Law Library News
Oct. 31, 2005.
by Kristy Moon
If you’re looking for journal articles, you have vast resources at your disposal. The Law Library subscribes to almost all the law reviews and journals published by the 190 ABA-approved law schools. The UW Libraries subscribe to thousands of other journals.
If you have a citation to an article, search the Law Library catalog or the UW Libraries catalog to see if the journal is available in print or electronically. Search for the title of the journal, not the article.
Tip: For the Law Library’s catalog, use the keywords search and limit your search to “Serials only.” For the UW Libraries’ catalog, click on “Journal searches” and the screen will turn blue. Now books won’t be included in your search results!
If you don’t have a citation, you might begin with an index. For online indexes, go to the Law Library’s homepage and click on “Legal Databases & Indexes” under the heading “Research.”
The Law Library also has print indexes such as Current Law Index, Index to Legal Periodicals, and Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (K33 Reference Area).
Once you retrieve a citation using an index, you’re ready to search the catalog (see above).
You can bypass the index and the catalog and instead do full-text keywords searches.
LexisNexis, Westlaw, and Hein Online will provide full-text article searching. LexisNexis and Westlaw provide law review from the early 1990s to date.
Hein Online has scanned hundreds of law reviews and journals, beginning with volume 1 of each title (it’s nice to see articles in PDF).
From the Law Library’s homepage, click on “Legal Databases & Indexes” under the heading “Research.” You can do full-text keywords search or pull up articles by citation.
The UW Libraries subscribe to many e-journals and full-text databases.
by Cheryl Nyberg
LegalTrac is a great tool for identifying law review articles by subject. Recently, a new search option became available on LegalTrac: the Relevance search.