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by Dick Irving
Bibliographer for Political Science, Public Administration and Policy, and Law

revised by Jane Woldow



Updated: February 17, 2003

[Reporters at University Library] [Reporters at Dewey Graduate Library] [Reporters in Storage at a remote location]
[Statutory Law Series at University Library][Statutory Law Series at the Dewey Graduate Library][Abbreviations]

Case Reporters

A court's published decisions and opinions are called its reports. Reports published as directed by statute are called official reports. In addition to official court reports, case decisions can be found in unofficial reporters published by commercial publishers. Unofficial reporter series may contain either a particular court's cases, e.g., the Supreme Court Reporter covers only U.S. Supreme Court cases, or compile the decisions of a number of state or federal courts, e.g., the Atlantic Reporter publishes the decisions of the appellate courts of the states in its region. For practical purposes there is little difference in a case decision as it appears in either an official or unofficial reporter; the text of the decision is the same in both official and unofficial reporters.

Reporters at the Dewey Graduate Library and the University Library are listed on the following pages.

Reporters at the University Library



Reporters at the Dewey Graduate Library

Federal Reporters

Lexis-Nexis Academic includes the lower federal court caes but lacks the summaries and headnotes found in the printed and Westlaw Campus versions.

New York State Reporter

Selected Cases with Annotations

American Law Reports, 2d series, American Law Reports, 3d series, American Law Reports, 4th series, American Law Reports, 5th series, and American Law Reports, Federal series are all available through Westlaw Campus.

  • American Law Reports. (Cited as ALR) - 1919-1948. Selected cases from federal courts and state courts of highest appeal.  LAW KF 105 A41x
  • American Law Reports, 2d series. (Cited as ALR 2d) - 1948-1965.  Selected cases from federal courts and state courts of highest appeal.  LAW KF 105 A42x
  • ALR Federal. (Cited as ALR Fed.) - 1969+.  Selected cases from federal courts.  LAW KF 105 A54

  • Reporters in Storage at a remote location

    Print volumes of the following reporters - through the year 2001 - are available from the remote storage facility . Access to cases published in these reporters is also available through Lexis-Nexis Academic (all years) or Westlaw Campus (coverage from 1945 onward). Lexis-Nexis Academic does not include the summaries and headnotes found in the printed versions or on Westlaw Campus.


    Statutory Law Series

    Statutory law is "that body of law created by acts of the legislature in contrast to law generated by judicial opinions and administrative bodies" (Black's Law Dictionary, 7th ed., p. 1424).  Statutory law series may contain either individual acts of a legislature or a body of acts which are collected and arranged according to subject.  The latter type series is commonly referred to as a code.  On the following pages are listed the statutory series at the University Library and at the Dewey Graduate Library.  The United States Code Service and the New York Consolidated Law Service are also available online through Lexis-Nexis Academic. Alternatively, the United States Code Annotated and McKinney's Consolidated Laws of New York are also available online through Westlaw Campus. In instances where there are several versions of the code for a jurisidction, e.g. the United States Code, United States Code Service, United States Code Annotated, the text of the law wil be identical in all versions. The difference is in supplemental material added by the publisher.
     

    Statutory Law Series at the University Library

    Federal

    New York State



    Statutory Law Series at the Dewey Graduate Library

    Federal


    New York State

    Other States and District of Columbia

    Codes for all states and the District of Columbia are available to University of Albany students and faculty through Lexis-Nexis Academic, Westlaw Campus, or State Capital Universe.


    Abbreviations

     
    Abbreviation
    Series Title
    Page Ref.
    A. Atlantic Reporter
    3
    A. 2d Atlantic Reporter, 2d Series
    3
    ALR American Law Reports
    2
    ALR 2d American Law Reports, 2nd Series
    2
    ALR 3d American Law Reports, 3rd Series
    2
    ALR 4th American Law Reports, 4th Series
    2
    ALR 5th American Law Reports, 5th Series
    2
    ALR Fed. ALR Federal
    2
    Cal. Rptr. California Reporter
    3
    Cal. Rptr. 2d California Reporter, 2d Series
    3
    F. Federal Reporter
    2
    F. 2d Federal Reporter, 2nd Series
    2
    F. 3d Federal Reporter, 3rd Series
    2
    F. Supp. Federal Supplement
    2
    F.R.D. Federal Rules Decisions
    2
    L. Ed. United States Supreme Court Reports, Lawyers' Edition
    1
    L. Ed. 2d United States Supreme Court Reports, Lawyers' Edition, 2nd Series
    1
    N.E. North Eastern Reporter
    3
    N.E. 2d North Eastern Reporter, 2nd Series
    3
    N.W.  North Western Reporter
    3
    N.W. 2d North Western Reporter, 2nd Series
    3
    N.Y. (Subject) Law McKinney's Consolidated Laws of New York or 
    New York Consolidated Law Service
    4
    N.Y. Laws McKinney's Session Laws of New York or 
    Laws of New York
    4
    N.Y. S. New York Supplement
    1&2
    N.Y.S. 2d New York Supplement, 2nd Series
    1&2
    P. Pacific Reporter
    3
    P. 2d Pacific Reporter, 2nd Series
    3
    P. 3d Pacific Reporter, 3rd Series
    3
    S. Southern Reporter
    3
    S. 2d Southern Reporter, 2nd Series
    3
    S.Ct. Supreme Court Reporter
    2
    S.E. South Eastern Reporter
    3
    S.E. 2d South Eastern Reporter, 2nd Series
    3
    S.W. South Western Reporter
    3
    S.W. 2d South Western Reporter, 2nd Series
    3
    Stat. at L. United States Statutes at Large
    3
    U.S. United States Supreme Court Reports
    1
    U.S. Code Cong. & Ad. News United States Congressional and Administrative News Serivce
    4
    U.S.C. United States Code
    4
    U.S.C.A. United States Code Annotated
    4
    U.S.C.S. United States Code Service
    4


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