Law: Finding journal articles

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Why use journal articles?

Journal articles will provide you with more recent information than books and will usually examine a topic in detail. Like books, they will alert you to major cases and legislation. Journal articles can also be used for historical research to determine what was being discussed about a particular issue at a given point in time.

The Legal Research flowchart will help you to decide which journal database is suitable for your area of research.

Key law databases

You be the judge: learn to evaluate

You've found some resources for your assignment, but are they right for you? Think about the following:

relevance - is the information useful to the assignment topic?

currency - when was the information published, is it updated regularly? 

reliability - what credentials are there, is it from an authoritative source?

accuracy - is it fact, opinion or propaganda?

Watch this video to learn how to evaluate websites and other resources to decide if they are appropriate for your needs.

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