Finding law journal articles

The library has a very good source of law journal articles – Westlaw Campus – but due to the unique way that database is organized, those articles are “invisible” unless you’re already inside that database.
There are a few tricks to using Westlaw, so I’m going to summarize the steps for finding law journal articles right here:
  1. Get into the database. Go to the library web site and click All Databases By Title. Scroll all the way down and click Westlaw Campus. Log in if you’re prompted to.
  2. In the options below the search boxes, click the checkbox for Journals and Law Reviews and then use the pull-down menu to select All Journals and Law Reviews.

  • Go back up to the search boxes and enter your keywords.
  • Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page and click the Search button there.
  • In your search results screen, the actual journal title, article title, and author are printed underneath the citation number, which is a link to the full-text.This is what the search results page looks like:

  • Law journal articles are often over 100 pages long (don’t worry – most of it is footnotes!) Do not print the full-text before you check how long it is! But if you do decide to print it, or better yet, e-mail it to yourself, the links are in the top right corner of the page.

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