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Appellate Advocacy Research Guide: Journals

This guide provides links to and descriptions of the Library's best and most popular appellate advocacy resources . It includes resources on state and federal rules, brief writing, oral argument, and appellate practice before state and federal courts.

About Journals

"How to" articles and articles describing best practices regarding different aspects of appellate practice like articles relating to recent applications of a particular standard of review often prove helpful to practioners than broad statements or lessons from practice guides.

Finding Appellate Advocacy Articles

One can locate these articles by perusing relevant journals or by searching for articles using a periodical index like LegalTrac or in dedicated periodical databases.  For example, a search for full-text articles in LegalTrac on the subject of appeals(law) with the phrase "standard of review" in the title yields a list of about 30 relevant articles from a variety of law journals.

  • Google Scholar Legal Opinions and Journals 
    In addition to case law, Google Scholar provides access to online versions of law reviews and other scholarly legal secondary content.  If the content is included in a Loyola database (including HeinOnline), Google Scholar will provide a link to the full-text version available through Loyola.
  • Index to Legal Periodicals & Books (Print Resource)
    A print format index, the Index to Legal Periodicals and Books, is located in the Law Library's third floor reference section at Call Number K 33 .I545.  It covers over 800 periodicals, and extends back to the 19th century, making it invaluable for historical research.
  • Legal Scholarship Network(LSN)
    Part of Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN), LSN offers a database of recently published articles and works-in-progress.  Not all works-in-progress appear in LSN, and not all articles are available in full-text; LSN is, nevertheless, a good source for recent articles.  Students, staff and faculty can aregister for SSRN using their Loyola e-mail address.
  • Lexis
    To search to law review and journal articles, from the main search box filter by category: secondary sources, and then restrict to Content: Law Reviews and Journals.
  • Westlaw
    To search to law review and journal articles, from the WestlawNext Home screen choose Secondary Sources and then choose Law Reviews and Journals.

Appellate Advocacy Journals

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