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Selecting & Developing Your Seminar Paper Topic: Locating Non-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.


OneSearch allows a researcher to search across the library's electronic resources from one simple interface. 

Tip:  Sort your results by date, title, or source.

Tip:  Refine your results by topic, date, or title.

To access the “OneSearch,” go to library's webpage and run a search in the box located near the top of the screen.

This great tool is a one stop shop that simplifies and consolidates the process of research. For example, if you were to do a keyword search for “'climate change' and 'government policy'” combined with a subject filter for “environmental policy" and then further limit your results to full text academic journals within the United States, you retrieve 193 results.  The results come from a variety of databases, including Heinonline, Ebsco Databases, and JSTOR. This is a much more efficient way to research rather than searching within each individual database to determine what it contains on a given topic.

Note: If you are researching off campus, you need to first implement the BLS Proxy Instructions in order to link directly to the sources identified.  You can access the BLS Proxy Instructions from the Library's main page.

Academic Search Premier

Academic Search Premier is a searchable database of articles from the sciences, arts, humanities, social sciences, and business.  You can access it by clicking on the link below.

Tip: Use the advanced search screen to conduct a key word search.


JSTOR provides image and full-text online access to back issues of selected scholarly journals in history, economics, political science, demography, mathematics and other fields of the humanities and social sciences.  To access JSTOR click on the link below.

Note: There is a 1-5 year gap between publication of issues and inclusion in JSTOR (a condition set by journal publishers), so recent articles are not part of this collection.

Use the advanced search screen to conduct a key word search or use the citation locator to enter a citation.
Tip: If you click on the link below, you can either browse an alphabetical list of the journals provided or subject based list of the journals provided.

Project Muse

Project Muse is a searchable PDF database of articles from the humanities, arts and social sciences.  Access it by clicking on the link below.

Google Scholar

If you have the patience to customize your search, this can be a very useful tool.

Tip: Use the Advanced Google Search to customize your search.

Google Scholar Search

Find a Source

To search for an electronic version of a journal across many of the library’s subscription databases,  click on the Find a Source link from the SARA catalog. From this page, you can type the title of a journal in the search box and after clicking on the "Full Text Access" link, retrieve a list of the different databases which publish that journal, along with the coverage dates. 


For example if you were to search for the title, Tobacco Control, your result list will show you that the databases, PubMed Central, JSTOR, Health and Wellness Resource Center, Health Reference Center Academic and Proquest Central carry the title.  You will also see the coverage dates for the various databases.  For example, JSTOR contains issues of Tobacco Control dating from 1992 to 2016.  This search capability will aid those researchers who need to cite check.


Proquest contains citations and full text articles in a variety of academic & professional disciplines, such as, business, economics, gender studies, health, literature, management, & political science.  Proquest also contains news and general interest items.  You can access it from the following url,, or by clicking on the link below.

Tip: Use the advanced search screen to conduct a key word search

Health Policy Databases

Health Affairs is a policy journal that focuses on domestic health care issues, but also covers international developments. Most Health Affairs authors are academics and other researchers (from both the private sector and government).  Accessible on-campus, in dorm, or through proxy server.

Health Reference Center provides access to articles on fitness, pregnancy, medicine, nutrition, diseases, public health, occupational health and safety, alcohol and drug abuse, HMOs and prescription drugs.  Accessible on-campus, in dorm, or through proxy server

Wolters Kluwer Health and Human Resources is a collection of databases which offers searchable access to primary and secondary materials concerning health issues in the workplace. HHR has separate folders to organize your research: Human Resources Management, Payroll, Pension/Benefits, Employment Law, Safety/OSHA Workers Comp., Health Law, & Food and Drug Law.  

Directory of Open Access Journals

This online resources provides free full text access to scholarly journals.  As of September 11, 2019, the website publishes over 13,000 peer reviewed journals.  It aims to cover all disciplines and languages.

Tip: Use the "subject tree" to expand or refine your browsing capabilities