LexisNexis and Westlaw are not the best sources for cite-checking because they rarely provide documents in PDF format.
Do not delay in attempting to locate difficult sources. It may take time to receive sources that need to be borrowed from other libraries.
It may be helpful to separate sources by type (cases, statutes, journal articles) and then utilize the specific tools/resources that work best for each source.
If you can't find a website, blog or other online materials cited by the author, try using the Wayback Machine. The Wayback Machine is a digital archive of the World Wide Web and other information on the Internet created by the Internet Archive. The Internet Archive collects web pages that are publicly available. They do not archive pages that require a password to access or pages on secure servers.
If a book that you need is checked out of the Library, there's a good chance that someone working on the same article already has it.
Members of the College of Law's student publications may check out most regularly circulating books from the Law Library and ASU libraries for use in conjunction with their cite-checking assignments.
Books are checked out to the requesting student’s individual library account and are subject to all policies regarding library material. Any fees accrued are the responsibility of the student who checked out the material.
Please do not relocate library books to the journal office without first checking the items out.
Library carts may be used to transport items to the journals office, but should be unloaded and immediately returned to the Circulation Desk on the 3rd floor.
All materials relocated to the journals office must be returned to the Law Library Circulation Desk when the cite check is complete. The journals office must be cleared of library materials at the end of the year.
Please contact Carrie Henteleff with ILL questions, 480-965-7114
It’s difficult, if not impossible, for the library to obtain the following for you:
What do you do if we can't get a resource you need: ASK THE AUTHOR
Monday – Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Law Library of Congress
The Law Library of Congress provides legal and legislative research assistance for foreign, international, federal, and state law. If you are having a difficult time tracking down the resource you need, consider submitting an online inquiry for assistance. You will receive a response within 5 business days.
If you have an article citation that is missing certain pieces of information (e.g., an article citation without a volume number and the year of publication) or if it appears your citation has incorrect information, you can try to do some detective work to obtain a better citation. Both Google Books and Google Scholar. and law journal databases/sources on LexisNexis and Westlaw can be useful tools in these situations. Use as your search terms the keywords from the citation that you believe to be accurate to see if you can either pull up the article directly or find a source that has accurately cited that article.
You can also try using one or more of ASU Libraries' Research Databases to see if you can obtain a better citation. Some of the periodical databases accessible from these sites provide full-text coverage in PDF for all articles included in the databases, while others only provide citations or a mix of citations and full text (in PDF and/or non-PDF).
Remember to Ask a Librarian. We love to find hard to find sources.