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Law 792-GRD: Legal Research and Writing for LLMs: American Law Reports

American Law Reports

American Law Reports Volumes

 

American Law Reports began life as a selective case reporter to compete with  West's National Reporter System.  They lost the battle, and have stopped printing cases.  What remains from the original publication are the Annotations.  

An ALR Annotation is a kind of super-annotation. In addition to long lists of primary legal materials from many juristdicitons, an ALR Annotation contains an  essay about a narrow area of law.  It will tell you how different jurrisdictions have dealt with that issue. 

If you can find an ALR Annoation on your topic, then you will be well on your way.

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Finding

A complete Index to American Law Reports is available on WestlawNext 

Accessing

American Law Reports on WestlawNext

American Law Reports on Lexis Advance

ALR is also a filter on Lexis Advance.  Run your search and then look in the box on the left side of the screen under Sources.

 

Updating

Print ALRs have a variety of updating formats, but for the most part rely one pocket parts.

WARNING:  Has your annotation been Supplemented OR Superceded?

Supplemented means there is a more recent annotation that has additional information so you need to look at both of them.

Superceded means that this annotation should no longer be used as there is a more recent annotation that has completely revised the topic.

Additional Resources

Legal Research in a Nutshell, pp. 88-91.