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Paper Writing Resources

A guide to techniques and databases at Hofstra Law Library for writing scholarly papers for class or a Note

Searching Full-text databases

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

Searching Index databases


Why do you want to search Index databases?

You have searched full text databases, such as Lexis and Westlaw and are getting lots of articles that mention your search terms but are not relevant to your topic.

How to effectively utilize index features?

1.  Run your keyword search in the search boxes for the  Index to Legal Periodicals.  Use the link above.

2.  Identify relevant articles and look for subject descriptors

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

4.  To locate article found in an index and not available in full-text, see Locating Articles tab.


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 of this Guide.

Google Scholar Search

Subject Guide

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