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Finding Legal and Non-Legal Journal Articles  

Last Updated: Jun 8, 2012 URL: http://lawlibrary.hamline.edu/content.php?pid=246945 Print Guide RSS Updates

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Introduction

Because the law is always developing and changing, it is best to have the most up to date information.  Articles are a great way to start your research because they cover cutting edge issues, such as new legislation, recent important court decisions, and current legal theories and viewpoints.

While you are doing your research, keep in mind that not all articles are available online.  Hamline may have an electronic subscription to a journal or magazine, however, your article may not be within the scope of coverage of that subscription.  Sometimes only the abstract will be available in electronic form.  If the full text of your article is not available online, you may still be able to obtain a print copy at the Law Library or at Bush Library.  Be sure to check CLICnet to see Hamline subscribes to the journal in print.

If you find an article that would benefit your research, but it is one that Hamline does not have access to, consider requesting this article from our Interlibrary Loan Service.

Getting Started

  • Search Databases to Find Citations and/or Full Text of Law-Related Articles
    This is an excellent option when you do not necessarily have a particular article in mind but would like to find articles on your topic by searching with keywords or subject headings. To help you get started, brief descriptions of the databases are provided. Select your database by name or subject.
  • Journals @ Hamline
    This multifaceted tool includes a list of journals accessible to the Hamline community. The list extends to journals housed in print format at either library as well as journals accessible through our online databases. For example, use this option if you already know an article's citation and you want to see if full text is available in electronic or print form. You will see a list of the available legal and nonlegal periodicals by title. You may also browse by subject.
  • Search CLICnet
    CLICnet can be used to search for periodicals available both at Hamline and at other Consortium libraries. To locate a journal by title in CLICnet, click on Journal Title and enter the journal title (not an article’s title) in the search box. The pull down menu allows you to search by subject or keyword. To access the electronic version of a journal, click on "Hamline Access" in the center of the screen.
 

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