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Finding Articles

Tools, tips, and techniques for finding articles about law and related subjects.


These four non-full-text tools are especially useful when you need to separate articles that are actually about a concept, law, case, or person from articles that merely make a passing mention of the concept, law, case or person.

Index to Legal Periodicals & Books Retrospective

Index to Legal Periodicals includes citations to almost all articles from almost every U.S. law review or journal for the time periods it covers. Searches using broad, general terms — searches that often get too many irrelevant results in full-text search tools — often succeed in Index to Legal Periodicals.

Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP)

Articles Published Abroad: Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (IFLP) and Legal Journals Index (LJI)

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.)

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