Research guides

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 (10th ed. 2014).

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 Strategy Pennsylvania Bar Institute

  • Location: KFP537.A75 D572 2013 (Pennsylvania Collection)
  • Note: Includes forms.

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

  • Location: KFP537.A75 D573 2017 (Pennsylvania Collection)
  • Note: Includes forms.

Discovery: Where Most Cases are Won or Lost Pennsylvania Bar Institute

  • Location: KFP537.A75 D58 2009 (Pennsylvania Collection)

LexisNexis Practice Guide: Pennsylvania Civil Discovery LexisNexis

  • Location: KFP537.A29 L48 (Pennsylvania)
  • Note: Library has current year only.
  • Ebook Access: LexisNexis Digital Library via Jenkinslaw.org (Membership resource, available to all Jenkins members)
    • Note: Current year only.
    • Tip: To find this title, once in the LexisNexis Digital Library search for "Pennsylvania Civil Discovery".

Pennsylvania Discovery Lawsource Bisel

  • Location: KFP537.Z9 B58 (Pennsylvania Collection)
  • Note: Library has current year only.

Pennsylvania Discovery Practice West

  • Location: KFP537 .G5 1996 (Pennsylvania Collection)
  • Note: West's Pennsylvania Practice vol. 5
  • Electronic Access: Library WestlawNext computers
    • Source Trail: From the All Content tab, select Secondary Sources > Pennsylvania > West's Pennsylvania Practice Series > Discovery--West's Pennsylvania Practice

Pennsylvania eDiscovery ALM, The Legal Intelligencer

  • Location: KFP537.5.E4 Y35 2015 (Pennsylvania Collection)

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.

Tip: 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

  • Location: KF8900 .D57 1995 (General Collection)
  • Electronic Access: Library Westlaw computers
    • Source Trail: From the All Content tab, select Secondary Sources > Texts & Treatises > Litigation > Discovery Proceedings in Federal Court

Federal Criminal Discovery American Bar Association

  • Location: KF9650 .C37 2011 (General Collection)

Handbook of Federal Civil Discovery and Disclosure West

  • Location: KF8900 .G74 2016 (General Collection)

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.

Tip: 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

  • Location: KF8900.A3 B458 (General Collection)
  • Ebook Access: LexisNexis Digital Library via Jenkinslaw.org (Membership resource, available to all Jenkins members)
    • Note: Current edition
    • Note: Prior releases back to 2011 also available.
    • Tip: To find all 35 volumes of this title, once in the LexisNexis Digital Library search for "Bender's Forms of Discovery".
  • Electronic Access: Library Lexis computers
    • Source Trail (for forms volumes): From the Content Type tab, select Secondary Materials > Matthew Bender > Non-jurisdictional > Bender's Forms of Discovery Interrogatories (Volumes 1 to 10A)
    • Source Trail (for treatise volumes): From the Content Type tab, select Secondary Materials > Matthew Bender > Non-jurisdictional > Bender's Forms of Discovery Treatise (Volumes 11-17)

Discovery Practice Apsen

  • Location: KF8900 H416 (General Collection; Closed Stacks, Historic Collection)
  • Note: Library copy last updated 7/2013. For current version see the electronic access via Treatises On Fastcase. Previous editions available in Closed Stacks and Historic.
  • Electronic Access: Treatises On Fastcase remote access available with Jenkins' member ID number (Membership resource, available to all Jenkins members)
    • Source Trail: From the menu on the left, select Search Loislaw Libraries > Product Liability Law Library > Scientific Evidence and Experts Handbook
    • Tip: To search all of this title, leave only the the box next to this title checked, then use the search box at the top of the screen to search.
    • Tip: To browse this title by chapter, switch to "Outline View", click the plus sign next to the title. Keep clicking the plus signs to view materials.

