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Elder Law Research Guide: Journals

This guide presents the sources of law most often encountered in problems or disputes pertaining to the elderly.

Finding Journal and Law Review Articles

Some specific elder law journals are listed at right. Many articles about legal issues that affect the elderly will be found in law journals not devoted specifically to elder law. You can search for law journal articles in HeinOnline's Law Journal Library database (which requires a valid Loyola user ID and password), as well as in Bloomberg Law, Westlaw, and Lexis (all of which require a valid Law Library-issued ID and password). All the journal articles in HeinOnline's law journal database are full text PDFs. Bloomberg Law, Westlaw, and Lexis also have full text databases of periodical legal literature. Loyola's print law journals are located on the 4th floor of the Law Library.

Non-legal academic, business, and news journals also offer coverage of issues that may be relevant to an elder law problem. Many journals are available in print or in full-text subscription databases through either the Law Library or through Loyola University Libraries. Some of these databases are listed below, at right. For a range of health journals and databases offered at Loyola, please consult the journals tab of the Health Law Research Guide.

You can also search the Library Catalog for journals or for specific articles. If Loyola has online access to an article, the catalog will provide you with a direct link.

Ask a reference librarian if you need help with these sources.

International & Foreign Law Journal Articles

The Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (IFLP) is accessible in HeinOnline.  You can search for citations to international journal articles in the IFLP in Hein, and also retrieve the full text articles.  You also can retrieve many of these journals either in print in the Loyola Library, or in other subscription databases, like Westlaw and LexisNexis.

SmartCILP Law Review Current Awareness Service

SmartCILP is a weekly current awareness service available through HeinOnline.  It indexes current articles from over 500 law reviews and other legal publications by subject, and provides a personalized weekly e-mail of a list of article citations on the subjects you select when establishing your profile.  It's a great way to stay current on what articles have been published in your areas of interest, and is flexible, allowing you to tailor your profile from week to week to reflect your current scholary interests.  It does not provide full text of the articles it indexes, but rather a list of citations arranged by subject. Follow this link to learn how to create, edit, and manage SmartCILP profiles via the HeinOnline interface. 

Elder Law Journals

Other Academic Journals

These journals are available to members of the Loyola community; for off-campus access, a current Loyola ID and password are required.

Academic Databases

Frequently, solving a legal problem related to the elderly could require an understanding of issues outside the realm of law.  Hundreds of journals related to behavioral, medical, and physical sciences, as well as business and the humanities are accessible from the Loyola Libraries electronic databases. Subject, keyword, author and title searches are possible within each database. News articles are also available in many of these databases. 

The first link below is to the entire list of Loyola non-law databases. Selected databases that may have materials relevant to elder law issues are listed here.  Many of these databases have overlapping coverage of particular journals. It is also possible to browse or search by individual journal title from the Loyola database page. 

For more periodicals related to health and health law, please see the Journals page of the Health Law Research Guide, on Loyola's Law Library homepage.

SSRN - Social Science Research Network

SSRN is an electronic repository for international social sciences scholarship that includes the Legal Scholarship Network (LSN). Thousands of downloadable abstracts, working papers, and published papers are available without charge. Loyola users can register for access to SSRN and the ability to download documents. 

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