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Scholarly Legal Research

Where to Start? - Finding Articles

Westlaw, Lexis, and HeinOnline are the ideal places to start when seeking  a law review article.  When looking for a particular article or articles on a specific topic outside of law, The Library Catalog - Primo is a great place to start.  You may search by article title or enter keywords.  Primo will direct you to the various interdisciplinary databases that house articles of interest.  If these options do not produce results, you may find that open source options such as Google Scholar and the Social Science Research network have the material you need.  Interlibrary loan is also an option when you know an article citation, but the full-text is unavailable through other means.

  • Step 1 - The Databases - Check Westlaw, Lexis, and Hein for law review articles and multidisciplinary databases for non-law articles.
  • Step 2 - Check Online - Some articles may be found freely online through services such as Google Scholar or the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN)
  • Step 3 - Interlibrary Loan - This service is available for more than just print books!  You may order articles in print or electronically as well.


Primo - Finding Articles

Primo replaces our old library catalog. Use it to find the library's collection of books, videos, and journals. See the Help Page for Finding Books for more information on using Primo to locate books. 

Use the search box below to run a quick search or use the advanced search page to limit your material type to books prior to searching. 

Find Journals by Title

Use this search box when you know the journal title you're looking for. If you're looking for articles by subject, see the Find Articles tab.

Open Access Databases (free online)

Legal Databases

Multidisciplinary Databases

As part of the UMass system, we also have access to a variety of multidisciplinary databases that the main campus provides. These resources could come in handy when you are exploring an area of the law that involves aspects of psychology, sociology, health sciences, etc.

Follow this link for a clickable list of Carney Library databases.

For more information on using the Carney Library in general, please see their orientation libguide.

Here are a few recommended databases: