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Researching Your Paper: Journal Articles and News: Home

A guide on how to find law review and journal articles, non-legal journal articles, legal news articles, and general news articles.


This guide provides instructions on how to find articles in legal and non-legal journals available through Brooklyn Law School Library.  It includes digital subscription resources accessible remotely through the BLS proxy server, as well as resources in Westlaw and Lexis. It covers both law reviews and non-legal academic journals as well as legal news and non-legal news publications.

Finding Articles by Subject: Using Indexes to Search for Articles

Indexes are an excellent alternative to full-text searching when you want to find articles on a particular subject.  By using an index, you can limit your search results to a specific subject area.  Full-text keyword searching on the other hand will include articles that contain your keywords, regardless of the subject of the article.  For example, let's say you want to write a paper on the use of litigation to mitigate the effects of climate change.  You can do a full-text search in Westlaw or Lexis using the keywords climate change, litigation, and environment.  This will retrieve all articles that contain these terms, whether or not the article itself actually discusses the subject of climate change litigation.  Or, you can use an index and retrieve articles by subject - you may choose the subject "climate change"  in a legal periodical index and retrieve all articles assigned the subject tag "climate change."  You may even choose sub-topics to narrow your results further.  

To use an index, click on the subtab under Law Reviews & Journals for "Legal Periodical Indexes".  This will bring you to a list of the most commonly used legal periodical indexes.


Reference Books on Legal Research

Citing Materials in this Guide

The following Bluebook (21st Edition) rules address citation of materials referenced in this guide: 

Rule 16: Periodical Materials (Law Reviews, Journals, Magazines, Newspapers, Student Notes, Book Review, Symposium, Newsletters)

  • Journals: Rule 16.4 & 16.5 
  • Newspapers: Rule 16.6
  • Student-Written Law Review Materials: Rule 16.7.1 
  • Non-Student Written Book Reviews: Rule 16.7.2
  • Symposia, Colloquia, and Surveys: Rule 16.7.3
  • Commentaries and Other Special Designations: Rule 16.7.4
  • Multipart Articles: Rule 16.7.5
  • Annotations: Rule 16.7.6
  • Proceedings, Regular Publications by Institutes, and ABA Section Reports: Rule 16.7.7
  • Newsletters and Other Noncommercially Distributed Periodicals: Rule 16.7.8
  • Electronic Media & Online Sources: Rule 16.8


NOTE: Where a print version is accessible, citation should be made to the print source.  Where, however, the print source is difficult or impossible to obtain, or the governing authority has designated the electronic source as the official version, citation should be made to the electronic source with consideration of Rule 18's principles on authentication.  If a periodical source is only available online, cite to it directly in accordance with Rule 18.2.2.  (Rule 16.8 (b))


Rule 17: Unpublished and Forthcoming Sources

  • Manuscripts: Rule 17.2.1
  • Dissertations and Theses: Rule 17.2.2
  • Letters, Memoranda, and Press Releases: Rule 17.2.3
  • Email Correspondence and Listserv Postings: Rule 17.2.4 
  • Interviews: Rule 17.2.5
  • Speeches and Addresses: Rule 17.2.6
  • Forthcoming Publications: Rule 17.3
  • Working Papers: Rule 17.4
  • Electronic Media and Online Sources: Rule 17.5

Rule 18: The Internet, Electronic Media, and Other Nonprint Resources (including CD-Roms (Rule 18.4), Microform (Rule 18.5), Films, Broadcasts, & Noncommercial Video (Rule 18.6), Audio Recordings (Rule 18.7))

The Bluebook requires the use and citation of traditional printed sources when available, unless there is a digital copy of the source available that is authenticated, official, or an exact copy of the printed source as described in Rule 18.2.1. (Rule 18.2)

  • Blogs, Articles, Comments, Social Media:  Rule 18.2.2

Rule 20: Foreign Materials

  • Non-English Language & Foreign Periodicals: Rule 20.6


See Tables 10, 13 & 14 for abbreviations

When Was This Guide Last Substantively Updated?

This LibGuide was last substantively updated:

On: Apr. 27, 2024

At:  8:38 AM

By: Jean Davis