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Guide to Finding Law Journals and Journal Articles

Indexes for Canadian Legal Research

Index to Canadian Legal Literature

  • Billed as "Canada's only comprehensive legal bibliography," ICLL indexes Canadian periodical, monographic, and book review literature on law; case comments; books; academic publications, and government reports. It is a prime source of information about Canadian case and statutory law.
  • 1985 to current.
  • Available online to the Faculty of Law via WestlawNext Canada
     

Index to Canadian Legal Periodical Literature

  • Available in print at the Bora Laskin Law Library: Ref. A. K 33 .I52
  • Coverage: 1961 to 2006

Indexes for Historical Legal Research

Index to Legal Periodical Literature (1888-1939) (Jones and Chipman) 

  • Available to the U of T community via the library catalogue - login using my access if you are off campus. 
  • Includes links to Hein Online’s full text legal periodicals.

Index to Legal Periodical Literature, 1786-1922 (Jones and Chipman)

  • Online access through 19th Century Masterfile. Go to Advanced Search and then from the Source drop-down menu select Index to Legal Periodical Literature 1786-1922 (Jones and Chipman) to limit your search to this index.
  • Available to the U of T community via the library catalogue - login using my access if you are off campus. 
  • Includes links to Hein Online’s full text legal periodicals.
  • Indexes over 750 legal periodicals published in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Includes annual surveys of the laws of a jurisdiction, annual surveys of the federal courts, yearbooks, annual institutes, and annual reviews of the work in a given field or on a given topic.
  • Coverage: 1908 to 1981
  • Available to the U of T community via the library catalogue - login using my access if you are off campus. 

Indexes for General Legal Research

       LegalTrac

  • Indexes more than 1,400 titles including major law reviews, legal newspapers, bar association journals from the US, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand and other common law countries as well as international legal journals.
  • The database also indexes law-related articles from over 1,000 additional business and general interest titles.
  • All articles have been published between 1980 and present. The database is updated frequently
  • Available to the U of T community via the library catalogue - login using my access if you are off campus. 

     Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective: 1908-1981 (H.W. Wilson)

  • Retrospective database that indexes over 750 legal periodicals published in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Content is also drawn from 38 printed compendia, which provides access to approximately 540,000 records. Coverage also includes: annual surveys of laws by jurisdiction; annual surveys of federal court cases; yearbooks and annual institutes.          
  • Coverage: 1994 to current
  • Available to the U of T community via the library catalogue - login using my access if you are off campus. 

     Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text

  • "This resource includes bibliographic records and full text covering essential areas related to criminal justice and criminology. The increasing globalization of criminology is reflected in Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text’s coverage of hundreds of journals from around the world."
  • Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text contains more than 400,000 records selected from the most important sources within the discipline. This resource includes full text for more than 270 magazines and journals.
  • Coverage: 1968 to current
  • Available to the U of T community via the library catalogue - login using my access if you are off campus. 

   Current Index to Legal Periodicals (From HeinOnline)

  • One of the major indexing services for the legal literature of the English-speaking world.
  • Good Canadian content
  • Weekly index to over 500 legal periodicals. 4-6 weeks ahead of standard indexes.
  • Weekly updates also acessible to UofT law students through e.legal. 
  • Coverage: 1945 to current
  • Available to the U of T community via the library catalogue - login using my access if you are off campus. 

    Legal Journals Index (U.K.)    

Indexes articles from legal journals published in the United Kingdom and Europe and journals covering topics pertaining to the laws of the European Community and of its Member States. Select the International Tab and from there scroll down to "Other International Materials" and then select United Kingdom and from there you will see a link to the Legal Journals Index.

  • Online coverage: 1986 to present 
  • Available to the U of T community via the library catalogue - login using my access if you are off campus. 
  • Law Students have individual passwords

Indexes for Foreign Legal Research

Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals

  • Indexes articles and book reviews from more than 450 legal periodicals, including journals, essay collections, festschrifts, and congress reports on international law (public and private), comparative law, and municipal law of countries other than the United States, British Isles, and British Commonwealth. Provides much-needed access to the legal literature of non-English speaking countries.
  • Online coverage: 1960 to current
  • Allows advanced and multi-field searching.

AGIS (Attorney General's Information Service)

  • Indexes over 120 Australian, New Zealand and Pacific law journals
  • Coverage: 1975 to current
  • Available online through UTL ONLY on Faculty of Law and Bora Laskin Law Library computers