Lexis and Westlaw
Finding similar cases
and other documents
Law reviews--note that most journals do not go back
further than about 1994-1990.
Segment searching on Lexis permit topic or
"summary" searches. Both Lexis and Westlaw
permit title and author searching.
Use subject headings (especially of known materials
which are on point to locate similar items).
-- Full-text searching for about 370 law reviews
in PDF back (in many cases) to their inceptions.
Search is by title, author and full-text but not by
abstracts, subject headings or key words.
(coming soon) -- Database of indexes and tables of
contents of modern legal treatises and
Legal Periodicals & Books -- control vocabulary,
abstract service for over 900 legal journals and other
periodicals. Coverage begins in 1981.
full text of a few legal journals as other
-- abstract service for legal journals and newspapers.
Similar to Index to Legal Periodicals with over a
million articles abstracted. Coverage begins
Science Research Network--Includes legal and economic
"Research Networks" with working papers of law faculty
world's largest union catalog with over 52 million
cataloging records from 50,000 libraries around the
Databases (By Subject)
Academic Search Elite (EBSCO) -- Many full-text
legal journals and law reviews (1984 - present).
Expanded Academic (Gale) -- Large
multi-disciplinary article abstract service.
Encyclopedia Britannica -- Key encyclopedia for
background readings and bibliography.
Oxford English Dictionary -- Best source for
etymology and obscure definitions.
World Almanac -- Sources for political and
other facts. Includes Funk and Wagnalls New
Many other subject specific journal and abstract
General Legal Subject Resources
Wex (Cornell Legal Information Institute)
· Combined legal encyclopedia and dictionary of legal subjects.
It functions like Wikipedia and new authors are welcome. Perhaps the only
truly comprehensive subject commentary for legal subjects on the web.
Cornell L. Research Encyclopedia
· Subject arrangement of legal websites provided by Cornell Law
Legal Subjects Index (FindLaw) ·
· Findlaw's subject arrangement of web links based upon legal
Practice Areas Index (LexisOne)
· LexisOne's subject arrangement of web links based upon legal
Zimmerman's Legal Research Guide
· Comprehensive repository of research guides on legal subjects.
Excellent resource for mapping out your research. Some background
information and content is provided.
Yahoo Law ·
Yahoo's subject organization of law.
Browse Gov. Topics (GPO) ·
· Excellent subject arrangement to federal government web sites
and documents. Maintained by Oklahoma State University Library.
Meta-Subject Index to Gov. Info.
· Extensive subject arrangement of subjects. Utilizes
Infomine and other resources. Cut and past suggested
subject headings into the Infomine search engine.
Law Review (USC)
· http://lawweb.usc.edu/library/resources/journals.htm · Links to
law reviews and journals with electronic content available on the Web.
Academic Law Reviews & Journals (Findlaw)
· Links to law reviews and journals organized by subject. Free
electronic journals are available through Findlaw's
University Law Review Project (http://www.lawreview.org).
Open Access Law Journals ·
· Links to journals committed to open access principles of
Creative Commons Science Commons. May provide access to electronic
Law Reviews: Submissions & Rankings
· Excellent site providing subject arrangements of over 1,200 law
reviews and journals. Many of the journals are ranked by number of
citations, number of citations per article, number of citations in US
courts, and average time until articles are cited. Links to publish
information. Excellent cite for authors and libraries.
Law Journal Abstract List Serv (University
L. Rev. Project) ·
http://www.findlaw.com/lists/ulrpsubscribe.html · Sign up for
list serve with abstracts from law reviews.
BePress Legal Repository ·
· Access to scholarly working papers, journals and working paper
series. Place for scholars to upload papers. Information on most
frequently downloaded papers.
L. Research Network (SSRN) ·
· Access to scholarly working
papers, journals and working paper series. Place for scholars to upload
papers. Some content may cost money if you are not with a educational
institution. Information on most frequently downloaded authors and titles.
Book Reviews & New Titles
Law & Politics Book Review ·
Yale L. Lib. Acquisitions ·
AcqWeb's Director of Law Publishers and
Vendors · http://acqweb.library.vanderbilt.edu/pubr/law.html