Using Google Scholar to Locate Law Review Articles

One complaint from people when searching for law review articles on Google Scholar is that they have to wade through a plethora of case law in order to find articles. 

One way to ensure that your Google Scholar search returns mostly law review articles instead of mostly case law is to use the Advanced Search template accessible from the main Google Scholar page.  Select “in the title of the article” (instead of “anywhere in the article”) from the “where my words occur” drop-down box.

Not only will this help to avoid most case law, but also because your topic is in the title of the article you can be confident that the article will discuss your topic rather than make only casual mention of it.  It’s a two-for-one and who doesn’t like that?

Another tip:  Consider entering your topic in the “with all the words” search box in order to retrieve alternative title expressions on your topic.  This search may help you locate additional relevant documents that you might  not have found otherwise.

For example, let’s say you want to find articles on employment discrimination.  If you enter the terms “employment discrimination” in the “with the exact phrase” search box, you will miss titles such as, “Lesson in losing: Race discrimination in employment” and “Discrimination at will: Job security protections and equal employment opportunity in conflict.”  Why?  Because an exact phrase search returns document that only have your terms in the “exact” order and proximity in which you entered them.

For more tips go to the Google Scholar Search Tips page.

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