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How to Search for Restatements in the American Law Institute Library

To search for restatements in HeinOnline, navigate to the American Law Institute Library and select the Restatements & Principles of the Law subcollection. Categories in this subcollection are listed in alphabetical order.

image of American Law Institute Library homepage listing of restatements

Select a category for the list of available titles in the category. Click the “more information” link for a detailed description of the title.

screenshot of list of available titles in a category, highlighting More Information link

To search for specific Restatement sections, use the Restatement Section Locator tool found on the American Law Institute Library homepage. Watch this short video or keep reading to learn how to use this tool.

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.

image of restatement section locator tool in the American Law Institute Library database

Users are then directed to a list containing section 42 across all of the volumes. Select the first volume listed to be directed to section 42 of the main volume.

screenshot of list of volumes containing section 42 highlighting the main volume
screenshot of section 42 within volume

To search for specific Restatement material, select “Advanced Search” under the main search bar.

For example, using the Advanced Search tool, search for section titles containing the word torts and documents containing the word liability in the document text. Select “Restatements & Principles of the Law” under document type.

image of Advanced Search within the American Law institute library

Sort your results by relevance, volume date, and more. Use the facets on the left side of the screen to refine your results. Terms that match your search criteria will be boldfaced.

screenshot search results in American Law Institute Library, highlighting boldfaced matching text and search refine options

Restatement citations can be found throughout HeinOnline. If a Restatement citation exists within a document, it will be a highlighted inline hyperlink. Clicking on the link will take the user to the title and section cited.

screenshot of document in HeinOnline highlighting citation inline hyperlink
screenshot of restatement in American Law Institute Library

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