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"American Jurisprudence, 2nd Edition, is an encyclopedic text of both procedural and substantive American law, state, federal, criminal, civil and procedural. Consisting of over 430 topic headings (titles), Am Jur 2d articles collect, examine, and summarize the broad principles of American law and, at the same time, provide direct leads to supporting cases, related annotations, forms, proofs, and trial techniques."
Start with legal encyclopedias for explanations about general principles of law and appropriate references to statutes and cases: