Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Research Sources

Bibliographies - - - especially annotated ones - - - are a great source for professors for scholarship and teaching, as well as a great source for practitioners.  Here are a few published in 2008:

Nancy Levit, Family Law In The Twenty-First Century: An Annotated Bibliography, 21 J. Am. Acad. Matrim. Law. 271 -388  (2008).
More than one hundred pages of sources from 2002-2008, organized by subtopics, and providing brief parenthetical explanations if the subject is not obvious from the title.

Sarah Valentine, Queer Kids: A Comprehensive Annotated Legal Bibliography On Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, And Questioning Youth, 19 Yale J.L. & Feminism 449 – 493 (2008).
A gathering and assessment of law review and selected other articles and books concerning sexual minority youth in all aspects of family law.

ANNUAL Bibliographical updates are also extremely useful.

The annual bibliography by the Family LawProf Blog's own Nancy Ver Steeg is the Annual Survey of Periodical Literature, 40 Fam. L. Q. 753 - 798 (2007).  It is especially attentive to "hot topics."

The annual bibliography on conflict of laws in American Journal of Comparative Law is useful.  The most recent is compiled by Symeon Symeonides, Conflict of Laws Bibliography: US Sources, 2006-2007, 56 Am. J. Comp. L. 321- 329 (2008).  It is not annotated or organized by topic, but a quick search for terms such as “family” or “adoption” is useful.

Another annual bibliography is The Annotated Legal Bibliography on Gender in Cardozo Journal of Law and Gender.  The most recent is at 14 Cardozo J. L. & Gender 459 – 517 (2008).  It has annotations and is subdivided by topic, including topics on “Family,” “Domestic Violence,” “Marriage,” “Parenting,” “Children,” and “Abortion.”


Here are three additional sources provided by a kind reader who researches in family law: (*1) American Journal of Family Law (Since Fall 2007, issues have included annotated bibliography of recent articles, organized by subject) (*2) Georgetown Journal of Gender & the Law (Annual Review of Gender & Sexuality Law) (*3) Online supplement to Sexual Orientation and the Law: A Research Bibliography of Legal Literature . . .: an annotated bibliography of law review articles by subject, including family law ( (MR)

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