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 on the Web. 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. Please see this PDF fact sheet that describes the HeinOnline Law Journal Library and how to use it.
For electronic access to periodicals not found in the HeinOnline Law Journal Library, we also offer in-library access to the TexShare databases. 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.
Note: the HeinOnline Law Journal Library is only available to patrons who are physically in the library. It is not available from home or any other location. You may be able to access TexShare databases from home if you have a TexShare card or login information. Please contact your local public library or the Texas State Library and Archives for information about that.
On the Web
While possible, locating law review, law journal, and legal periodical articles on the Web is difficult and not always possible due to copyright restrictions. Below we highlight some free resources and search strategies to help you locate articles that are available freely on the Web.
Free Full-Text Databases
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.
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.