Looseleaf in the United States

Looseleaf Service in the Context of Law Research

The Thurgood Marshall School of Law Library defined briefly Looseleaf as: A publication, usually devoted to a specific topic such as taxation or labor law, which consists of pages filed in a loose-leaf binder. The publisher of each loose-leaf service continually sends out new pages which are filed in the binder to keep it current.Legal research resources, including Looseleaf, help to identify the law that governs an activity and to find materials that explain that law.


In citations, for each looseleaf service title, indicates the IndigoBook, the appropriate abbreviation is followed by the name of the publisher:

  • Administrative Law Third Series ; Abbreviation: Admin. L.3d (BNA)
  • Affirmative Action Compliance Manual for Federal Contractors ; Abbreviation: Aff. Action Compl. Man. (BNA)
  • AIDS Law & Litigation Reporter ; Abbreviation: AIDS L. & Litig. Rep. (Univ. Pub. Group)
  • All States Tax Guide ; Abbreviation: All St. Tax Guide (RIA)
  • American Federal Tax Reports, Second Series ; Abbreviation: A.F.T.R.2d (RIA)
  • American Stock Exchange Guide ; Abbreviation: Am. Stock Ex. Guide (CCH)
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation Report ; Abbreviation: Antitrust & Trade Reg. Rep. (BNA)
  • Aviation Law Reporter ; Abbreviation: Av. L. Rep. (CCH)
  •   ? bound as Aviation Cases ; Abbreviation: Av. Cas. (CCH)
  • BNA’s Banking Report ; Abbreviation: Banking Rep. (BNA)
  • Bankruptcy Court Decisions ; Abbreviation: Bankr. Ct. Dec. (LRP)
  • Bankruptcy Law Reports ; Abbreviation: Bankr. L. Rep. (CCH)
  • Benefits Review Board Service ; Abbreviation: Ben. Rev. Bd. Serv. (MB)
  • BioLaw ; Abbreviation: BioLaw (LexisNexis)
  • Blue Sky Law Reporter ; Abbreviation: Blue Sky L. Rep. (CCH)
  • Board of Contract Appeals Decisions—see Contract Appeals Decisions
  • Business Franchise Guide ; Abbreviation: Bus. Franchise Guide (CCH)
  • Canadian Commercial Law Guide ; Abbreviation: Can. Com. L. Guide (CCH)
  • Canadian Tax Reporter ; Abbreviation: Can. Tax Rep. (CCH)
  • Chemical Regulation Reporter ; Abbreviation: Chem. Reg. Rep. (BNA)
  • Chicago Board Options Exchange Guide ; Abbreviation: Chicago Bd. Options Ex. Guide (CCH)
  • Collective Bargaining Negotiations & Contracts ; Abbreviation: Collective Bargaining Negot. & Cont. (BNA)
  • Collier Bankruptcy Cases, Second Series ; Abbreviation: Collier Bankr. Cas. 2d (MB)
  • Commodity Futures Law Reporter ; Abbreviation: Comm. Fut. L. Rep. (CCH)
  • Communications Regulation ; Abbreviation: Commc’ns Reg. (BNA)
  • Congressional Index ; Abbreviation: Cong. Index (CCH)
  • Consumer Credit Guide ; Abbreviation: Consumer Cred. Guide (CCH)
  • Consumer Product Safety Guide ; Abbreviation: Consumer Prod. Safety Guide (CCH)
  • Contract Appeals Decisions ; Abbreviation: Cont. App. Dec. (CCH)
  •   ? bound as Board of Contract Appeals Decisions ; Abbreviation: B.C.A. (CCH)
  • Contracts Cases, Federal—see Government Contracts Reporter
  • Copyright Law Decisions ; Abbreviation: Copyright L. Dec. (CCH)
  • Copyright Law Reporter ; Abbreviation: Copyright L. Rep. (CCH)
  • Cost Accounting Standards Guide ; Abbreviation: Cost Accounting Stand. Guide (CCH)
  • The Criminal Law Reporter ; Abbreviation: Crim. L. Rep. (BNA)
  • Daily Labor Report ; Abbreviation: Daily Lab. Rep. (BNA)
  • Dominion Tax Cases ; Abbreviation: Dominion Tax Cas. (CCH)
  • EEOC Compliance Manual ; Abbreviation: EEOC Compl. Man. (BNA)
  • EEOC Compliance Manual ; Abbreviation: EEOC Compl. Man. (CCH)
  • Employee Benefits Cases ; Abbreviation: Empl. Benefits Cas. (BNA)
  • Employee Benefits Compliance Coordinator ; Abbreviation: Empl. Coordinator (RIA)
  • Employment Practices Guide ; Abbreviation: Empl. Prac. Dec. (CCH)
  •   ? bound as Employment Practices Decisions
  •   ? bound assee also Labor Law Reporter
