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Monday, August 23, 2010

ABA Free Full-text Online Law Review/Journal Search Engine

Searching for law journal articles can be challenging for those who do not have access to any of the commercial legal periodical indexes such as LegalTrac but the ABA has a free search engine available here. This free resource enables the user to search the free full text (including PDF articles) of over 350 online legal periodicals along with academic papers and Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports. This is useful because there are several law journals that now have recent articles in PDF posted on their websites. Keep in mind that the coverage of this search engine is incomplete and researchers will likely need to use other indexes and visit a law library to obtain certain articles, especially those that are dated. However, this is an effective tool for locating free articles and will likely increase in coverage in the future.


  1. It seems that this has been down for awhile, but I found a link to the Free Full-Text Online Law Review/Journal Search Engine that used to be linked from the ABA's homepage--it's a Google Custom Search engine located at: http://www.google.com/cse/home?cx=000933248691480580078:57y4iyinbqe

    It's very handy for article research...

  2. Thanks for pointing out the problem. That page currently can be accessed at http://www.americanbar.org/groups/departments_offices/legal_technology_resources/resources/free_journal_search.html, and the original posting is now revised.