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Animal Law Research

How to find scholarly books and articles, primary law, and news related to animal law.


Articles — especially law review/journal articles — will give you detailed discussions of very specific issues, and will cite extensively cases, statutes, regulations, and other useful sources.

The Zief Law Library's Finding Articles guide links to and describes the full range of options for finding law review/law journal articles. This page highlights several tools and methods that are useful for animal law research.

This page also highlights some sources for finding non-legal, scholarly articles relevant to animal law.

Journals of interest may include:

Full-Text Law Review Articles - Westlaw Edge & Lexis+

For full-text law review and journal sources on Westlaw and Lexis, experiment with these strategies to enhance the relevance of your results:

  • Using the "advanced" template in Westlaw's "Law Reviews & Journals" source or the "Advanced Search" template in Lexis Advance's "Law Reviews and Journals" source

  • Running terms & connectors ("Boolean") searches, especially using the grammatical connectors. The grammatical connectors are w/p and w/s on Lexis. They're /p and /s on Westlaw)

  • Searching in the Title field or segment, e.g.,

    title(animal and abuse)
  • Natural language searching

Full-Text Law Review Articles - HeinOnline

The Law Journals Library from HeinOnline contains the largest collection of full-text law review and law journal articles anywhere, easily surpassing what's available Lexis or Westlaw. The mostly-natural-language search engine is increasingly sophisticated.

Law Review Articles - Index to Legal Periodicals

For alternatives to the more widely-used article-finding tools, try Index to Legal Periodicals. Broad searches in ILP often return more thorough and more relevant results than you might get from other law review sources.

Finding Non-Legal Articles - Gleeson Library Resources

To find non-legal articles, try starting with Gleeson Library's Databases page. Of the many research options available there, he following selected, specialized tools for finding articles and books in the social sciences will be useful to researchers with multi-disciplinary topics

If you find a citation to an article but no (working) link to the text, use USF's Journal Finder to see if USF has the journal in print or digital format.

Legal & Non-Legal Articles - Google Scholar

Google Scholar, while not comprehensive, provides a quick way to get a cross-disciplinary set of articles. It can be especially useful as you start your research and are still refining your search terms.

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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