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Researching a Law School Seminar Paper or Law Review Note: Finding Legal Scholarship

Databases and resources for law students researching a seminar paper or law review note.

Getting Started

Legal scholarship can come in a variety of formats:

1. Law review articles. These may be written by academics, law students (student notes), or practicing attorneys. 

2. Books. Frequently authored by academics, these provide in-depth analyses of particular issues. 

3. Current awareness/analysis. These are usually authored by practitioners and may appear in current awareness publications, such as BNA Law Reports, but may also appear in blogs or online supplements offered by law reviews.

4. Unpublished scholarship/working papers.

Below are some links to help you find these different resources. Always consider which formats may be most popular for your topic.  

Searching Law Reviews, Journals, and Other Legal Periodicals

There are many different ways to locate relevant articles related to your subject. You can do full-text searching in Google Scholar, Lexis, Westlaw, the library catalogs, or a number of other databases (for useful non-legal databases, see the Non-Legal tab). 

You might also be able to more efficiently locate material by searching specific fields in an advanced search. This allows you to search for words in the title or summary. Also, see the Indexes, listed below, which you can search by subject. 


If you ever wondered how someone was able to locate all of the articles that discuss a particular topic, that person probably used an index! Check out the indexes below and search by subject or keyword to locate articles. 

Working Papers, Reports, and Unpublished Scholarship

Searching for Books

To locate books/monographs, just search the library catalog! Or, if you are looking beyond the library, check out one of the other resources listed. 

Legal Newspapers, Blogs, and Other Current Awareness Tools