To help facilitate the legal research needs of our patrons, the Texas State Law Library subscribes to over 1,700 law reviews, law journals, and other legal periodicals. A subset of these periodicals are available in our print collection (arranged alphabetically by title in the library mezzanine), but the majority of our subscriptions are available electronically through the HeinOnline Law Journal Library database.
If you are unable to visit the library, we offer a for-pay document delivery service through which you can obtain print or electronic copies of law review articles. Please contact us at (512) 463-1722 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to request an article through this service.
Some legal periodicals are also available freely online. Please see the "On the Web" section below.
In the Library
To access law reviews, law journals, and other legal periodicals in print, you may explore our collection in person. Periodicals are arranged alphabetically by title in the library mezzanine. To see if we carry a certain periodical, please use our library catalog. To expedite your search, select "periodical title" from the list of search options then enter the title of the periodical in the search box.
We subscribe to the HeinOnline Law Journal Library. Through this database, we provide access to over 1,700 legal periodicals, and over 80% of these titles feature the most current content published — this PDF fact sheet describes the Law Journal Library and how to use it. In addition to in-library use, patrons with an iPhone or an iPad who download the HeinOnline app at our library can then continue accessing HeinOnline for 30 days from any location. Read more details about this feature and download the app!
We also subscribe to Legal Source, an EBSCO database with full-text access to over 1,200 legal periodicals. In addition to being available to in-library patrons, Legal Source is available from home for anyone with a current library card or TexLaw ID!
For electronic access to periodicals not found in the HeinOnline Law Journal Library or in Legal Source, we also offer access to the TexShare databases for patrons in the library as well as patrons researching from home with a valid library card or TexLaw ID. If you are seeking an academic article, we recommend you begin your search with the Academic Search Complete and Business Source Complete databases, but TexShare allows access to many other databases.
On the Web
Locating law review, law journal, and legal periodical articles on the web is not always possible due to copyright restrictions. But certain publications are available if you'd like to try locating an article. Below we highlight some free resources and search strategies to help you locate articles that are available freely online.
Free Full-Text Articles
The American Bar Association's Law Practice Management Section offers a free full-text online law review/journal search. This search engine offers full-text access to over 400 online law reviews/journals as well as to academic papers and Congressional Research Service reports. You may also want to access their Legal Technology Resource Center for more information about what is available.
The Law Review Commons website provides access to over 200 open-access law reviews. You can search for an article in their collection of over 150,000 law review articles. They allow you to browse law reviews by subject matter or by their title.
The Mendik Library at New York Law School tracks roughly 150 law reviews and journals that freely provide their most current issue online. You can search or browse through these law reviews on their site.
Another option is the Washington & Lee Law School's Current Law Journal Content: An Index to Legal Periodicals. Though this search engine is no longer updated, the existing records remain searchable. Coverage is generally limited to materials published between the year 2000 and April 2011.
Google Scholar is a search engine that targets academic publications and legal documents. You can use Google Scholar to find academic papers, article pre-prints, and certain legal documents such as published opinions. For more information about the materials available through Google Scholar and for tips on how to formulate a search, see the About Google Scholar page.