Encyclopedias: Law

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American Jurisprudence 2d [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers "all fields of American law —- state and federal, civil and criminal, substantive and procedural." Part of Westlaw Campus Research.

Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment [Rutgers Restricted]
Provides comprehensive coverage of "concepts and theories; correction; law; crimes; methods and statistics; national surveys; organizations; police science; and social and cultural context." An electronic version of the 4 volume print resource.

Encyclopedia of Education Law [Rutgers Restricted]
"Entries cover a number of essential topics, including the following: key cases in education law, including both case summaries and topical overviews; Constitutional issues; key concepts, theories, and legal principles; key statutes; treaties (e.g., the Universal Declaration On Human Rights); curricular issues; educational equity; governance; rights of students and teachers; technology; biographies; and organizations."

Encyclopedia of Juvenile Justice [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers "historical and contemporary theories, concepts, and real-world practices of juvenile justice in the United States. The entries address a broad range of issues and topics, such as alcohol and drug abuse, arson, the death penalty for juveniles, computer and Internet crime, gun violence, gangs, missing children, school violence, teen pregnancy, and delinquency theories." Electronic version of the print resource.

Encyclopedia of Law and Economics
A survey of law & economics literature, with each entry containing two elements: a review of the literature written by an authority in the field, and a bibliography.

Encyclopedia of Law and Higher Education [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers eleven broad subject areas: Cases in Higher Education Law; Concepts, Theories, and Legal Principles; Constitutional Rights and Issues; Faculty Rights; Governance and Finance; Organizations and Institutions; Primary Sources: Excerpts From Landmark U.S. Supreme Court Cases; Religion and Freedom of Speech; Statutes; Student Rights and Welfare; and Technology.

Encyclopedia of Law & Society: American and Global Perspectives [Rutgers Restricted]
Provides international treatment of the field with "interdisciplinary perspectives on law from sociology, criminology, cultural anthropology, political science, social psychology, and economics." Electronic version of the 3 volume print resource.

Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement [Rutgers Restricted]
Provides a comprehensive, critical, and descriptive examination of all facets of law enforcement on the state and local, federal and national, and international stages. Electronic version of the print resource.

Encyclopedia of Psychology and Law [Rutgers Restricted]
Includes "entries describing a wide array of contemporary and historical psychology and law topics" with reference to the related field of criminal justice. Electronic version of the print resource.

Encyclopedia of the American Constitution [Rutgers Restricted]
Contains new and updated original articles covering recent concepts (i.e. adoption, race, the Constitution, birthright citizenship) and court cases since 1992 offering comprehensive coverage of all aspects of constitutional law, as well as biographies of people who have had an impact on our government's legal framework (Supreme Court Justices, Presidents, Cabinet Members, Lawyers, and more). Also covers judicial decisions handed down by the Supreme Court. 2nd edition.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law [Rutgers Restricted]
An electronic version of the thirteen-volume 2nd edition providing current information on more than 5,000 legal topics including important issues, biographies, definitions of legal terms and more.

A collaboratively-created, public-access law dictionary and encyclopedia sponsored and hosted by the Legal Information Institute at the Cornell Law School.

World Encyclopedia of Police Forces and Correctional Systems [Rutgers Restricted]
Describes the national law enforcement and correctional systems of more than 195 countries across the globe. Electronic version of the 2 volume 2nd edition of the print resource.