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

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 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 LexisNexis

LexisNexis has law reviews, in addition to cases and regulations.  Law reviews are journal articles with analysis.

For law reviews, select "Search By Content Type," then "Law Reviews."


  1. Now type your search terms in the search boxes:
           "search warrant" AND histor*
  2. Options to refine your search available under "Advanced Options". 
  3. In your list of results, look to see the order in which your results are displayed (e.g., "Newest to Oldest" or "Relevance")

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*