How do I locate a law review article?
Law review, or law journal, articles can be found in multiple places, including online databases and print copies within the Law Library?s collection. The main online databases useful for locating law review articles are Westlaw, LexisNexis, and HeinOnline. You must have your own password to access Westlaw and LexisNexis. HeinOnline, a licensed database, is accessed through the Library?s web page. Most journal articles in Westlaw and LexisNexis are in an html format, whereas HeinOnline provides articles in PDF (portable document format). PDF documents are an exact image of the original print version, so they are useful for cite checking and verifying page numbers.
Another online tool useful for locating law review articles is LegalTrac, a legal periodicals indexing service also available through the Law Library's web page. LegalTrac indexes all major law reviews, legal newspapers, specialty law publications, bar association journals, and thousands of law-related articles from general interest publications. You can browse or search by key terms. However, LegalTrac provides only the citation; it does not provide full-text for most articles. A similar indexing tool is available in print format, the Index to Legal Periodicals and Books, located in the Law Library's third floor reference section at Call Number K 33 .I545.
Print versions of law review articles can also be found in the Law Library?s collection. Most law reviews and journals are located on the fourth floor of the Library, arranged alphabetically by title. To determine whether the Law Library carries a particular title in print, you can check Pegasus for the journal title. You must search Pegasus by the title of the law review, not the particular article or author you seek, because that level of detailed information is not included in Pegasus journal records.
Prepared by Kira Zaporski