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This page identifies some of the ways researchers can keep informed about areas of law of interest to them, including:

Search Updates and Other Email Alerts
Very Recently Published Articles
Works in Progress
Law-Related Conferences
New Library Acquisitions and Routing

For additional resources, see the Drake Law Library's Legal News page, which lists legal newspapers, newsletters, blogs, and more.

Search Updates and Other Email Alerts

Many databases offer a way to save and automatically re-run searches, informing you of new results. Examples include:

BNA databases provide customized email alerts in all subjects - antitrust, banking, bankruptcy, criminal, environmental, family law, international trade, labor, taxation, etc.

CCH databases (Business and Finance, Health and Human Resources, and OmniTax) can be set-up and customized under the Today's Tracker News tab on the upper left.

LexisNexis Alert service includes options for searches, Shepards, CourtLink, and more.

Westlaw alert services (log in to "Westlaw Research," then click on the Alert Center link in upper right corner) include the WestClip service, KeyCite alerts, docket alerts, agency tracker, and more. 

For options in other databases, please review the help screens or contact a reference librarian.  

Very Recently Published Articles

Use the following to find very recently published articles that may not yet appear in other commercial law review indexes, such as Index to Legal Periodicals or LegalTrac, or full-text law review databases, such as LexisNexis and Westlaw.

Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP)
Marion Gould Gallagher Library, University of Washington School of Law
CILP is a weekly email index of current articles from over 500 legal publications. The index is organized by subject, and complete tables of contents for all indexed journals are available.

SmartCILP is a service that provides automated personalized delivery of only the portions of CILP of interest to you. A SmartCILP profile is created by choosing the topic headings, individual legal subjects, and journal tables of contents you wish to receive.

Drake Law faculty can request the full CILP listing every week and/or receive a SmartCILP. A limited number of CILP subscriptions are also available to law students on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are interested in receiving CILP/SmartCILP, contact David Hanson ( for further information. (Note: a CILP/SmartCILP service for a student remains active through the semester. If you want to continue it for the next semester, please renew with David Hanson.)

The most current 8 issues of CILP are also available on Westlaw (Database Identifier: CILP). 

Contents Pages from Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals
Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas School of Law
Keyword-searchable database of tables of contents from more than 750 law reviews and other scholarly publications related to the law published in the United States and abroad. Updated daily, the database lists journal issues received over the past three months by the Tarlton Law Library.

Current Law Journal Content
Washington and Lee University Law Library 
Table of contents coverage of over 1,300 law journals. The database contains no articles in full text, although it might link to full text.

Works in Progress (Articles not yet Published)

Use the following to find copies of working papers, preprints, articles accepted for publication, and the like. They provide access to articles not available elsewhere. (Note: they may also include older articles that have been published.)

SSRN/Legal Scholarship Network 
Social Science Research Network
Browsable and searchable abstracts and selected full text preprints, articles, and studies (PDF format). Use the “Search” command from the top menu line to retrieve papers by keyword search.

Bepress Legal Repository 
Berkeley Electronic Press
Browsable and searchable database of many full text law-related research materials posted by law schools, research units, institutes, centers, think tanks, conferences, and other subject-appropriate groups (PDF format).

NELLCO Legal Scholarship Repository 
New England Law Library Consortium
Browsable and searchable database of preprints, articles, conference papers, and other scholarly research (PDF format) from consortium member schools. Current depositing law schools are Boston College, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Fordham, Georgetown, Harvard, New England School of Law, NYU, Pierce Law, Quinnipiac University School of Law, Roger Williams, Suffolk, U. of Connecticut, U. of Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Yale.

Google Scholar also provides access to a range of scholarly literature on the Web, including working papers. 

To find additional law-related digital repositories, use OpenDOAR, the Directory of Open Access Repositories. By the search box that says "any subject area," scroll down to Law and Politics (under Social Sciences General) and click on search.

Law-Related Conferences

AllConferences.Com offers "a directory of conferences, conventions, trade shows, exhibits, workshops, events and business meetings." Categories include law, agriculture, business, higher education, and more. 

Conference Alerts provides information about upcoming academic conferences around the world in a variety of topics, including law, agriculture, business, children and youth, conflict resolution, higher education, teaching and learning, and more.  You can also create a profile to receive e-mail updates for conferences matching your stated interests and other criteria. 

Hieros Gamos Worldwide Law Events Calendar provides a searchable database of law-related events.

Law Review Symposia lists upcoming symposia and is maintained by Bepress.

Law School Symposia lists current and upcoming symposia and is maintained by Professor Rick Bales at Salmon P. Chase College of Law.

Legal Scholarship Blog, a blog providing information about upcoming legal conferences and calls for papers, is maintained by librarians at the University of Washington School of Law.

SSRN/LSN maintains a Conferences and Meetings page.

New Library Acquisitions and Routing

The library's new books list includes selected titles recently received by the Law Library and, in most cases, available for checkout.

Law faculty may also request that selected new library materials be routed to them. This type of material includes loose-leaf reports, supplemental material, journals, periodicals, and newsletters. Contact Michael Spoerl (ext. 2051, for more information.

Last Modified: 9/2/2009 2:47:00 PM by Karen Wallace