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Tools, tips, and techniques for finding articles about law and related subjects.
Last Updated: Mar 1, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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In This Guide...

These are the major tools for USF researchers seeking law review and journal articles on legal topics they are researching.

There are great full-text tools as well as some excellent non-full-text tools for finding articles.

For more information about the features, pros and cons of each tool, see the Tips, Advice, and Comparisons section of this guide. 

For specific search techniques, see the downloadable "cheat sheets" below.

(For non-legal articles try Gleeson Library's Databases.)

Is the Journal I Need at USF?

So you have a citation to a great-sounding article — but not direct link to the full text....

How do you tell if the article is available at USF?

Just use USF's "Journal Finder" to look up the title of the journal that published the article. If that journal is available at USF, it will (usually) show up in the journal finder.  

(One caveat: the Journal Finder doesn't tell you if a journal is on Westlaw or on Lexis Advance.)

  • Journal Finder - USF Libraries
    Enter the title of the journal to see if USF has the journal and article you need. (A link to "USF Print and Online Journal Holdings" means that one of the USF libraries has the journal - or some years of it - in print.) (For off-campus access to digital journals in your Journal Finder results, enter your last name and USF ID number.)

Full-Text Tools for Finding Law Review Articles

  • Law Journal Library - HeinOnline  
    Almost complete, full-text coverage of all United States law reviews and journals, in most cases starting with the first volume of the journal and including all but the most recent volume. For search tips, see the cheat sheet. (For current USF students, faculty, and staff.) [If remote access is not working, try this on-campus HeinOnline link.]
  • Law Reviews & Journals - Westlaw
    Use the "advanced" search template to boost the relevance of your results.
  • Law Reviews on LexisNexis Academic
    Extensive selection of full-text law review articles beginning in the late 1980s or early 1990s. To search law review articles: after connecting to LexisNexis Academic, select "Advanced Options" (just below the search box), then select only "Law Reviews" as your “"Content Type." For search tips, see the Cheat Sheet. (For current USF non-law students, faculty and staff.)
  • Legal Scholarship Network
    Scholarly working papers (articles in progress) and articles recently accepted for publication. Not a comprehensive source. (Available to all.)

Non-Legal Articles - Gleeson Library Databases

If you're looking for non-legal articles, start at Gleeson Library's databases page.

  • Gleeson Library - Databases
    Research databases for finding articles, news, dissertations, statistics, books, and more. Organized by topic/discipline and alphabetically. Also includes multi-disciplinary databases. From USF's Gleeson Library.

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