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Selecting & Developing Your Seminar Paper Topic: Locating Legal Articles & Papers through Full Text Databases

This guide is designed to help law students select and research a topic for their upper level writing requirement.


HeinOnline's Law Journal Library contains more than 1,700 law and law-related periodicals.  Two major advantages of using HeinOnline for law review articles are: 

1. The scope of coverage (in terms of years available) is generally much more extensive than Westlaw and LexisNexis.  Coverage is from the first issue published and goes through the most-currently published issues allowed based on contracts with publishers.  Depending on the journal, there may be a year or two lag between the most current issue and that available on Heinonline.

2.  Original issues are scanned into the database and available in PDF.

To access HeinOnline Law Journal Library, click on the link below.  To search the database, use the Advanced Search Screen or Field Search to limit your search to a subject or journal title. 

Tip: If you have the article citation, type the citation into the Citation Navigator on the left hand side of the screen. 

Westlaw's Law Reviews & Journals

Westlaw's Law Reviews and Journals

Westlaw's Law Reviews and Journals database contains articles and CLE materials from U.S. and Canadian based legal journals.  Coverage varies by publication, but generally begins in the 1980s and run through the most recent issue.  To access Law Review and Journal's database, click on the link below.

Social Science Research Network

Focus: Articles and scholarly working papers regarding accounting, economics, finance, law, management, marketing, and negotiation 

Tip:  You do not need to register to access the full text of articles

Tip:  Search database by keyword, title, abstract or authors

Tip: Browse by network and subject area

LexisNexis's Law Reviews & Journals

LexisNexis's Law Reviews and Journals databases contains articles from law journals and CLE programs.  Coverage varies by publication, but generally begins in the 1980s and runs to the most current issue.  To search law reviews and journals on Lexis Advance, select "Category" filter from the filters drop down menu in the main search box.  Then select the filter "Secondary Materials" and run your key word search.

bepress Legal Repository

bepress is a network of law-related research materials. High quality working papers are contributed from law schools, research units, think tanks, conferences and other subject-appropriate groups.

Tip: Browse by subject or institution