Dr. Beardsley's recent book is an efficient tool with which lawyer and judge, no less than the student, can pry open the source material of the common law, both in England and in the American jurisdictions; not merely of the past, but currently. Prepared primarily for the use of students, the book is the product of a long experience as librarian and a comprehensive knowledge of the material. It is meticulously and lucidly organized; the nature of the source books in the field of law, their relative importance, their history, and their uses are ably described; the collateral material of the digests, encyclopedias, commentaries, texts, annotations, and the citation devices are exhaustively dealt with; and resistance to the unfamiliar labels and official designations is completely broken down by bibliographies of state and territorial reports embodying the American decisions, and of the English, Irish, Scotch and Colonial reports.
Legal Bibliography and the Use of Law Books, by Arthur Sidney Beardsley (1937),
13 Wash. L. Rev. & St. B.J.
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