Research guides

Evidence and Discovery

Evidence

Evidence is both "[s]omething (including testimony, documents and tangible objects) that tends to prove or disprove the existence of an alleged fact" and "[t]he body of law regulating the admissibility of what is offered as proof into the record of a legal proceeding." Evidence, Black's Law Dictionary (10th ed. 2014).

A sampling of the materials Jenkins has on evidence is listed below. For more sources, try searching the Jenkins' catalog for evidence. 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 information regarding evidence.

Pennsylvania

Admissibility of Evidence: A Manual for Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers West

  • Location: KFP540.Z9 F57 2007 (Pennsylvania Collection)
  • Note: West's Pennsylvania Practice vol. 1A
  • Electronic Access: Library Westlaw computers
    • Source Trail: From the All Content tab, select Secondary Sources > Pennsylvania > West's Pennsylvania Practice Series > Admissibility of Evidence - A Manual for Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers

Binder on Pennsylvania Evidence Pennsylvania Bar Institute

  • Location: KFP540.A75 B5 (Pennsylvania Collection; Closed Stacks)
  • Note: Library has current edition in Pennsylvania Collection; previous editions in Closed Stacks

Ohlbaum on the Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence LexisNexis

  • Location: KFP540.A437 O3 (Pennsylvania Collection)
  • Note: Library has current year only.
  • Ebook Access: LexisNexis Digital Library via Jenkinslaw.org (Membership resource, available to all Jenkins members)
    • Note: 2014-2015, 2013-2014, and 2011-2012 editions available.
    • Tip: To find this title, once in the LexisNexis Digital Library search for "Ohlbaum on the Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence".
  • Electronic Access: Library Lexis computers
    • Source Trail: From the States tab, select Pennsylvania > Ohlbaum on the Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence (under Secondary Materials)

Pennsylvania Evidence West

  • Location: KFP540 P33 2013 (Pennsylvania Collection)
  • Note: West's Pennsylvania Practice vol. 1
  • Electronic Access: Library Westlaw computers
    • Source Trail: From the All Content tab, select Secondary Sources > Pennsylvania > West's Pennsylvania Practice Series > Evidence--West's Pennsylvania Practice

Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence: with Comments of the Committee on Rules of Evidence Gann Law Books

  • Location: KFP540 .P4g (Pennsylvania Collection)
  • Note: Library has current year only.

Pennsylvania Trial Guide: Evidence Bisel

  • Location: KFP540 .F4 (Pennsylvania Collection; Closed Stacks)
  • Note: Library has current edition in Pennsylvania Collection; previous edition in Closed Stacks

Weissenberger's Pennsylvania Evidence ... Courtroom Manual Anderson Pub. Co.

  • Location: KFP540.A59 W34 (Pennsylvania Collection)
  • Note: Library has current year only.
  • Ebook Access: LexisNexis Digital Library via Jenkinslaw.org (Membership resource, available to all Jenkins members)
    • Note: 2015 and 2016 editions available.
    • Tip: To find this title, once in the LexisNexis Digital Library search for "Pennsylvania Evidence Courtroom Manual".
  • Electronic Access: Library Lexis computers
    • Source Trail: From the States tab, select Pennsylvania > All Pennsylvania Treatises,Practice Guides & Jurisprudence (under Secondary Materials) > Pennsylvania Evidence Courtroom Manual

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 information on evidence.

Federal

Destruction of Evidence Wiley Law Publications

  • Location: KF8947 G666 1989 (General Collection)
  • Note: Library copy last updated 5/2013. For current version see the electronic access via Treatises On Fastcase.
  • 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 > Evidence Library > Destruction of Evidence
    • 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.

Evidence in a Nutshell West

  • Location: KF8935.Z9 R6 2012 (General Collection)

Evidence: Practice under the Rules Aspen Publishers

  • Location: KF8935 .M84 2012 (General Collection)
  • Note: Library copy last updated 2013. For current version see the electronic access via Treatises On Fastcase.
  • 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 > Evidence Library > Evidence: Practice under the Rules, 4th edition
    • 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.

Federal Evidence West

  • Location: KF8935 .M845 2013 (General Collection)
  • Electronic Access: Library Westlaw computers
    • Source Trail: From the All Content tab, select Secondary Sources > Text & Treatises > Evidence > Federal Evidence (Mueller & Kirkpatrick)

Federal Rules of Evidence in a Nutshell West

  • Location: KF8935.Z9 G7 2015 (General Collection)

Federal Rules of Evidence Manual LexisNexis

  • Location: KF8935 R313 2015 (General Collection)
  • Note: Prior editions back to 1975 available in Historic and Closed Stacks.
  • Ebook Access: LexisNexis Digital Library via Jenkinslaw.org (Membership resource, available to all Jenkins members)
    • Note: 11th and 10th editions available.
    • Tip: To find all 6 volumes of this title, once in the LexisNexis Digital Library search for "Federal Rules of Evidence Manual".

Handbook of Federal Evidence West

  • Location: KF8935 G741 2016 (General Collection)
  • Electronic Access: Library Westlaw computers
    • Source Trail: From the All Content tab, select Secondary Sources > Texts & Treatises > Evidence > Handbook of Federal Evidence

McCormick on Evidence West

  • Location: KF8935.Z9 M131 2013 (General Collection)

Weinstein's Federal Evidence LexisNexis

  • Location: KF8935.A7 W424 1997 (General Collection)
  • Electronic Access: Library Lexis computers
    • Source Trail: From the Content Type tab, select Secondary Materials > Federal > Weinstein's Federal Evidence

Tip: Some federal information may also be available in general evidence treatises. For a selection of these materials, see the General box below.

