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Finding Your Topic: Databases worth browsing

Stuck on where to go to find a topic for your paper? Here are a few resources located at the Law Library to help you browse your way to a possible research topic.

Law Library Research Guides: There are over 50+ Research Guides at the Law Library covering a variety of legal topics. These guides can be used to find the most influential treatises, books, journals and databases on your topic.

Search for Circuit Splits in US Law Week. To locate this feature, after you've selected U.S. Law Week, look for "Key Features," on the left-hand side of the screen, select "Circuit Splits" to find legal opinions where the courts are debating an issue.

Newspaper Resources

Search headlines to see what legal topics might be trending in today's newspapers. There are several good current news databases and a few historical news archives available at the UW Library. To locate these news database, select Newspaper Guide under Research Guides at the UW Library or on the Law Libraries Research Guide page. 

LexisNexis Academic or Lexis for Law Schools - Both services,( please note that Lexis for Law Schools requires a password and is restricted to law students), include the All News & Legal News Databases. The news file is a group file containing separately searchable online legal newspaper, magazine, and newsletters.

Proquest Research Library - With its scholarly and trade journal mix, Proquest Research Library offers a diverse group of current newspapers and magazine articles for researchers.

Submitted by Jenny Zook, Reference Librarian on October 20, 2015

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