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It is now easier than ever to locate specific sections in Restatements of the Law! Thanks to a suggestion from a customer at the John Marshall Law School, the American Law Institute Library now contains a Restatement Section Locator tool. Whether you are looking for a current Restatement or an older one, HeinOnline meets all your research needs!
Quickly Locate a Restatement
The Restatement Section Locator tool can be found on the American Law Institute Library homepage. To use this tool, choose the Restatement name from the drop-down menu and enter the section number. For this example, let’s look for Restatement, Second Torts, section 42. Find Restatement, Second Torts from the drop-down and enter 42 into the section box. Then, click Submit.
Users are then directed to the page on which the section begins.
Restatements of the Law in HeinOnline
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