Step 10. Literature Searches

Scholarly studies of New York State laws are published in law reviews and monographs. Newspapers, like The New York Times, cover the political, social, economic and legal aspects of society. Observations of editors and columnists may be useful in providing background information on State legislation.

Indexes to Legal Periodicals.

NOTE: To find where a law journal is indexed consult Ulrich's International Periodicals Directory (New Providence, NJ: R.R. Bowker, annual). RR, 016.05 qP44.

  1. Printed indexes.
    • c. 1790-1937. An Index to Legal Periodical Literature (Boston: Boston Book Co./ Los Angeles: Parker and Baird Co./ rpt. Buffalo: Dennis). "To Dec. 1886-1937". L, 016.34 I387 202-10492.
    • 1926-present. Index to Legal Periodicals and Books (Buffalo: Dennis/ New York: H.W. Wilson). Monthly issues, annual cumulations. L, 016.34705 I38.
  2. Online databases.
    • 1980-present (the beginning date varies with serial title). LegalTrac (Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Group).  Available at any Internet computer in the Computer/Internet Sign-Up area at the Library.

      This database indexes over 800 English- language legal publications. It includes law-related articles from over 1,000 business and general periodicals.

      Search your topic by subject heading or keywords. This database indexes a journal article by assigning it a subject heading. These headings are found in an online thesaurus, "The Subject Guide." Also, the database enhances the title of the article with descriptors and jurisdiction. If the subject is not known, type a keyword in the keyword search mode, "Basic Search." Scan the resulting list for relevant articles. Click on the icon, "Explore," to display subject headings in the "Search Guide," and continue your search with these subject headings and divisions. For example, to find law review articles on reforming rights of petition within New York State jurisdiction, type "petition and new york."

      If you are searching a specific law journal in a given year, use the field search mode, "Publication Search."

    • 1980- present. Legal Resource Index (DIALOG, File 150). We search this commercial database for the public for a fee; the search is free of charge for State government.
    • 1980 (or later)- present. "Law Reviews & Journals" in LEXIS-NEXIS.
      1. Includes Index to Legal Periodicals and Legal Resource Index.
      2. "Law Reviews by Jurisdiction". Includes "New York Law Reviews Combined."
      3. "Law Reviews by Area of Law."
      4. "Individual Law Reviews and Journals." Each article is full-text. A search fee is charged, except for State government.

Background Material for New York State Laws.

  1. New York Times Index (New York: R.R. Bowker/ New York Times). This newspaper is on microfilm in the Microform Area, from 1851 to current with about a two month lag. Current paper editions available at the Circulation Desk.
    • Printed index.
      • 1851-present. Printed index at R, 071 qN5492. Semimonthly updates/ quarterly cumulations.
    • Online indexes.  Available at any Internet computer in the Computer/Internet Sign-Up area at the Library.
      • 1857-2004.  Proquest Historical Newspapers.  Full text.
      • 1980-present. National Newspaper Index (Farmington Hills, MI:  Gale Group).
      • 1994-present. Newspaper Source in EBSCOhost. Index.
      • 1995-present.  America's Newspapers (Newsbank). Full text.
      • 1995-present.  Infotrac Custom Newspapers (Gale Group).  Full text.
  2. Public Affairs Information Services.
    • Printed indexes.
      • 1915-1990. PAIS Bulletin (New York: H.W. Wilson/ Public Affairs Information Services). "Cumulative Subject Index, 1915-1974." R, 016.3 qP97.
      • 1991-present. PAIS International in Print. Monthly/ interim cumulations. R, 016.3 qP147 91-12335.
    • Online index. Available at any Internet computer in the Computer/Internet Sign-Up area at the Library.
      • 1972-present. PAIS International (Bethesda, MD: Proquest-CSA). Index.
Last Updated: April 6, 2011