Law reviews and law journals are similar to the scholarly journals that you probably used as an undergraduate. They contain lengthy, scholarly articles written by legal experts on a variety of legal topics and issues. Law reviews and journals may cover specific legal subject areas or be general in nature, and are typically published by law schools and edited by law students. Bar Journals, and other publications produced by professional associations, are also included in this category.
Law review and law journal articles can be great research tools. They often provide background information and in depth analysis of emerging, controversial, and very narrow legal subject areas.
Things to be aware of
Legal periodicals can be found in a variety of places, both in print and online. In addition to the Internet, this is a listing of some databases that can be used to search for articles:
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HeinOnline: Available to MU Campus. Contains a legal archival material including law review publications. Heinonline is particularly helpful if you need older law review articles which are typically not available on Westlaw or Lexis. Each page is viewable as it originally appeared in the publication in PDF format.