Books on My Desk

Law Library Journal, Vol. 104, No. 4, pp. 597-606, 2012

10 Pages Posted: 4 Apr 2013

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Mary Whisner

University of Washington - School of Law

Date Written: November 1, 2012


Despite our increasing use of online searching, we still need and use reference books, some so frequently that we keep them within reach. In this essay, I write about some staples and reflect on my transition to using digital versions of them. Works discussed are: The Bluebook (print, online, and iPad app); BNA's Directory of State and Federal Courts, Judges, and Clerks (available as an app, but I use it in print); English dictionaries: American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (print and iPad app); Free online dictionaries:,, Oxford Dictionaries Online; OED Online (licensed product); New Oxford American Dictionary (Kindle); Black's Law Dictionary (print, Westlaw, and iPad app); Garner's Modern American Usage (print and Kindle); USCA Popular Name Table (print and Westlaw); AALL Directory & Handbook (print and online).

Keywords: reference books, librarianship, legal research, dictionaries

Suggested Citation

Whisner, Mary, Books on My Desk (November 1, 2012). Law Library Journal, Vol. 104, No. 4, pp. 597-606, 2012, Available at SSRN:

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