Journals and Periodicals – Locating Periodical Literature: Using the Periodical Indexes

Periodical Indexes

A periodical index is intended to help researchers locate relevant periodical articles.

Printed periodical indexes are generally published on a quarterly basis with a cumulative volume published annually.

Full-Text Articles

Many of the legal journals themselves are available online in electronic format. These are accessible online through various commercial and subscription services.

CAVEAT: While the benefits of searching for periodical literature electronically are numerous (i.e. efficiency, keyword searches, etc.), the primary drawback is that only a small number of law journals are actually available in full-text online.
  • Unless you learn how to locate the hard-copy of an article using its citation, you risk overlooking vital periodical literature!