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Law: Articles

A start guide to legal research in the C J Koh Law Library

Introduction

Law journals and reviews are collections of articles on specific legal topics. They are published periodically and provide information on the latest developments in the law as well as comments and criticisms of the law.

Examples include the Criminal Law Review, Harvard Law Review, Journal of Equity and Singapore Journal of Legal Studies.

Guides & Tutorials

The following Powerpoint tutorial provides guidance on how to search for local journal articles:
Singapore Legal Resources: Journal Articles

Article Citations

Citations are references to where you can locate articles in law journals and reviews.

Examples:
1. Dora Neo, “The Sale of Goods (Amendment) Act 1996: Satisfactory Quality, an Undivided Share in a Bulk and other Amendments” (1997) 9 SAcLJ 362.
2. David Feldman, “The Nature of Legal Scholarship” (198952 Mod.L.Rev. 498

Citations contain:

  • author of the article
  • title of the article
  • year the article was published
  • volume number of the journal
  • journal abbreviation
  • first page of the article

To determine availability and location of print copies of journals, search the library catalogue, LINC (Books & Media tab). Alternatively, search for full text articles in one of the law databases listed in the right column.

Legal Abbreviations

Indexes to Legal Periodicals

A good way to start searching for articles is to use an index to legal periodicals. The following databases contain citations to a wide range of journal articles. Search for articles by author, subject or keyword:

After you have obtained the article citation, search for the print copy of the journal by title through the library catalogue, LINC (Books & Media tab), or for an online copy in one of the law databases listed in the right column.

NUS Law Working Paper Series

Browse the following Working Paper Series by NUS Law and its Centres for relevant articles (mostly published on SSRN):

Full Text Databases

For a full listing of law journal databases, see Guide to Electronic Resources Collection.

Here is a selection of the more commonly used databases:

Newspapers

Newspaper articles are important as they provide current information on cases which may take a while to be reported or may never be published in the reporters. The following databases provide access to a wide variety of newspapers and other news sources:

See also: E-Newspapers

*indicates open access database

Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search

Install the Proxy Bookmarklet for direct access to full texts of journal articles that are within the NUS Libraries' subscription.