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Finding a Paper Topic

This guide was created for use by LLM and JD students interested in writing a paper and who are looking for information on how to get started on such a project.

  Legal Indexes for Journal Articles & Books (multiple jurisdictions)

Legal periodical indexes generally only allow you to search the title, citation, abstract, keywords (sometimes author-supplied), and subject terms given to a journal article, rather than the full text.  A benefit to using a legal periodical index is that it will include all issues and volumes of a given journal, without any gaps in coverage, back to a certain date. (For example, Legaltrac's contents go back to 1980.  Full-text databases can have gaps in coverage--sometimes many years' worth for an individual journal.

Full Text Article Databases

If you need to search through the full text databases linked below, on Westlaw or Lexis, try searching for your terms within the same sentence or paragraph by using these symbols:

/s OR


If you merely use "AND" to connect your terms, they may be located at the beginning and end of your result, and may have little or no relevance to what you are really looking for. (AND is what is usually used to connect terms on web search engines like Google or Bing.)


Using Table of Contents Services

  Multidisciplinary Indexes for Journal Articles and Books (multiple jurisdictions)

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