Reference Book of the Week: Black's Law Dictionary
This week we are featuring a legal resource. Black's Law Dictionary is the premier dictionary for legal terms and definitions. This is the one lawyers turn to when they need a definition, and it should be the one you turn to when you need a legal term defined. First published in 1891, the dictionary's purpose is "to marshal legal terms to the fullest possible extent and to define them accurately" (ix). The dictionary is now in its eighth edition. Organized alphabetically, it includes not only definitions but also relevant quotations and cross-references. In addition, the dictionary provides a set of appendices on topics such as legal abbreviations, legal maxims, and a bibliography. So whether you are doing legal research or just need a legal term defined, you can turn to Black's Law Dictionary. Our copy is shelved in the ready reference shelves (the ones right behind the reference desk) under call number KF 156 .B53 2004.