Finding Legal Journal Articles on a Certain Topic (Legal Periodical Indexes)
Instead of searching for journal articles using Lexis or Westlaw, why not try one of the library's legal periodical indexes. These indexes offer better coverage and better searching capability. The two major online legal periodical indexes that can be accessed from the library's web page are the Index to Legal Periodicals, which covers all major law reviews and bar journals, with coverage from 1918 to the present, and Legaltrac, which covers law reviews, bar journals, and legal newspapers, with coverage from 1980 to the present. Both indexes can be accessed from on-campus or off-campus computers.
The indexes give you citations to articles and, in some cases, the full text of the articles themselves. When the indexes give you the citations only, to get the full text, you can either:
click on the icon or link marked "library holdings" or "check for holdings in the law school library." This will link you directly to the library's online catalog. If the library has the journal in print, the catalog will give you the location and will also include a link to the full text online version of the journal if the library has online access, OR
go to the E-Journal Locator on the library's web page, which will tell you if the library has full text online access to the journal and will link you directly to the appropriate online database.