This page includes tips and sources for retrieving both law review articles and non-law journal articles. While Lexis and Westlaw might seem to be the most obvious choices for locating journal articles, these services have two significant drawbacks: first, they only rarely provide page numbering from the original; second, their coverage for journals only goes back to 1980 for most titles. You have access to a number of electronic databases articles in PDF format which provides the same page images found in the print versions. Some are available through the Law Library website and some through the ASU Libraries website.
ASU Libraries Catalog - Journal Title Lookup
Google and Google Scholar
You can use Google to look for the Journal's website. Some journals make PDF copies freely available. Sometimes Google Scholar may point you to a PDF copy as well, especially if the journal is online-only.
The HeinOnline database collection provides online, image-based access to law periodical titles previously only available in print, as well as other primary and secondary resources of historic significance. Its libraries contain numerous complete runs of titles from the first volume, predating coverage available on either LexisNexis or Westlaw for most titles. HeinOnline's most attractive feature for cite checkers is that it contains full-text exact page images of law reviews and journals, U.S. Reports, the Federal Register, and other primary and secondary legal sources. There is no difference between looking at a PDF version of a law review volume and looking at the actual print volume. In addition, Hein provides information on how it can be utilized as a cite-checking tool in its Cite Check in Seconds guide.
Use the search box below to search across the HeinOnline Law Journal Library using any of the following fields: text, creator, title, date, description, state or country. To search across multiple fields, use boolean operators to combine fields.
The LexisNexis Law Reviews and Journals and the Westlaw Journals and Law Reviews (JLR) databases contain hundreds of full text law reviews and bar journals. These periodicals can be searched as a group, individually, by topic or jurisdiction. There are separate files for newspapers including some foreign newspapers.
Library Catalogs do not list individual articles in journals, law reviews, newspapers and other periodicals. Use indexes to identify articles on a topic or by an author or to fill in missing information of a citation. Use indexes to complement Westlaw or LexisNexis because even though they don't have the full text of an article, they may cover journals not included in Westlaw or LexisNexis.
Ulrich's Periodicals Directory is a source of detailed information on more than 300,000 periodicals (also called serials) of all types: academic and scholarly journals, e-journals, peer-reviewed titles, popular magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and more. Ulrichsweb covers more than 900 subject areas. Ulrich's records provide data points such as ISSN, publisher, language, subject, abstracting & indexing coverage, full-text database coverage and tables of contents, and reviews written by librarians. TIP: Use the advanced search to narrow by language, by subject, to find journals that have ceased publication, etc.
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