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MLIC Floor Guide to Materials: South Western Reporter

This guide describes basic use of specific sets of books in the MLIC, and is best used in conjunction with a mobile phone and the QR Codes you will find near the sets. If you are accessing this guide via the MLIC's app, just select a floor and book set.

South Western Reporter

Cases are decided by courts and are reported chronologically in sets of books we call Reporters. Reporter sets are numbered by volume and series. When a Reporter series reaches a high enough number of volumes a new series starts over at volume one.

You are standing near the South Western Reporter. It is a regional reporter in its third (S.W.3d) series, covering the states of Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, and Texas. The South Western Reporter, like all regional reporters, only includes state cases. 

Use a State Digest

When you're researching an issue the controlling law in your jurisdiction might have been decided in a case eighty years ago.  How do you find out about an eighty year old case buried deep in the Reporters?  Digests.

Digests are a type of finding tool which allows you to quickly discover relevant cases, no matter when the case was decided. However, West does not publish a digest for the South Western Reporter. Instead, you will need to use a state digest. The state materials are all located on the first floor in alphabetical order by state name. Most of the state materials are no longer up-to-date, due to online availability.