  • Employment Safety and Health Guide ; Abbreviation: Empl. Safety & Health Guide (CCH)
  •   ? bound as Occupational Safety and Health Decisions ; Abbreviation: O.S.H. Dec. (CCH)
  • Employment Testing: Law & Policy Reporter ; Abbreviation: Empl. Testing (Univ. Pub. Am.)
  • Energy Management & Federal Energy Guidelines ; Abbreviation: Energy Mgmt. (CCH)
  • Environment Reporter ; Abbreviation: Env’t Rep. (BNA)
  •   ? bound as Environment Reporter Cases ; Abbreviation: Env’t Rep. Cas. (BNA)
  • Environmental Law Reporter ; Abbreviation: Envtl. L. Rep. (Envtl. Law Inst.)
  • Exempt Organizations Reports ; Abbreviation: Exempt Org. Rep. (CCH)
  • Fair Employment Practice Cases—see Labor Relations Reporter
  • The Family Law Reporter ; Abbreviation: Fam. L. Rep. (BNA)
  • Family Law Tax Guide ; Abbreviation: Fam. L. Tax Guide (CCH)
  • Federal Audit Guides ; Abbreviation: Fed. Audit Guide (CCH)
  • Federal Banking Law Reporter ; Abbreviation: Fed. Banking L. Rep. (CCH)
  • Federal Carriers Reports ; Abbreviation: Fed. Carr. Rep. (CCH)
  •   ? bound as Federal Carriers Cases ; Abbreviation: Fed. Carr. Cas. (CCH)
  • Federal Contracts Report ; Abbreviation: Fed. Cont. Rep. (BNA)
  • Federal Election Campaign Financing Guide ; Abbreviation: Fed. Election Camp. Fin. Guide (CCH)
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Reporter ; Abbreviation: Fed. Energy Reg. Comm’n Rep. (CCH)
  • Federal Estate and Gift Tax Reporter ; Abbreviation: Fed. Est. & Gift Tax Rep. (CCH)
  •   ? bound as Standard Federal Tax Reporter ; Abbreviation: Stand. Fed. Tax Rep. (CCH)
  • Federal Excise Tax Reporter ; Abbreviation: Fed. Ex. Tax Rep. (CCH)
  • Federal Income, Gift and Estate Taxation ; Abbreviation: Fed. Inc. Gift & Est. Tax’n (MB)
  • Federal Rules Service, Second Series ; Abbreviation: Fed. R. Serv. 2d (West)
  • Federal Securities Law Reporter ; Abbreviation: Fed. Sec. L. Rep. (CCH)
  • Federal Tax Coordinator Second ; Abbreviation: Fed. Tax Coordinator 2d (RIA)
  • Federal Tax Guide Reports ; Abbreviation: Fed. Tax Guide Rep. (CCH)
  • Fire & Casualty Cases—see Insurance Law Reports
  • Food Drug Cosmetic Law Reporter ; Abbreviation: Food Drug Cosm. L. Rep. (CCH)
  • Government Contracts Reporter ; Abbreviation: Gov’t Cont. Rep. (CCH)
  •   ? bound as Contracts Cases, Federal ; Abbreviation: Cont. Cas. Fed. (CCH)
  • Government Employee Relations Report ; Abbreviation: Gov’t Empl. Rel. Rep. (BNA)
  • Housing & Development Reporter ; Abbreviation: Hous. & Dev. Rep. (RIA)
  • Human Resources Management OSHA Compliance Guide ; Abbreviation: OSHA Comp. Guide (CCH)
  • Immigration Law Service ; Abbreviation: Immigr. L. Serv. (West)
  • Insurance Law Reports ; Abbreviation: Ins. L. Rep. (CCH)
  •   ? bound as Personal and Commercial Liability ; Abbreviation: Personal and Comm. Liab. (CCH)
  •   ? bound as Life, Health & Accident Insurance Cases 2d ; Abbreviation: Life Health & Accid. Ins. Cas. 2d (CCH)
  • International Environment Reporter ; Abbreviation: Int’l Env’t Rep. (BNA)
  • International Trade Reporter ; Abbreviation: Int’l Trade Rep. (BNA)
  • IRS Positions ; Abbreviation: IRS Pos. (CCH)
  • Labor Arbitration Awards ; Abbreviation: Lab. Arb. Awards (CCH)
  • Labor Law Reporter ; Abbreviation: Lab. L. Rep. (CCH)
  •   ? bound as Labor Cases ; Abbreviation: Lab. Cas. (CCH)
  •   ? bound as NLRB Decisions ; Abbreviation: NLRB Dec. (CCH)
  •   see also Employment Practices Guid
  • Labor Relations Reporter: ; Abbreviation: Lab. Rel. Rep. (BNA)
  •   ? bound as Fair Employment Practice Cases ; Abbreviation: Fair Empl. Prac. Cas. (BNA)
  •   ? bound as Labor Arbitration Reports ; Abbreviation: Lab. Arb. Rep. (BNA)
  •   ? bound as Labor Relations Reference Manual ; Abbreviation: L.R.R.M. (BNA)
  •   ? bound as Wage and Hour Cases ; Abbreviation: Wage & Hour Cas. (BNA)
  • ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct ; Abbreviation: Laws. Man. on Prof. Conduct (ABA/BNA)
  • Life, Health & Accident Insurance Cases—see Insurance Law Reports
  • Liquor Control Law Reporter ; Abbreviation: Liquor Cont. L. Rep. (CCH)
  • Media Law Reporter ; Abbreviation: Media L. Rep. (BNA)
  • Medical Devices Reporter ; Abbreviation: Med. Devices Rep. (CCH)
  • Medicare and Medicaid Guide ; Abbreviation: Medicare & Medicaid Guide (CCH)
  • Mutual Funds Guide ; Abbreviation: Mut. Funds Guide (CCH)
  • National Reporter on Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility ; Abbreviation: Nat’l Rep. Legal Ethics (Univ. Pub. Am.)
  • New York Stock Exchange Guide ; Abbreviation: N.Y.S.E. Guide (CCH)
  • NLRB Decisions—see Labor Law Reporter
  • Nuclear Regulation Reporter ; Abbreviation: Nuclear Reg. Rep. (CCH)
  • Occupational Safety & Health Reporter ; Abbreviation: O.S.H. Rep. (BNA)
  •   ? bound as Occupational Safety & Health Cases ; Abbreviation: O.S.H. Cas. (BNA)
  • OFCCP Federal Contract Compliance Manual ; Abbreviation: OFCCP Fed. Cont. Compl. Man. (CCH)
  • Patent, Trademark & Copyright Journal ; Abbreviation: Pat. Trademark & Copyright J. (BNA)
  • Pension & Benefits Reporter ; Abbreviation: Pens. & Ben. Rep. (BNA)
  • Pension Plan Guide ; Abbreviation: Pens. Plan Guide (CCH)
  • Pension & Profit Sharing Second ; Abbreviation: Pens. & Profit Sharing 2d (RIA)
  • Product Safety & Liability Reporter ; Abbreviation: Prod. Safety & Liab. Rep. (BNA)
  • Products Liability Reporter ; Abbreviation: Prod. Liab. Rep. (CCH)
  • Public Utilities Reports ; Abbreviation: Pub. Util. Rep. (PUR)
  • School Law Reporter ; Abbreviation: School L. Rep. (Educ. Law Ass’n.)
  • Search & Seizure Bulletin ; Abbreviation: Search & Seizure Bull. (Quinlan)
  • SEC Accounting Rules ; Abbreviation: SEC Accounting R. (CCH)
  • Secured Transactions Guide ; Abbreviation: Secured Transactions Guide (CCH)
  • Securities and Federal Corporate Law Report ; Abbreviation: Sec. & Fed. Corp. L. Rep. (West)
  • Securities Regulation & Law Report ; Abbreviation: Sec. Reg. & L. Rep. (BNA)
  • Shipping Regulation ; Abbreviation: Shipping Reg. (BNA)
  • Social Security Reporter ; Abbreviation: Soc. Sec. Rep. (CCH)
  • Standard Federal Tax Reporter ; Abbreviation: Stand. Fed. Tax Rep. (CCH)
  •   ? bound as U.S. Tax Cases ; Abbreviation: U.S. Tax Cas. (CCH)
  • State and Local Tax Service ; Abbreviation: St. & Loc. Tax Serv. (RIA)
  • State and Local Taxes—see All States Tax Guide
  • State Inheritance, Estate, and Gift Tax Reporter ; Abbreviation: St. Inher., Est. & Gift Tax Rep. (CCH)
  • State Tax Guide ; Abbreviation: St. Tax Guide (CCH)
  • State Tax Reporter ; Abbreviation: St. Tax Rep. (CCH)
  • Tax Court Memorandum Decisions ; Abbreviation: T.C.M. (RIA)
  •   ? bound as Tax Court Reporter ; Abbreviation: T.C.M. (CCH) [or (RIA)]
  • Tax Court Reported Decisions ; Abbreviation: Tax Ct. Rep. Dec. (RIA)
  • Tax Court Reports ; Abbreviation: Tax Ct. Rep. (CCH)
  • Trade Regulation Reporter ; Abbreviation: Trade Reg. Rep. (CCH)
  •   ? bound as Trade Cases ; Abbreviation: Trade Cas. (CCH)
  • Unemployment Insurance Reporter ; Abbreviation: Unempl. Ins. Rep. (CCH)
  • Uniform Commercial Code Reporting Service Second ; Abbreviation: UCC Rep. Serv. (West)
  • Union Labor Report Newsletter ; Abbreviation: Union Lab. Rep. Newsl. (BNA)
  • The United States Law Week ; Abbreviation: U.S.L.W. (BNA—publisher need not be indicated)
  • The United States Patents Quarterly bound in same name ; Abbreviation: U.S.P.Q. (BNA)
  • U.S. Tax Cases—see Federal Estate and Gift Tax Reporter and Standard Federal Tax Reporter
  • U.S. Tax Reporter ; Abbreviation: U.S. Tax Rep. (RIA)
  • U.S. Tax Treaties Reporter ; Abbreviation: U.S. Tax Treaties Rep. (CCH)
  • Utilities Law Reports ; Abbreviation: Util. L. Rep. (CCH)
  • Wage and Hour Cases—see Labor Relations Reporter

