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Secured Transactions

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 question involving a secured transaction.


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 either of the online indexes, LegalTrac or Index to Legal Periodicals. Both titles offer indexes by author, title, subject, case, and statute. For law school students, both services are available on Lexis and Westlaw.


Certain forms (such as financing statements) can be downloaded from the Washington State Department of Licensing's Web page. Other forms are printed in volumes 4 and 5 of Uniform Laws Annotated or the various form books shelved in the Reference Collection at KF170. Washington forms are reproduced in various parts of Washington Secured Transactions under Revised Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code: Forms and Practice Manual.


In the State of Washington, UCC filings are maintained by the Department of Licensing. Although the Department does not have a searchable database available via the Internet, Lexis and Westlaw do for their subscribers. The dates of coverage are limited in both services and educational passwords may not be authorized to access the filings.

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