Form books are useful in drafting pleadings, motions, orders and other court documents. There are many resources that contain federal procedural forms. Some are arranged by rule number, others topically. Several form books are listed below. Additionally, there are volumes of topical forms that include procedural forms. For example, many of the forms in Collier [Bankruptcy] Forms Manual deal with civil procedure in a bankruptcy context. Finally, there are online civil procedure and litigation forms at legal internet sites such as Findlaw and The 'Lectric Law Library as well as forms available on Lexis and Westlaw, noted below.
Along with the books listed below the Pattern Discovery Series provides discovery checklists and sample interrogatories for numerous subjects. The Law Library collects many of these sets. To see what subjects are covered, do a "keyword" search in the Law Library Catalog using "pattern discovery series" as the search words.
The Pattern Discovery Series (mentioned below) provides commentary, checklists and sample interrogatories for numerous subjects. The Law Library collects many of these sets. To see what subjects are covered, search the Law Library Catalog for "pattern discovery series".
Law reviews and journals reflect the latest thinking on topical issues. Over a thousand are published in the United States and the Law Library receives almost all of them. Abbreviations abound in this area so it is best to ask for help at the law library reference desk. Periodicals are located on the court level which is reached by the elevator inside the Library. They are also available on Lexis, Westlaw and Hein Online.
To find articles on particular topics, use either online index LegalTrac or Index to Legal Periodicals. Both titles offer indexes by author, title, subject, case, and statute.
Similar to periodical articles, annotations in American Law Reports, at Range 3F, may provide useful analysis on a particular topic of Civil Procedure. ALR is now in its 6th Series. ALR Fed covers exclusively federal issues. The footnotes from the ALR may offer important primary authority. It is usually best to begin research using the ALR Index volumes, shelved at the end of all the sets. The full-text of ALR can also be searched via Lexis and Westlaw.
Supplementary resources in the Law Library's collection can be located by using the Law Library Catalog, the catalog of print and non-print resources. The Catalog Help page will show you how to use the catalog to your best advantage.
Using Library of Congress subject headings will help you get an overview of the materials available. Some suggested headings are:
Also, the following (include jurisdictional limitations if desired)