Legal & Paralegal Studies - Fort Wayne

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Find Legal Articles

Use the databases links below to find case law and articles on legal topics. 

Nexis Uni

Access to Nexis Uni is provided to registered Paralegal students through their classes. It is also available at the Allen County Public Library, or use your ACPL library card number for remote access.

Scholarly Articles

Also known as "Academic Articles" or "Peer Reviewed" articles. Scholarly articles are are written by experts in a field for other experts. They are printed in scholarly journals to share original data, research, or ideas within a field of study. Articles in scholarly journals are reviewed and accepted by other experts in the same field, or peers. 

Trade Publications

Trade publications are written by professionals for professionals, but may not be peer-reviewed. Trade publications inform and share info about news, trends, technologies, best practices, and products within an industry or profession. 

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Use Keywords

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Try Synonyms

It can be useful to think of a couple of synonyms for key words. Using the example above, you could use “mobile phones” as well as “cell phones.” Slang is often a problem in searches. For example, “car” will get different results than “automobile” in many databases

Try Connectors (AND/OR/NOT)

The connectors are used to link your key words to one another. AND will limit a search and should be used to link different things or concepts. OR expands your search and should be used to link similar things. NOT can be used to exclude words that are muddying your search.

Databases are different than Google 

  • Note the subject terms in your search results, usually appearing below an article citation: these can be used to focus your search
  • Use the shortest form of a word (truncation): prison gets prison, prisons, prisoners in most databases
  • Put quotation marks around phrases "public safety"

Legal Studies Journals

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