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It is common for people to simply search the full text legal periodicals on Lexis and Westlaw. You find some articles, you have the full text. Here you have one stop shopping.
So why bother with a periodical index?
- Some Journals only have “selected” articles on Lexis and Westlaw. If you want to do a comprehensive search, you need a journal index.
- Standardized subject headings. (tip: use a keyword search to find a few good things, then use their subject headings to find more like them)
- Coverage: full text of Journals can begin anywhere from the early 1980’s on. Online Periodical Indexes often start from this time period, but you can go back to the paper indexes, if you think that there is significant literature on your topic before then.
- Interdisciplinary work. Sometimes you don’t have full text available in the discipline you need to research.