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Finding Law Journal Articles

If you are looking for articles on a particular research topic, the law library offers access to several databases that index and provide the full-text of law journal and law review articles. Each of these databases can be accessed from the Legal Databases drop-down list located on the law library’s main page.

LegalTrac indexes approximately 875 legal periodicals and provides the full-text of articles from over 100, going as far back as 1981. If the database does not provide the full-text of an article, it will provide a citation that you can use to find the article in another database or in print.

HeinOnline contains full-text, pdf copies of articles from over 1,200 law and law-related periodicals, both U.S. and international. The content typically stretches back to the first volume of each journal and is carried forward to the most current issue allowed by the publisher.

JSTOR is an interdisciplinary archive of over 1,000 academic journals, including many related to law. It provides access to the full-text of articles back to the first volume of each journal. However, like HeinOnline, the most recently published issues of each journal may not be available.

Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (IFLP) indexes approximately 470 international and comparative law journals published worldwide, going as far back as 1985. Since the full-text of each article is not provided, use the citation to find the article in a full-text database or in print.

Social Science Research Network (SSRN) contains the abstracts of scholarly working papers and forthcoming papers as well as a full-text electronic paper collection. Coverage for a particular journal will vary, as articles are submitted by individual scholars.

If you need assistance using any of these databases, feel free to ask at the reference desk!

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