Discovery Problems and Their Solutions American Bar Association

  • Location: KF8900 .G758 2013 (General Collection)

Pretrial Discovery: Strategy and Tactics Thomson Reuter/West

  • Location: KF8900 .I48 2019 (General Collection)

E-Discovery

eDiscovery Pennsylvania Bar Institute

  • Location: KF8902.E42 E38 2017

eDiscovery & Digital Evidence West

  • Location: KF8902.E42 E48 (General Collection)
  • Electronic Access: Library Westlaw computers
    • Source Trail: From the All Content tab, select Secondary Sources > Texts & Treatises > Litigation > eDiscovery & Digital Evidence

eDiscovery, Computer Forensics and the Cloud Pennsylvania Bar Institute

  • Location: KF8902.E42 E362 2013 (General Collection)

E-Discovery for Everyone American Bar Association

  • Location: KF8902.E42 L725 2016

eDiscovery Symposium Pennsylvania Bar Institute

  • Location: KF8902.E42 E36 2015 (General Collection)
  • Note: Also contains forms

Electronic Discovery, 2019 Practising Law Institute

  • Location: KF8902.E42 E44 2019 (General Collection)

Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence in a Nutshell West Academic

  • Location: KF8902.E42 S34 2016 (General Collection)

Electronic Discovery & Records & Information Management Guide West

  • Electronic Access: Library WestlawNext computers
    • Source Trail: From the All Content tab, select Secondary Sources > Texts & Treatises > Litigation > Electronic Discovery & Records & Information Management Guide

Electronic Discovery Deskbook Practising Law Institute

  • Location: KF8902.E42 E42 (General Collection)

Electronic Discovery for Small Cases: Managing Digital Evidence and ESI American Bar Association

  • Location: KF8902.E42 O47 2012 (General Collection)

Electronic Evidence and Discovery: What Every Lawyer Should Know Now American Bar Association

  • Location: KF8947 .L36 2009 (General Collection)

Handbook of Federal Civil Discovery and Disclosure: E-discovery and Records Management West

  • Location: KF8900 .G752 (General Collection)
  • Note: Library has current year only

Pennsylvania eDiscovery The Legal Intelligencer

  • Location: KFP537.5.E4 Y35 2017 (Pennsylvania)
  • Note: Lirbary has prior editions in Closed Stacks.

Social Media as Evidence: Cases, Practice Pointers, and Techniques American Bar Association

  • Location: KF8947.5 .B75 2013 (General Collection)
  • Note: Includes a chapter on "Discovery of social media data in a civil action"

Tackling the Tiger of e-Discovery: Real-world Perspectives from the Bench, Bar and Consultant/Vendor Worlds Pennsylvania Bar Institute

  • Location: KF8902.E42 T34 2013 (General Collection)
  • Note: Also contains forms

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.

Tip: 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

  • Location: KF8925.B84 D57 2015 (General Collection)

Discovery in Construction Litigation LexisNexis

  • Location: KF8925.B84 C156 (General Collection)
  • Ebook Access: LexisNexis Digital Library via Jenkinslaw.org (Membership resource, available to all Jenkins members)
    • Note: Current edition
    • Note: Prior releases back to 2013 also available.
    • Tip: To find this title, once in the LexisNexis Digital Library search for "Discovery in Construction Litigation".

Pattern Discovery: Employment Discrimination West

  • Location: KF8900 .D35 1993 (General Collection)
  • Electronic Access: Library Westlaw computers
    • Source Trail: From the All Content tab, select Secondary Sources > Texts & Treatises > Labor & Employment > Pattern Discovery: Employment Discrimination

Pattern Discovery: Motor Vehicles West

  • Location: KF8900 .D353 (General Collection)
  • Electronic Access: Library Westlaw computers
    • Source Trail: From the All Content tab, select Secondary Sources > Texts & Treatises > Torts & Personal Injury > Pattern Discovery: Motor Vehicles

Pattern Discovery: Premises Liability West

  • Location: KF8900 .D355 (General Collection)
  • Electronic Access: Library Westlaw computers
    • Source Trail: From the All Content tab, select Secondary Sources > Texts & Treatises > Torts & Personal Injury > Pattern Discovery: Premises Liability

Pattern Discovery: Products Liability West

  • Location: KF8900 D195 1995 (General Collection)
  • Electronic Access: Library Westlaw computers
    • Source Trail: From the All Content tab, select Secondary Sources > Texts & Treatises > Products Liability > Pattern Discovery: Products Liability

Pattern Discovery: Tort Actions West

  • Location: KF8900 .D354 (General Collection)
  • Electronic Access: Library Westlaw computers
    • Source Trail: From the All Content tab, select Secondary Sources > Texts & Treatises > Torts & Personal Injury > Pattern Discovery: Tort Actions

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