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Commercial Law and the Uniform Code

This research guide is not intended to be comprehensive, but rather will list some of the major sources of law in the area and a variety of tools for the researcher to use when confronted with a commercial law issue.

Periodical Articles

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. Washington state periodicals, such as the Seattle University Law Review, are located in Reserve. To find articles on particular topics, use the online index Index to Legal Periodicals. Both titles offer indexes by author, title, subject, case, and statute.

Two major law journals are devoted to commercial law issues. They are:

Commercial Law Subtopics


Forms are printed in volumes 4 and 5 of Uniform Laws Annotated and in the various form books shelved at Reserve KF 170. Washington forms are reproduced in the Washington Commercial Law Deskbook and in volumes 7 and 8 of Washington Practice. Some Washington forms can also be downloaded from the Department of Licensing Web site.Some Washington forms can also be downloaded from the Department of Licensing Web site.


Cases can be found in the Uniform Commercial Code Reporting Service, Reserve KF879.518.45 (accessed by its Digest). They can also be found in Westlaw (database: UCC-CS) and in Lexis (library: UCC; file: Mega). Both services can be limited to find cases only in particular jurisdictions. Cases can also be found using the annotated code for the desired state. Multistate annotations are available in Uniform Laws Annotated.