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Basic Legal Research: A Guide

Resources and search tips for finding legal scholarship, court cases, statutes, regulations, and legislative histories.

Legal Scholarship: Law Reviews & Journals

In addition to legal scholarship published in journals and law reviews, the databases HeinOnline, Lexis-Nexis, and Westlaw Campus Research each provide multiple resources for legal research, including court decisions, statutes, and regulations. See the note in bold under each one to see how to limit your search to journal scholarship.  The remaining three databases only index legal scholarship. 

HeinOnline is the most comprehensive, although it does not always include the most recent issues.

Tulane Law Review

Founded in 1916 as the Southern Law Quarterly, the Tulane Law Review is published six times annually and is a leading legal periodical that is managed and edited by students of the Tulane University Law School. The Review is recognized as a preeminent forum for scholarly publication in the areas of Civil Law, Comparative Law, and Admiralty Law. According to the Washington & Lee law journal database, the Tulane Law Review is the most frequently cited law journal in the area of maritime law by courts and other law journals. The Review is also the most frequently cited student-edited law journal in the area of international law. The Review has a significant international circulation and is on a select list of minimum holdings for courts and law libraries in the United Kingdom. The Review maintains a wide European readership.