor East, stacks 30-31. Older editions available on microfiche (2nd Floor West) and Hein Online 

    • Federal Register, 5th Floor East, stack 31. Older editions available on microfiche (2nd Floor West) and Hein Online 

      State

      • State Administrative Regulations, 2nd Floor South & 2nd Floor East (shelved alphabetically by state)

      • Wisconsin Administrative Code, Reference Collection KFW/2435/1956/A27, and 2nd Floor East, stack 21

      • Wisconsin Administrative Register, Reference Collection KFW/2435/1956/A275 (current year), and 2nd Floor East, stack 21 (archive)

         

      Updated by Eric Taylor, Evening Reference Librarian
      University of Wisconsin-Madison Law Library
      Revised: October 2013

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