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Basic information for students serving on the editorial board of a law review, including how to request books and finding PDFs of articles.
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Databases for PDFs

PDF documents are available online from various web sites and electronic databases.  PDFs are not always available and you may need to try several sources. Find the Law Library’s electronic databases such as HeinOnline, ProQuest, and LLMC at: > Databases

 1. Research Port: e-Journal Finder  > E-Journals Search Titles

Provides access to online journals from a variety of disciplines, including law, liberal arts, social sciences, and sciences.

2. Google Scholar and Google Books

PDFs of articles, and books in the public domain (pre 1923).  Often also provides digital scans of selected pages from books under copyright.

3. FDSys

Online repository of U.S. government documents.  Provides authenticated PDFs of public laws, the CFR, Federal Register, Congressional Record, bills, congressional reports and hearings, U.S.Code, etc.

4. HeinOnline 

PDFs of law journals, Federal Register, CFR, Statutes at Large, Congressional Record, presidential papers, U.S.C., treaties, yearbooks, federal agency materials, state session laws, etc.

5. Proquest Congressional 

PDFs of House and Senate Documents, Reports, Prints, & Hearings.  Also provides PDFs of CRS Reports, GAO Reports, and CBO Reports.

6.  Westlaw 

PDFs of court decisions in the West National Reporter System, party briefs, and selected legislative history documents


Terms and Connectors Searching

Terms and connectors (otherwise known as Boolean commands or search operators) can help you create better searches in Westlaw, Lexis, and other databases.  This presentation shows you why they are helpful and how to use them.


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