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Keeping Current On The Law: Books

Many online resources enable readers to create alerts to keep current on the latest legal information.

New Books Alerts

A range of ebook collections permit users to create alerts for new books. Below are some selected resources. Many will require users to create an account.

Strategies to Learn of New Books

  • Search WorldCat. Try using the keyword field if you are searching for books a particular topic. 
  • Search Google Books. You can filter the search results for recent titles by year, by selecting the filter above 'Any time' and then specifying a custom date range.
  • Consult new acquisition lists put out by some law libraries, such as those on the Biddle Law Library Website and the UC Davis Library Website. The American Association of Law Libraries maintains a list of acquisition feeds here.
  • The Law Library Journal published by the American Association of Law Libraries, as well as other publications may maintain lists of new publications and book reviews, e.g. Chava Spivak-Birndorf & Matt Timko, Keeping up with New Legal Titles, 115 Law Libr. J. 473 (2023).
  • Monitor publications or online sources reporting on new titles, such as EdelweissChronicle of Higher Education, Booklist Online, Book ForumArts & Letters DailyPublishers Weekly (offers newsletter) and publisher websites (many offer email alert services). 
  • Review Amazon's “Hot Releases” by category. Unfortunately though, the categories are very broad, with "Law" being one such category
  • Consult Books in Print. Publishers generally input records well before a book is published.
  • Read book reviews. This tab provides resources on finding book reviews. However, depending on the publication, book reviews can be published significantly after the publication of the book.
  • Subscribe to press catalogs offered by some publishers and publisher email lists.
  • Monitor blog entries in subject-area blogs. Follow a website or social media outlet that informs on new books.