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Secondary Sources

Secondary sources are useful for finding analysis and background information on a topic.  Secondary sources are also useful tools for finding citations to relevant primary sources.


Law Reviews and Legal Periodicals

HeinOnline:  Full-text, fully-searchable compilation of law reviews, bar journals, federal materials, treaties, international resources and more.  Documents are organized into “libraries” (or collections) and presented in PDF format.  Examples of law reviews and journals dedicated to child welfare and juvenile justice include:

Legal periodicals are also available on Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg.


Interdisciplinary Journal Sources

Visit Databases@Emory to access Woodruff Library's full collection of multi-disciplinary databases.  Often other disciplines like sociology, psychology, economics, education, and child development are part of the study of children's rights.  A few of the more popular databases are named below.

  • Academic Search Complete
  • Sociological Collection
  • Legal Collection
  • Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection, PsycInfo, PsycArticles
  • ERIC  (full text)

CSA Worldwide, Sage, Wiley and ProQuest also offer good multi-disciplinary databases which are accessible via Databases@Emory.


    Treatises, Monographs & Practice Materials

    Treatises & Practice Materials on Westlaw

    • Thomas Jacobs, Children and the Law. Rights and Obligations (2016): This multi-volume set offers extensive analysis of legal issues affecting children, including child welfare, adoption, guardianship, termination of parental rights and juvenile delinquency.
    • Thomas R. Young, Legal Rights of Children, 3d. (2015): This treatise includes coverage of adoption law in Part II, Chapter 6: Adoption of Children and Other Arrangements.  Also in print (3d on order; 2d by Donald T. Kramer - KF479 .K73 2005, located on the 4th Floor, MacMillan Law Library).
    • Ann M. Haralambie, Handling Child Custody, Abuse & Adoption Cases (2013): Adoption, assisted conception, Indian Child Welfare Act, termination of parental rights, trial techniques, and other family law topics are explored in this treatise.
    • Kristin M. Kerschensteiner, Callaghan's Family Court Law & Practice:  Chapter 14 addresses adoption.


    Treatises & Practice Materials on Lexis

    • Joan H. Hollinger, Adoption law and practice (2012):  Treatise covers general adoption law and practice, interstate adoptions, intercountry adoptions, Assisted Reproductive Technologies, Native American Children, and Bureau of Indian Affairs.
    • Arnold H. Rutkin, Family Law and Practice (2016):Treatise includes adoption law and practice.
    • Kathy L. Portnoy and Charla E. Strawser, Georgia Domestic Relations Case Finder (2015): Single-volume summary of Georgia cases, similar to a trial notebook.
    • Edward E. Bates, Jr., Georgia Domestic Relations Forms (2015): A practice manual with a comprehensive compilation of forms, analysis and explanations, and references to relevant cases, statutes, and rules


    Print Sources


    Adoption law handbook : practice, resources, and forms for family law professionals
    Adoption law handbook : practice, resources, and forms for family law professionals

    Jennifer Fairfax, Adoption law handbook : practice, resources, and forms for family law professionals (2011). This handbooks is a publication of the American Bar Association. Section of Family Law.

    Available at  MacMillan Law Library,  4th Floor (KF545 .F35 2011).



    Sanford N. KatzFamily law in America (2015).  

    Available at MacMillan Law Library, 4th Floor (KF505 .K38 2015).






      Study Aids and Texts

      Adoption laws in a nutshell
      Adoption laws in a nutshell

      Sanford N. Katz and Daniel R Katz, Adoption Laws in a Nutshell (2012)

      Available at the Service Desk 2nd Floor (KF545 .K38 2012) at MacMillan Law Library.


      Mastering adoption law and policy
      Mastering adoption law and policy
      Mastering adoption law and policy

      Cynthia H. DeBoseMastering adoption law and policy (2015)

      Available at the Service Desk 2nd Floor (KF545 .D43 2015) at MacMillan Law Library

      Understanding family law
      Understanding family law

      John DeWitt Gregory Peter N. Swisher, and Robin Fretwell Wilson, Understanding Family Law (2013).

      Available at the Service Desk 2nd Floor (KF505 .G734 2013) at MacMillan Law Library.


      Cynthia R Mabry and Lisa Kelly, Adoption law : theory, policy, and practice (2010).

      Available at the Service Desk 2nd Floor (KF545 .A7 M33 2010), MacMillan Law Library


        News & Current Awareness

        Bloomberg BNA: Bloomberg BNA is an excellent current awareness source providing access to expert analysis of legal topics, news, cases, legislation, and other primary and secondary content. 

        Family Law Reporter (BNA)

        Weekly publication of federal and state cases, legislation, news, and trends. Coverage from August 6, 1996 to date.



        Blawgs (or law blogs) are helpful when searching for a paper topic.  Many legal professionals review blawgs to stay abreast of current trends and latest developments in an area of law.  The American Bar Association (ABA) and Justia both offer free directories that can help you find relevant legal blogs on a topic of interest.


        ABA Journal's Blawg Directory

        Justia’s BlawgSearch 

        Below are a few children's rights blawgs which may be of interest:

        Children and the Law Blog

        Family Law Prof Blog

        Missouri Adoption Law Blog

        The Future of Children

        The Adopted Child


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