Skip to Main Content

Going on an Externship? Tips for Success: Transactional and Procedure

Finding the right source

Treatises are books that focus on a specific subject or area of the law.  Lexis, Westlaw, Bloomberg, and HeinOnline are great places to look for subject treatises.  They don't have everything though so also consider other sources such as PLI Discover for really practical areas in the areas of Intellectual Property.  You can get to all of the databases we subscribe to using the Databases A-Z List 

If you want one-stop searching, remember to use the Library Search which will search books, ebooks and legal and non-legal articles. 

Form Books

Examples of Nationally focused treatises

State Practice Guides

Westlaw and Lexis provide access to the majority of state practice guides,  state encyclopedias,  and other state materials that can help you get a leg up in your research.  Check here first if you have a state law question. For example, are you in Massachusetts?  Check out  Massachusetts Practice  on Westlaw. New York? New York Jurisprudence 2d on LexisAdvance.

Current Awareness sources

Subscription databases and newsletter to keep you up to date.

Law 360 - has a large amount of IP news as well as other areas too.

US Law Week on Bloomberg (Bloomberg password needed). 


Create your own Current Awareness tools by using Alerts from Westlaw, Lexis and Bloomberg.

Creating an Alert on Westlaw (includes KeyCite)

Creating an Alert using LexisAdvance (includes Shepards)

Saving Searches and Alerts on Bloomberg

Working at an administrative agency?  You can setup a Federal Register alert.


There are a number of law blogs ("blawgs") in specialized subject areas written by attorneys, professors, judges, students, and other legal specialists. Try these.


Legal Twitter is a thing... You can search Twitter by keyword to find recent tweets on a topic, or use the directories below to find lawyers and law professors who tweet.


Court Rules