Looseleaf: Open and Free Legal Research of US Law

Federal Primary Materials

The U.S. federal government system consists of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each of which creates information that can be the subject of legal research about Looseleaf. This part provides references, in relation to Looseleaf, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about Looseleaf by content types:

Laws and Regulations

US Constitution
Federal Statutory Codes and Legislation

Federal Case Law and Court Materials

U.S. Courts of Appeals
United States courts of appeals, inclouding bankruptcy courts and bankcruptcy appellate panels:

Federal Administrative Materials and Resources

Presidential Materials

Materials that emanate from the President’s lawmaking function include executive orders for officers in departments and agencies and proclamations for announcing ceremonial or commemorative policies. Presidential materials available include:

Executive Materials

Federal Legislative History Materials

Legislative history traces the legislative process of a particular bill (about Looseleaf and other subjects) for the main purpose of determining the legislators’ intent behind the enactment of a law to explain or clarify ambiguities in the language or the perceived meaning of that law (about Looseleaf or other topics), or locating the current status of a bill and monitoring its progress.

State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to Looseleaf and other topics); they are a binding source of law. In addition to promulgating regulations, state administrative boards and agencies often have judicial or quasi-judicial authority and may issue administrative decisions affecting Looseleaf. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about Looseleaf should check state agency web sites for their regulations, decisions, forms, and other information of interest.

State rules and regulations are found in codes of regulations and administrative codes (official compilation of all rules and regulations, organized by subject matter). Search here:

State opinions of the Attorney General (official written advisory opinions on issues of state law related to Looseleaf when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

Tools and Forms

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