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LGL 110: Introduction to Law and the Legal Assistant (AL): Articles

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Article Databases for Magazines, Scholarly Journals & Newspapers

The best way to locate articles is through library databases.  Go to and look under the categories Administration of Justice and Paralegal (ADJ, LGL) and Political Science (PLS) to find a list of relevant databases.  Here are a few databases that you may find particularly helpful:


Use Nexis Uni (formerly LexisNexis) to find articles from magazines, newspapers and law reviews.  See the box below for info on searching for law reviews.

Use the Criminal Justice Collection to find articles articles pertaining to law and public affairs.

Use JSTOR to search for articles, book chapters, and more.  JSTOR is especially useful for articles of a historical nature.

Use the Legal Collection to search for articles referring to the discipline of law  and various legal topics such as criminal justice.

Law Reviews in Nexis Uni

Law reviews are journal articles with analysis.

For law reviews, to the right of the search box select "All Nexis Uni," then "Category > Law Reviews and Journals":

Search Tips

Select the most important 2-4 words related to your topic.  Put the word AND between each new word or idea; this tells the database to look for resources with ALL your terms.

patriot act AND terrorism

Use quotation marks ( "  " ) around phrases (two or more words); this tells the database to look for the words in a specific way.

"patriot act" AND terrorism

Use the asterisk (*) to truncate a word; this tells the database to look for all words that have the same base.  In the example below, search results would include "terror," "terrorist," "terrorists," and "terrorism."

"patriot act" AND terror*