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U.S. Law Research guide: Other Resources

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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) Provides full-text access to legal newspapers, magazines and newsletters, as well as law review journals.*
  • CQ Weekly (http://library.csun.edu/restricted/cqweekly.scr) Provides full-text reports on issues looming on the congressional horizon, plus a complete wrap up of the previous week's news, including the status of bills in play, behind-the-scenes maneuvering, committee and floor activity, debates and all roll-call votes,
    1983 to present.
  • 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. (Ref K 3 .A115 ... Ref Room table 5 latest years - earlier 2nd floor)  Covers 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 Z 7163 .P9 ... latest years Ref Room table 5, earlier 3rd floor). 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://library.csun.edu/cgi/opac) or the Library Catalog Periodical Search (http://suncat.csun.edu/screens/pertitle.html). To search for electronic periodicals only, check the "Search electronic periodicals only" checkbox.

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

Legal dictionaries and encyclopedias provide definitions, overviews, and background information on legal topics for the non-lawyer. They are often a good starting place to research a complex area of law, e.g., the first amendment. Legal dictionaries will help with searching by providing appropriate terminology that one can expect to find in a case or code.


The following directories provide information about lawyers, judges, government agencies, or law schools.

Guides and Handbooks

The following books provide more detail on how to search the law.


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: