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Faculty Services Guide: Access to Legal Scholarship

Access to Legal Scholarship Online and in Print

Most major U.S. journals specifically devoted to legal scholarhip are available via the Library's subscription to HeinOnline, or as otherwise indicated.  To access HeinOnline from off campus you must have a valid Loyola user ID and password. There are a number of free portals to law journal content as well, as noted in the Free Electronic Journal Sources Section. Our print law journals are located on the 4th floor of the Law Library arranged alphabetically by title.  Law School faculty can request that the Library’s copy of current issues of print periodicals be routed to them. Please contact your Library Liaison to arrange for a title to be routed to you.

Access to Law Review Articles through HeinOnline

HeinOnline provides access to more than 1,700 law and law-related periodcials. Coverage is from the first issue published up through the most-currently published issue allowed based on contracts with publishers. Therefore, in some cases the current issues are available, but sometimes a user will notice a one-volume delay. Searching can be done by title or author name, and full-text searching of the whole collection or selected periodicals is also an option. A key benefit is the ability to download, print and e-mail the archived articles in PDF format. For additional assistance, HeinOnline's Web site includes this Quick Reference Guide to the Law Journal Library (PDF).

Keyword, Author & Title Indexes to Law Review Articles

These indexes and databases provide author, subject and title access to the vast array of published and online legal scholarship.

Free Electronic Journal Sources

While not as comprehensive as HeinOnline, these resources provide links to free versions of published legal scholarship.

Legal Blogs ("Blawgs")

A blog is a log or journal of chronological entries (called “posts”) by an individual, a group or an institution, made available at a particular site on the Internet.  (N.b. Legal blogs are sometimes referred to as “blawgs”).  Blogs or blawgs may include a variety of types of articles such as commentary on recent decisions, analyses of legal issues in the news, or lists of the author's favorite web links. In any event, a consensus is emerging that blawgs are having a transformative impact on the world of legal scholarship, due to their ability to allow for the rapid, unfiltered dissemination of legal ideas.  When a “hot topic” legal issue erupts, bloggers are the first to provide reactions, suggest lines of inquiry and provide perspective.  Because many blawgs allow comments, they also serve as a virtual “faculty lounge” or coffeeshop, where ideas can be floated, inflated, debated and punctured, sometimes in raucous, freewheeling fashion.   

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