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California Legal Research: Other Sources


If you know either the author or the title of a book, search the Oviatt Library Catalog (http://library.csun.edu/cgi/opac) under either the author's last name or the first few words of the title.

If you have a topic only, look it up in the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) list (set of red books behind the reference desk) to see if it is used as a subject heading. Besides verifying your subject as a heading (or indicating which heading is used if yours is not), LCSH will often suggest broader, narrower, or related terms. After you have the proper heading(s), proceed to the online catalog to perform a subject or subject keyword search.


Periodical Indexes

The best way to find relevant articles on your subject is to start with a periodical index:

  • LexisNexis Academic (http://library.csun.edu/restricted/lexis.scr), which provides full-text access to legal newspapers, magazines and newsletters, as well as law reviews.
  • International Political Science Abstracts includes current indexing and abstracts from nearly 900 political science journals published from 1989-.
  • Index to Legal Periodicals, 1926 - 2000. Not currently received. [Floor 2 (Ref) - K3 .A1I5]. Covers 280 legal journals published in the U. S., Canada, United Kingdom, and other Common Law countries. In addition to the subject index, each issue provides a table of cases commented upon and a section of book review citations arranged by author.
  • PAIS International in Print, 1915 - 2000. Not Currently received. [Ref Room Z7163 .P92]. Subject index to selected books, pamphlets, government documents, and periodical articles. Economics, sociology, public administration, and international relations are emphasized.
  • Other Periodical Indexes: If your research has legal ramifications for a particular subject area, you will probably be able to find periodical articles written about that case, legislation, etc., cited in a subject-specific periodical index. For example, articles about de facto segregation may be found in education journals. Therefore, a search of ERIC may be appropriate. Often, general newspaper and magazine indexes can be searched as well. Ask a reference librarian for a recommendation.

Locating Periodicals:

If the full text of the article is not available within the database you searched, click Find Text button to locate the full text online or in the Library. Or, search the journal title in the Library Catalog (http://suncat.csun.edu/) or the CSUN List of Electronic Periodicals (/FindResources/Ejournals).

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias


Guides and Handbooks


The Library has many books containing legal forms. Search the Library Catalog (http://library.csun.edu/cgi/opac) using the Keyword search for any of the following keywords:

  • business forms
  • contracts forms
  • corporation law forms
  • forms law

The Internet is another source for legal forms:


Additional resources with information on legal research and links to law-related web sites: