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Evidence and Discovery

Discovery

Discovery is "[t]he act or process of finding or learning something that was previously unknown," and is often referred to as "[t]he pretrial phase of a lawsuit during which depositions, interrogatories, and other forms of discovery are conducted." Discovery, Black's Law Dictionary (11th ed. 2019).

A sampling of the materials Jenkins has on discovery is listed below. For more sources, try searching the Jenkins' catalog for discovery. The search results can be limited by adding additional terms to the search or by modifying the search to a specific library location, i.e. General Collection, Pennsylvania Collection, or State Collection. For help, members can contact Research Services at 215.574.1505 or research@jenkinslaw.org.

Tip: Court rules often outline how evidence can be discovered and admitted in court as well as how discovery and interrogatories can be conducted. See the Pennsylvania Court Rules - County, Pennsylvania Court Rules - State, and Federal Court Rules guides for where to find court rules. Jenkins also has court rules for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. A search of the Jenkins' catalog for court rules and the jurisdiction should find the relevant materials.

Tip: It may also be beneficial to look at practice sets, encyclopedias, and form sets. See the Pennsylvania Forms, Pennsylvania Secondary Materials, and Federal Practice & Procedure guides for a listing of the more popular materials. Consult the indexes for where to find discovery information.

Pennsylvania

Discovery Tactics: The Good, the Bad and the Outrageous Pennsylvania Bar Institute
Includes forms.

Pennsylvania Civil Discovery (LexisNexis Practice Guide) LexisNexis
Also on the LexisNexis Digital Library.

Pennsylvania Civil Pre-Trial Practice (LexisNexis Practice Guide) LexisNexis
Also on the library's Lexis computers and the LexisNexis Digital Library.

Pennsylvania Discovery Lawsource Bisel

Pennsylvania Discovery Practice West/Thomson Reuters
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.

Pennsylvania eDiscovery ALM, The Legal Intelligencer
Library also have previous editions: see all.

Research Tip

Court rules often outline how evidence can be discovered and admitted in court as well as how discovery and interrogatories can be conducted. See the Pennsylvania Court Rules - County and Pennsylvania Court Rules - State guides for where to find the Pennsylvania State and County Court Rules.

It may also be beneficial to look at practice sets, encyclopedias, and form sets. The most common of these Pennsylvania materials are listed in the Pennsylvania Forms and Pennsylvania Secondary Materials guides. Consult the indexes for where to find discovery information.

Federal

Discovery Proceedings in Federal Court West/Thomson Reuters
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.

Handbook of Federal Civil Discovery and Disclosure West/Thomson Reuters

Research Tip

Court rules often outline how evidence can be discovered and admitted in court as well as how discovery and interrogatories can be conducted. See the Federal Court Rules guide for where to find Federal Court Rules.

It may also be beneficial to look at practice sets, encyclopedias, and form sets. The most common of these Federal and non-jurisdictional materials are listed in the Federal Practice & Procedure guide. Consult the indexes for where to find discovery information.

General

Bender's Forms of Discovery LexisNexis
Also on the library's Lexis computers and the LexisNexis Digital Library.

Discovery Across the Globe: Obtaining Evidence Abroad to Support U.S. Proceedings American Bar Association

Discovery Practice Aspen
Available on Treatises On Fastcase.
From the Browse Libraries button, navigate to Commentary& and select General Litigation Library > Discovery Practice

Discovery Problems and Their Solutions American Bar Association

Obtaining Discovery Abroad American Bar Association

Pretrial Discovery: Strategy and Tactics West/Thomson Reuters

E-Discovery

eDiscovery Pennsylvania Bar Institute

eDiscovery & Digital Evidence West/Thomson Reuters
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.

E-Discovery for Everyone American Bar Association

eDiscovery Symposium Pennsylvania Bar Institute
Also contains forms

Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence in a Nutshell West Academic
Also on the West Academic Digital Library.

Electronic Discovery & Records & Information Management Guide West/Thomson Reuters
Available on the library's Westlaw computers.

Electronic Discovery Deskbook Practising Law Institute

Electronic Discovery Nuts & Bolts Practicing Law Institute
Library has previous editions: see all.

Pennsylvania eDiscovery The Legal Intelligencer
Library has previous editions: see all.

Research Tip

Information on e-discovery may also be found in treatises focusing on electronic evidence. See the Evidence page of this guide for electronic evidence resources.

For more sources on e-discovery, try searching the Jenkins' catalog for ediscovery, e-discovery, or electronic discovery. To narrow the search, try adding other keywords.

Subject Specific

Discovery Deskbook for Construction Disputes American Bar Association

Discovery in Construction Litigation LexisNexis
Also on the LexisNexis Digital Library.

Pattern Discovery: Employment Discrimination West/Thomson Reuters
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.

Pattern Discovery: Motor Vehicles West/Thomson Reuters
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.

Pattern Discovery: Premises Liability West/Thomson Reuters
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.

Pattern Discovery: Products Liability West/Thomson Reuters
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.

Pattern Discovery: Tort Actions West/Thomson Reuters
Also on the library's Westlaw computers.

Research Tip

Subject specific treatises may also include information on evidence and discovery in that practice area. Search the Jenkins' catalog for additional resources.