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Introduction
This short topical resource guide will direct you to helpful resources for researching bankruptcy law.  Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution provides Congress the power to enact "uniform laws on the subject of bankruptcies throughout the United States."  Thus, bankruptcy law is primarily federal law, and the Bankruptcy Code is codified at Title 11 of the United States Code.  Resources identified below will aid your understanding of how bankruptcy law operates and where to locate answers to your bankruptcy queries.
Primary Sources
Title 11 is divided into chapters.  Chapters 1, 3, and 5 generally pertain to all bankruptcy cases, whereas the remaining chapters address specific types of cases.  For example, Chapter 11 typically applies to the reorganization of a business.

Bankruptcy court procedure is governed by the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, not the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

 
United States Code, Title 11 (First Floor – KF 62 2012 .A2 v.6) - Available at http://uscode.house.gov

 
United States Code Annotated, Title 11 (Reference - KF 62.5 .W45 T.11) - Available on Westlaw (database identifier = USCA)
United States Code Service, Title 11 (First Floor – KF 62.5 .L49 T.11) - Available on Lexis (USCS)
Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure (Reserve – KF 1511.596 .A19 W44) - Available on Westlaw or Lexis (FRBP) and at http://www.uscourts.gov/file/rules-bankruptcy-procedure
Finding Cases
Bankruptcy courts, which are Article I tribunals and not Article III courts, possess subject-matter jurisdiction over bankruptcy cases.  Since bankruptcy practice is a common law discipline, identifying on-point cases can be vital for the practitioner.
 
West Topic and Key Numbers    
Topic:      Bankruptcy
Westlaw Topic No.:      51
   
 
Research tip: after finding a relevant case, use the pertinent headnote at the beginning of the case to locate additional cases.

Cases
West’s Bankruptcy Reporter (available on Westlaw) - Includes all federal bankruptcy court decisions, as well as bankruptcy cases from federal appellate courts.
 
Digests
West’s Bankruptcy Digest (available on Westlaw) - Organized by Key Numbers, contains brief summary and citation to federal and state bankruptcy cases.
 
 
Other Case Law Finding Tools
American Law Reports (ALR)
 
Westlaw (Secondary Sources) > American Law Reports > American Law Reports Digest > Bankruptcy
 
Library Resources
Library Guide
Subject Heading: Bankruptcy
Call Numbers: KF1501-1548
 
Encyclopedias
American Jurisprudence, Bankruptcy
(Vol. 8-9e)
Reference (KF 154 .A522); Westlaw (AMJUR)
 
Corpus Juris Secundum, Bankruptcy Westlaw (CJS)

General Treatments
Bankruptcy and Related Law in a Nutshell,
8th ed.
 
Law Reserve (2nd floor) - KF 1501 .Z9 E67 2013
The Law of Bankruptcy,
3rd ed.
 
Law Stacks (2nd floor) - KF 1524 .T33 2014
 
Bankruptcy and Debtor/Creditor: Examples
and Explanations
,
6th ed.
Law Reserve (2nd floor) - KF 1524.85 .B58 2014; WK Online Study Aid Library

Major Treatises
Collier on Bankruptcy, 16th ed Law Stacks (2nd floor) - KF 1524 .C6016; Lexis
 
Collier Bankruptcy Manual, 4th ed.
 
Law Stacks (2nd floor) - KF 1524 .C564
 
Collier Bankruptcy Practice Guide Law Stacks (2nd floor) - KF 1524 .C63; Lexis
 
Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice Westlaw
 
Bloomberg Law: Bankruptcy Treatise Bloomberg

Practice Tools
Westlaw Practical Law       Home > Practical Law > Bankruptcy
 
Lexis Practice Advisor Home > Lexis Advance > Lexis Practice Advisor > Bankruptcy
Law Journal Articles
American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review
 
Basement (K 1 .M36) & Online (HeinOnline)
American Bankruptcy Institute Journal
 
Online (HeinOnline)
American Bankruptcy Law Journal
 
Basement (K 1 .M38) & Online (HeinOnline)
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