What are law digests?

  • A digest helps you to find cases on a specific legal issue or topic.
  • West digests use headnotes and key numbers to organize and summarize all cases by subject.
  •  A digest is a set of books that has legal issues organized by topic. 
  • Each one of these legal topics are divided into subtopics. 
  • The digest books give a citation and brief summary of all reported cases that discuss the subtopic. 
  • These citations and summaries allow the legal researcher to find cases that are most similar to the client’s legal situation.

Digests in the Law Library

  •  Kentucky Digest -- Current
  •  American Digest:  1897-1906
  •  3rd Decennial Digest:  1916-1928
  •  4th Decennial Digest:  1926-1936
  •  5th Decennial Digest:  1936-1946
  •  6th Decennial Digest: 1946-1956
  •  7th Decennial Digest:  1956-1966
  •  8th Decennial Digest:  1966-1976
  •  9th Decennial Digest:  1976-1986
  •  Federal Practice Digest 2d --  Not Current
  •  Federal Practice Digest 3rd -- Not Current
  •  Federal Practice Digest 4th -- Not Current
  •  West's General Digest -- Not Current
  •  10th Decennial Digest Part 1:  1986-1991
  •  10th Decennial Digest Part 2:  1991-1996
  •  11th Decennial Digest Part 1:  1996-2001
  •  11th Decennial Digest Part 2:  2001-2004
  •  11th Decennial Digest Part 3:  2004-2007
  •  12th Decennial Digest Part 1:  2008-2010
  •  Modern Federal Practice Digest -- Not Current
  •  General Digest -- Not Current
  •  U.S. Supreme Court Digest (West) -- Not Current
  •  U.S. Supreme Court Digest Lawyer's Edition (LexisNexis) -- Not Current

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