Book Chapters Chapter 2, "Inspiration: Choosing a Subject & Developing a Thesis" in Scholarly Writing for Law Students, 5th ed., by Elizabeth Fajans & Mary R. Split Circuits – A blog dedicated to tracking developments concerning splits among the federal circuit courts.
The Adjunct Law Prof Blog - A section of the blog is an on-going list of Law Review Ideas.
This guide is written with the assumption that you have a working knowledge of both Westlaw and Lexis Advance.
In most databases, you have the option of using either the Terms & Connectors (Boolean) search method or the Natural Language search method.
Publishing Your Final Product In their paper-- (2016) (available on SSRN)--Nancy Levit and her co-authors provide suggestions for law students interested in publishing their work; and the authors provide a chart of 194 law reviews as to whether each accepts student submissions for publication.
Preemption Checklist Lexis and Westlaw – Note that coverage on Lexis & Westlaw generally begins around 1980.
Georgetown Law Library also has an extensive list of research guides here.
Alternatively, search the Internet for: Legal Research Guide [subject], e.g., Legal Research Guide Family Law, to find a reliable, accurate guide (usually published by academic law libraries).
The most popular are: Econ Lit for economics articles; Business Source Complete for news and articles about business; Academic Search Complete as a catch-all for many subjects; and Factiva for newspapers. Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN) and bepress Abstracts and full-text scholarly working papers in law, economics, and other fields. For more information on borrowing from other libraries see the Borrowing from Other Libraries page.
Papers are published here before submission to academic journals. If Mason does not own your book, use World Cat to find all the necessary information for filling out the ILLiad request form.