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Preemption Checking for Law Reviews & Journals

Make sure your note, comment, or article is sufficiently original to be published; use this guide to walk through your search for similar scholarship.

Why Books?

Keep in mind that a book might contain a chapter or section that covers your topic. The tools on this page will help you check books for potentially-preempting content.

Finding Scholarly Books at USF - Ignacio

Ignacio searches broad descriptions of books. These are just a few examples of Ignacio keyword searches for legal topics:

"insider trading" law
"first amendment" religio*
"fundamental rights" united states
energy law
"family law" comparative
"discrimination in employment" "law and legislation"
"european union" law environment*
"european union" law employ*
"human rights" europ*

To further refine your Ignacio search results, select "Law Stacks" from the "Location" options on the left-hand side of the results screen.

Finding Scholarly Books Worldwide — WorldCat

To find scholarly books worldwide, try WorldCat.

WorldCat searches broad descriptions of books. Here are some examples of WorldCat keyword searches for books on legal topics:

"dispute resolution" indigenous
family leave law
police interrogation law
copyright comparative
"european union" and "intellectual property" and reform*

For even more flexible searching, try WorldCat Advanced Search.

In WorldCat Advanced Search, try "Subject" searches, which can be very thorough and powerful. (You can combine "Subject" searches with key words and can narrow your search in a number of ways.) Here are some examples of Subject searches:

"Intellectual property" "European Union countries"
Discrimination "European Union countries"

Finding Books Worldwide — Google Books

Find books by searching the full text of books using Google Books.

Because Google Books searches the full text, you can often get good results with more narrow, specific searches than would be useful in Doncore or WorldCat — searches such as:

"eminent domain" "public use" kelo
"digital rights management" "fair use"
"rational basis with bite"
"age discrimination"
"part time" work "comparative law"
"european union" law climate change carbon trading
"european union" privacy databases

With Advanced Search, you can search by author and title, and limit by publication date.

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