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Legal Research Tutorial: Law Reviews

Law Reviews

Articles from legal newspapers, magazines, and newsletters will provide you with some basic knowledge of your topic. For more in-depth research, you should search for articles from scholarly law journals, often referred to as law reviews.

Law reviews are detailed discussions of legal issues written by law students, scholars, and practitioners. They provide useful overviews and arguments generally focused on a very narrow topic. They also contain extensive references to primary materials and additional secondary sources. Examples include the Maryland Law Review, Journal of Art and Entertainment Law, and Supreme Court Review. 

You can find law reviews in the following databases:

Nexis Uni

On the Nexis Uni homepage, enter your keywords and click on the All Nexis Uni dropdown. Then under Content Collection, narrow by Law Reviews and Journals

all nexis uni law review search

Guided Search

 Alternatively, you can select Law Reviews in the Guided Search bar. Then type in your keywords or subject and choose a date range to search.

nexis uni law review

LegalTrac OneFile

In LegalTrac OneFile , you can first enter your keywords into the first search box under Advanced Search. In the second search box you can include the following string of keywords: laws OR policies OR statutes OR regulations

legaltrac onefile advanced search

On the results page, you can narrow your search using the tools on the right hand side of the screen. 

Criminology: A SAGE Full-Text Collection

To view the law review journals available in Criminology: A SAGE Full-Text Collection, click on Browse across the top of the search page.

Criminology search page

Next, click on the Discipline dropdown menu and select Social Sciences and Humanities. Then, click on the Subject dropdown menu and select Law.

Criminology browse law journals

You can then choose to browse each journal individually, or you can select one or more journals to Search Within.

select journals to search within