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Journal Source Gathering

The purpose of this guide is to help senior and junior journal staff members through the source gathering process. This guide covers the most reliable sources for some of the most used items found on subscription databases and on the Internet.


Search Hofstra's catalog - Discovery - to determine what is available at Hofstra both online and in print.  This should be your first stop when searching for books..

Photocopies and scans: You may check out non-circulating items held at the law library for up to 3 hours to make photocopies or scans.  

Borrowing from other campus libraries: See a staff member at the law library Circulation desk to sign out your journal's library card.  Remember to bring the card back to the Circulation Desk.

Accounts: Always charge source gathering materials to your journal's library account. Do not charge these materials to your personal library account.

Google Books--an alternative resource: In addition to Discovery (library catalog), consult Google Books to find sources, especially book chapters. Also use it to find and verify quotations in context.