Law journals are also an
excellent resource for legal research. Journal
articles often deal with current legal issues and
usually provide detailed analysis.
The best way to find journals is
to use journal indexes, found in print at major law
libraries and also available by subscription on the
For a list of journals indexed in
the Index to Canadian Legal Literature, click
As of June 2010, the Centre
d'accès à l'information juridique (CAIJ) has made
the Scott Index to Canadian Legal Periodicals
freely available online (1998 to date).
There are also online journal
indexes available for other regions (sometimes
available by subscription at major universities):
For free searches that partially
"imitate" searches in the foregoing subscription-based
online journal indexes, try:
Scholar Advanced which will search, among
other things, law-related articles indexed on HeinOnline
(although when you click on a search result, you are
then given an option to purchase the article if you
don't otherwise have a subscription).
Open access law journals:
Annette Demers, the law librarian at the Faculty of
Law, University of Windsor, has created a custom
Google search for searching open access law journals
from Canada, the US, and Europe (that searches the
large number of open access law journal websites
listed here in Microsoft Word) – see:
The following subscription
databases are best for full-text law journal articles:
A useful technique when searching
full-text journals in any of the three foregoing
commercial databases is to use "title field" keyword
searches if your full-text search is getting to many
results (the theory here is that if the desired
keyword is in the title of a law journal article, then
the article will be on a topic of interest).
The following screenshot shows a
search on HeinOnline that limits the search to a
keyword in the title of the article ("oppression" OR
"oppressive") where the article is from a Canadian law
journal (by selecting "Country=Canada"):
You can then sort your search
results with listing the most recent articles first
(Volume Date, descending).
Science Research Network (SSRN), including the Legal Scholarship Network (LSN),
contains a lot of free, full-text law journals (most
often from law school professors) and can also be a
good source to search for law journal articles.
Tip: If you do not have
access to HeinOnline, LexisNexis Quicklaw, or
WestlawNext Canada, many Canadian public libraries
provide online access to digital databases using the
barcode on your library code. Some of these databases
may include law-related journals.