Bankruptcy Law Research

By Fred Dingledy
Updated May 2016

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Lexis and Westlaw require individual IDs and passwords for both off-campus and on-campus access

Library Catalog

To search for books, journals, and audiovisual materials held by William & Mary libraries, use the online catalog.

Search Tips:
  • Subject Queries--
    • Banking Law--United States
    • Bankruptcy--United States
    • Debtor and Creditor--United States
    • Collection Laws—United States
    • Collection Agencies--Law and Legislation—United States
    • Consumer Credit--Law and Legislation--United States
    • Corporate Reorganizations--United States
    • Trusts and Trustees--United States
  • Remember that individual jurisdictions can be searched, e.g. bankruptcy and Virginia.

Library of Congress Call Numbers for Bankruptcy Law: KF1501 to KF1544. Browse the shelves under these call numbers to locate relevant treatises.

To search for materials from other libraries, use the Worldcat database.

Selected Treatises

Collier on Bankruptcy. 16th ed. KF1524 C633 Available on Lexis.

Eisenberg, Theodore, ed. Debtor-Creditor Law. Available on Lexis.

Epstein, David G. Bankruptcy and Related Law in a Nutshell. 8th ed. KF1501 .E67 (Reserve)

Epstein, David G. and Steve H. Nickles. Principles of Bankruptcy Law. KF1524.3 .E67

Ferriell, Jeffrey T. and Edward J. Janger. Understanding Bankruptcy. 3d ed. KF1524 .F47 (Reserve)

Hobbs, Robert J. Fair Debt Collection. 8th ed. KF1539 .H62

Norton Bankruptcy Law and Practice 3rd. KF1524 .N67 Westlaw: NRTN-BLP

Sommer, Henry J. Consumer Bankruptcy Law and Practice. 10th ed. KF1527 .S58

Tabb, Charles Jordan. Law of Bankruptcy. 3d ed. KF1524 .T32 (Reserve)

Journal Articles

Indexes to Journal Articles

Legal Source

Some subjects to try--

  • Bankruptcy
  • Business failures
  • Collection agencies -- law and legislation
  • Consumer credit -- law & legislation
  • Debtor & creditor
  • Liquidation

Legal Trac  

Subject Queries--

  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Failures
  • Debtor and Creditor
  • Default (Finance)
  • Chapter 11
  • Collection Law
  • Consumer Credit
  • Liquidation
  • Municipal Bankruptcy
  • Truth-In-Lending

For more information on finding law review articles, including older ones, see Locating Legal and Non-Legal Journal Articles.

Full Text Articles
  • LexisNexis Bankruptcy Report
    News on bankruptcy filings and related litigation.
  • Troubled Company Reporter
    News on U.S. companies with $10M+ in assets that are reorganizing or under financial distress.
  • Wall Street Journal
    Articles on legal and financial issues of national interest.
  • American Bankruptcy Institute Journal (AMBKRIJ)
    Contains articles on bankruptcy developments of national interest.
  • American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review (AMBKRILR)
    Reviews important bankruptcy issues of interest to academics and practitioners.
  • American Bankruptcy Law Journal (AMBKRLJ)
    Includes documents on bankruptcy developments and other related topics of interest to students, academics, and practicioners.
Looseleaf Services & Newsletters
  • Bankruptcy Service: Lawyers Edition, Lawyers Co-operative Pub. Co.
    Westlaw: BKRSERVICE
  • BNA's Bankruptcy Law Daily, BNA.
    Available online.
  • BNA's Bankruptcy Law Reporter, BNA.
    Available online.
  • Norton Bankruptcy Law Adviser, Callaghan & Co.
    KF1524 .N6719
    Westlaw: NRTN-BLA
  • West's Bankruptcy Newsletter, West Publishing Co.
    Westlaw: WESTBKRN


  • West's Bankruptcy Reporter, West Publishing Co.
    KF1515 .A2 W47

Additional Resources

  • LawTrio (Legal Looseleafs in Print and Legal Newsletters in Print)
    available online.

World Wide Web Resources

American Bankruptcy
The website of the American Bankruptcy Institute. Contains links to information on U.S. bankruptcy legislation and bankruptcy news, as well as a very useful statistics section.

The Federal Judiciary - U.S. Bankruptcy Courts
Part of the website of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, this section for Bankruptcy Courts has links to statistical reports on judicial business which also includes bankruptcy proceedings. Includes links to court fee schedules, bankruptcy forms, and websites of individual bankruptcy courts, as well as basic information on bankruptcy and the filing process.

Aimed at the public, this section of Findlaw discusses the basics of bankruptcy (who it's for, difference between chapters 7 and 13), and has links to other resources.

United States Trustee Program

Division of the U.S. Department of Justice charged with overseeing the administration of bankruptcy cases. Has links to bankruptcy factsheets, trustee-issued rules, and the U.S. Trustee Manual, among other items.


American Bankruptcy Institute
66 Canal Center Plaza, Suite 600
Alexandria, VA 22314
tel: (703) 739-0800
Non-partisan organization devoted to bankruptcy research and education. Members include attorneys, bankers, professors, and various other bankruptcy professionals.

Commercial Law League of America
1000 N. Rand Rd., Suite 214
Wauconda, IL 60084
tel: (312) 240-1400
North America's leading organization of professionals in the field of collections, creditor's rights, and bankruptcy. Membership open to law students.

National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees
One Windsor Cove, Suite 305
Columbia, SC 29223
tel: (800) 445-8629
Organization for court-appointed trustees and others involved in bankruptcy proceedings. Website includes a bankruptcy FAQ and amicus briefs filed by the NABT.

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges
Jeanne Sleeper
NCBJ Executive Director
954 La Mirada St.
Laguna Beach, CA 92651-3751
Tel: (949) 497-3673 x1300
Organization of active and former bankruptcy judges. Website includes information links to websites with information for pro se bankruptcy filers.

National Consumer Law Center
7 Winthrop Sq.
Boston, MA 02110-1245
tel: (617) 542-8010
Washington, DC office:
1001 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Suite 510
Washington, DC, 20036
Phone: (202) 452-6252
Organization dedicated to helping consumers, attorneys, and public officials use consumer laws to promote marketplace justice. Publishes several very useful books for attorneys in fields related to bankruptcy, and also monitors bankruptcy legislation.