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Getting Started

Getting Started with this guide

This guide is meant to help you find laws and information on bankruptcy issues; the goal is to provide useful (but not exhaustive) resources. Research requires analysis and synthesis of information, and no one resource will likely provide sufficient information or data on any given topic.

Use the tabs at the right while conducting your research to explore:

  • Laws and regulations governing bankruptcy issues
  • Government agencies controlling bankruptcy issues
  • Practice and study aids, i.e., bankruptcy treatises
  • News sources, including blogs
  • Practical and scholarly articles

The Administrative Office of the US Courts has an overview of Bankruptcy Basics, including summaries of the process, the differences between chapters 7, 11, and 13, and a glossary for your review.

For many of the databases in this guide, you will need your Harvard University ID and PIN.  For others, you may need to register to gain access.  If you have any trouble accessing a database, please contact the library.

Primary Sources

Statutes and Regulations

Case Law

Secondary Sources

Journals & Articles

Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search


Search Law Journal Library


Government Resources

Practice Materials & Study Aids

Study Aids

Practice Pages



For additional information, refer to the Library's Research Guide on Statistical and Data-Related Resources.

Current Awareness


Find current news, cases, analysis, and monitoring of bankruptcy topics from these resources.


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