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Below are suggestions to locate both legal and non-legal articles using mostly online resources. Keep in mind that some publications are not available in digital online format and you may need to search the journal title (not the article title) in an online catalog such as UC Library Search to look for a copy in print format.  Please note  For assistance locating articles contact a reference librarian.

To Find Law Articles:

When you know the journal title:

PLEASE NOTE:  An electronic format MAY NOT be accessible through these catalogs listed below:

  • If your title is not on UC Library Search, try WorldCat

When you have a citation

  • Use Citation Navigator on HeinOnline
  • Lexis: use "Get" or Citation Navigator
  • Westlaw: use "Find"
  • WestlawNext: type citation in to main search box

Keyword Searching:

  • HeinOnline
    (useful for pre-1990 issues)
  • Lexis
    Database: LAWREV;ALLREV
    From 1982 through current. Full-coverage for some law reviews does not begin until mid 1990's.
  • Westlaw
    Database: "JLR"
    Full-coverage for some law reviews does not begin until mid-1990's.

Searching for an Index:

  • Legaltrac
    (1980 - )
  • Legal Resource Index
    (1977 - )
    Westlaw: LRI (1980- )
  • Index to Legal Periodicals
    (1886 - )
    Location: Main Reading Room
    (Hard copy)

Articles from non-US journals:

To Find Non-Law Articles

Law and policy research often draws from other disciplines such as history, politics, economics, sociology, philosophy and history. Below is a list of suggested databases for such interdisciplinary research. If you have a citation, try the UC-eLinks Citation Linker. If you have a journal name, try the UC Davis Electronic Journals A-Z or, to see holdings for the entire UC-System, consult the CDL A-Z eJournal List. If you cannot find articles on your topic, consult a reference librarian at or call 752-0210.

Academic Search Complete

Business Source Premier

America: History and Life

Historical Abstracts


Ethnic Newswatch



Social Sciences Citation Index

Sociological Abstracts

Worldwide Political Sciences Abstracts

Does the journal exist?

Search Ulrich's Periodicals Directory located in the Law Library workroom or at (from UCD IP addresses only)

Other Sources:

Factiva - Factiva provides access to global news and business information, including local newspapers, same-day newswires, company reports, and media programs. Provides company information including market data and competitors. Includes full-text of the Wall Street Journal. Coverage in more than 20 languages

Lexis-Nexis Academic - select the "News" tab to search major newspaper and news wires.

NewsBank - a database of local, state, national and world news.

ProQuest Newspapers - Current full-text of the Los Angeles Times, New York Times (including the New York Times Magazine and the New York Times Book Review), and the Wall Street Journal. For historical backfiles, see ProQuest Historical Newspapers.

Readers' Guide - Location: Westlaw -READGDE (1985-) - CDL version ends coverage in 1982.

Subject Guides:

Also check the subject guides created by librarians at the Shields Library for more sources for non-law related articles.

Open Access Journals & Law Reviews (free) on-the-web:

Directory of Open Access Journals
Science Commons Open Access Law Project
ABA’s Legal Technology Resource Center (including law review search)