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Study Aids in Biddle Law Library Collection

November 28, 2012

Do you need a quick refresher to help prep for exams? Do you want to brush up on key points of law? If so, you might want to check out the various study aids in Biddle’s collection.

By Merle J. Slyhoff, Collection Development Librarian



Do you need a quick refresher to help prep for exams?  Do you want to brush up on key points of law?  If so, you might want to check out the various study aids in Biddle’s collection. 


Biddle has four series of titles that can help you get ready for exams.  All of the titles will give you a summary of the specific subject area, along with key points of law. 


Below are pointers to locating each series in LOLA, Biddle’s online catalog. Please note: Items in the Reserve Reading Room do not circulate, but we often have an earlier edition of the title in the Biddle stacks which does circulate.  Below are examples of each series, using torts as an example.


 Also, if you are looking for online materials, Westlaw is also offering a two-day free trial offer to its West Study Aids Subscription.

1.  NUTSHELLS – There are many “… Law in a Nutshell” titles published by Thomson/West. To locate relevant titles, search LOLA under Encore Keyword:  Nutshell [subject].  


Thumbnail image for Torts in a Nutshell.pngTorts in a nutshell / by Edward J. Kionka


KF1250.Z9 K53 2010

Kionka, Edward J., 1939-

5th ed

St. Paul, MN : West/Thomson, c2010

Series: Nutshell Series


2.  CONCEPTS AND INSIGHTS – This series, published by Foundation Press/ThomsonReuters, also covers many different subjects.  Locate titles in this series by searching for Concepts and Insights Series.  This search will show all titles we have in this series.  To locate a specific subject just add the subject to the search, such as Concepts and insights series torts.


The forms and functions of tort law / by Kenneth S. Abraham Forms and Functions of Tort Law.jpg

F1250.Z9 A27 2012

Abraham, Kenneth S., 1946-

4th ed

New York, N.Y. : Foundation Press ; [St. Paul, Minn.] : Thomson/West, 2012

Series: Concepts and Insights


3. UNDERSTANDING… - Published by LexisNexis, this series, like the others mentioned, covers many subject areas.  To locate in LOLA, search for Understanding Series and look through the titles for the relevant subjects.  All of the Understanding series titles begin with Understanding…  You can also do a search of Understanding Torts.  Just check the record to make sure it is a part of the Understanding Series.


Understanding Series.pngUnderstanding torts / John L. Diamond, Lawrence C. Levine, M. Stuart Madden

 KF1250 .D5 2007

Diamond, John L

3rd ed

Newark, NJ : LexisNexis Matthew Bender, c2007


4.  EXAMPLES AND EXPLANATIONS – These titles, published by Wolters Kluwer/Aspen, can be searched in LOLA by using Encore Keyword and searching for Examples explanations [subject]


The law of torts : examples & explanations / Joseph W. Glannon Law of Torts by Glannon.jpg

KF1250.Z9 G58 2010

Glannon, Joseph W.

4th ed

Austin [Tex.] : Wolters Kluwer Law & Business ; New York : Aspen Publishers, c2010

Series: Examples and Explanations

If you have any questions on locating or using the study guides, please feel free to stop by the reference desk.