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Bankruptcy: Secondary Sources

This guide provides assistance with resources and strategies for bankruptcy law research. The guide was adapted from a bankruptcy guide prepared by Jordan Haygood, a law student reference assistant at Oklahoma City University School of Law.


A treatise is a scholarly, legal publication written on a particular subject matter. A print treatise may consist of a single volume or multi-volumes.  Treatises are often 'practice-based' and may include forms. Some treatises, such as Nutshells and Hornbooks,      provide a general overview of an area of law and are often used by students as study aids.

Below are several well-known bankruptcy treatises that can be found at the FAMU College of Law Library or accessed through a subscription database:


Journal and law review articles provide an excellent starting point because the authors usually analyze an issue in-depth and give detailed citation information. The following are accessible either at the OCU Law Library or in one of the subscription databases available from the Law Library’s databases page.

Study Aids

   Study Aids are a great way to review relevant issues of law while being provided with example answers. A complete set of study aids can be found on the first floor of the library or on the library database.

Pro Se Collection

FAMU Law Library offers a number of pro se materials, which can be found throughout the library. There are several bankruptcy related titles. These books are not available to be checked out, but you may read them in the library.

Google Scholar

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Google Books

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