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Legal Research Review: Legal Periodicals

Legal Periodicals

Legal Periodicals

  • Types
    •  Law school reviews
    • Specialized and scholarly journals
    • Bar association journals
    • Legal newspapers
  • Use
    • Background information
    • In Depth information
    • Developing areas of law
    • Cites to Primary authority

Locating Law Review Articles

Index to Legal Periodicals

  • Good for finding law journal articles and book reviews
  • Has a historical database dating from 1908-1981
  • Has a current database dating from 1981 to the present
  • Selected full text from 1995 - present
  • standardized subject headings


  • Much overlap with Index to Legal Periodicals, but adds cites to legal newspapers
  • More extensive coverage of non-scholarly materials, i.e. bar journals, newsletters, newspapers, etc.
  • No historical (pre 1980) coverage
  • Selected full text
  • standardized subject headings


  • Complete publication going back to the original issue (Volume 1, Issue 1) for most English-language legal periodicals
  • PDF images of original print publication

WestlawNext & Lexis Advance

  • All full text but not as many periodicals covered
  • HTML formating