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When choosing a topic for a Note, how to check to make sure there is not another article on your chosen topic. This guide is designed for a quick check, not a thorough one.
Last Updated: Aug 29, 2013 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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How to use this Guide

This guide is best used as a quick introduction for doing a preemption check.

For an excellent comprehensive guide, see Preemption Checking for Law Reviews & Journals from the USF Law School. 

Some of the links in the USF guide will not work for Hofstra students.  Some of those links will be available on this guide.  Please contact one of the guide authors to add other links.


Preemption Checklist

See boxes below for details on how to perform steps of Checklist.

1.  Search Index to Legal Periodicals

   a.  if looking at an interdisciplinary topic, search Axinn One Search for other relevant databases

2.  Search full text Law Reviews

3.  Search Google Scholar

4.  Search SSRN and other forthcoming article resources

5.  Check LawProf Blogs

6.  Check any relevant BNA publication, including U.S. Law Week


Search Index to Legal Periodicals

  • How to effectively utilize index features

1.  Run you keyword search in the box below.

2.  Identify relevant articles and look for subject descriptors

3.  Modify search using additional search terms and/or

4.   Modify search and use subject descriptors in addition to your keywords

  • Index to Legal Periodicals

Legal articles index

Search full-text law reviews

Search full-text databases for very specific issues.  Try the different databases listed below.

  • LexisNexis
    In LexisAdvance, run search. Choose Secondary tab, then narrow by Law Reviews and Journals (on left). To further refine, use Search within results.
  • Westlaw
    In WestlawNext, run search. In your results, on left click on Secondary Sources. Then, narrow by Law Reviews & Journals and apply filters. You can further refine your search using Search within results
  • Shepardize (Lexis) or KeyCite (Westlaw) a useful article to get later articles on your subject
  • HeinOnline
    Use HeinOnline to find older (pre 1995) articles and for finding pdfs. May not be as useful for full-text searching.

Google Scholar

Search Google Scholar to find legal (and non-legal) articles.  To locate full text of article where link is not available, see Locating Articles tab in Paper Writing Resources.

Search Forthcoming articles

Search SSRN and  these sources to find forthcoming articles and working papers (papers in the publication process)

LawProf blogs

Find out what law professors are discussing.   Remember Ctrl F or Cmd F to find a particular term on a page.

  • Law Professor Blogs
    Search entire network of law professor blogs on left or find a topical blog on right

BNA publications - for current developments in the law

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