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 information on evidence.

General

Art of Advocacy: Documentary Evidence LexisNexis

  • Location: KF8947 L767 1986 (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 2010 also available.
    • Tip: To find this title, once in the LexisNexis Digital Library search for "Art of Advocacy: Documentary Evidence".

eDiscovery & Digital Evidence West

  • Location: KF8947 .G8 2005 (General Collection)
  • Electronic Access: Library Westlaw computers
    • Source Trail: From the All Content tab, select Secondary Sources > Texts & Treatises > Litigation > eDiscovery & Digital Evidence

Jones on Evidence, Civil and Criminal West

  • Location: KF8935.A7 J76 1992 (General Collection)

The New Wigmore: A Treatise on Evidence: Expert Evidence Wolters Kluwer

  • Location: KF8935.A7 W659 2011 (General Collection)

Evidence in Trials at Common Law Wolters Kluwer

  • Location: KF8935 .A7 W659 (General Collection)
  • Note: Also referred to as Wigmore on Evidence.
  • Note: Library copy last updated 11/2013. For current version see the electronic access via Treatises On Fastcase.
  • 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 > Evidence Library > Wigmore on Evidence
    • 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.
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Exculpatory Evidence LexisNexis

  • Location: KF9678 .I48 2015 (General Collection)
  • Note: Library has previous edition in Closed Stacks.
  • Ebook Access: LexisNexis Digital Library via Jenkinslaw.org (Membership resource, available to all Jenkins members)
    • Note: 4th and 3rd editions available
    • Tip: To find this title, once in the LexisNexis Digital Library search for "Exculpatory Evidence".

Modern Visual Evidence Law Journal Press

  • Location: KF8967 J83 (General Collection)
  • Electronic Access: Law Journal Press remote access available with Jenkins' member ID number (Membership resource, available to law firms with less than 50 attorneys)
    • Note: Title located in the "Litigation" practice area.

Tip: Some general information may also be available in federal focused evidence treatises. For a selection of these materials, see the Federal box above.

Electronic Evidence

eDiscovery and Digital Evidence West

  • Location: KF8902.E42 E48 (General Collection)

Electronic Discovery Law Journal Press

  • Electronic Access: Law Journal Press remote access available with Jenkins' member ID number (Membership resource, available to law firms with less than 50 attorneys)
  • Note: Title located in the "Litigation" practice area.

Electronic Discovery and Digital Evidence in a Nutshell West Academic

  • Location: KF8902.E42 S34 2016 (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)

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"

Uncovering Digital Evidence: Mobile Device Forensics Pennsylvania Bar Institute

  • Location: KF8902.E42 U52 2014 (General Collection)

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

Tip: For more sources on electronic evidence, try searching the Jenkins' catalog for electronic evidence or digital evidence. To narrow the search, try adding other keywords.

Subject Specific

Bankruptcy Evidence Manual West

  • Location: KF1527 .B334 (General Collection)
  • Electronic Access: Library Westlaw computers
    • Source Trail: From the All Content tab, select Secondary Sources > Texts & Treatises > Bankruptcy > Bankruptcy Evidence Manual

Courtroom Criminal Evidence LexisNexis

  • Location: KF9660 .C68 2016 (General Collection)
  • Note: Previous edition available in Closed Stacks.
  • Ebook Access: LexisNexis Digital Library via Jenkinslaw.org (Membership resource, available to all Jenkins members)
    • Note: 5th edition
    • Note: Prior releases back to 2013 also available.
    • Tip: To find both volumes of this title, once in the LexisNexis Digital Library search for Imwinkelried "Courtroom Criminal Evidence".

Engineering Evidence West

  • Location: KF8968.25 .S39 (General Collection)

Modern Scientific Evidence: The Law & Science of Expert Testimony West

  • Location: KF8961 .M63 (General Collection)
  • Electronic Access: Library Westlaw computers
    • Source Trail: From the All Content tab, select Secondary Sources > Texts & Treatises > Evidence > Modern Scientific Evidence: The Law & Science of Expert Testimony

Psychiatric and Psychological Evidence West

  • Location: KF8965 .S58 (General Collection)

Psychological and Scientific Evidence in Criminal Trials West

  • Location: KF9674 .M67 (General Collection)

Scientific Evidence LexisNexis

  • Location: KF8961 .G53 2012 (General Collection)
  • Ebook Access: LexisNexis Digital Library via Jenkinslaw.org (Membership resource, available to all Jenkins members)
    • Note: 5th edition
    • Note: Prior releases back to 2012 also available.
    • Tip: To find both volumes of this title, once in the LexisNexis Digital Library search for "Scientific Evidence".

Scientific Evidence and Experts Handbook Wolters Kluwer

  • 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.
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Wharton's Criminal Evidence West

  • Location: KF9660.A75 W553 1997 (General Collection)
  • Electronic Access: Library Westlaw computers
    • Source Trail: From the All Content tab, select Secondary Sources > Texts & Treatises > Criminal Law > Wharton's Criminal Evidence

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