O'Quinn Law Library Newsletter February 2007  P. 31 Jenel Cotton | 2 Resources | 3 Safety Tips | 4 Brown Bag Presentations

Useful Resources: Legal Periodical Indexes
By Peter J. Egler, Head of Reference

Periodical indexes are valuable and often overlooked resources that enable patrons to conduct quick and precise periodical indexes searches. One of the advantages of periodical indexes is the article records are arranged by subject. If a researcher can locate a few useful articles that meet their search needs, the subject assignments quickly provide an extensive list of other articles on that subject. Electronic periodical indexes eliminate the need to browse through several index volumes.

The library’s primary electronic legal periodical index is Legaltrac. The Legaltrac search interface gives database users several search options.

The basic search function allows the user to search the database using keywords. The advanced search function allows users to limit their searches through a variety of fields, including author, article title, case name, journal title, name of person, subject, and text of abstract.

Both the basic and advanced search functions can be limited by journal title and date. Patrons can also specify that they want the results list to only include peer reviewed journals.

With a few exception, the Legaltrac periodical index isn't a full text database. Patrons can use Legaltrac to locate citations to journal articles, then access the full text of the articles through the library's other print and electronic resources.

Legaltrac can be accessed through the library's Indexes and Databases page.

Please contact the library if you have any questions about any of the library's databases.

Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO)
by Chenglin Liu, Foreign and International Law Librarian

CIAO is a comprehensive source for research in international affairs. It publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 onward that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs.

CIAO is also a source for teaching materials including original case studies written by leading international affairs experts, course packs of background readings for history and political science classes, and special features such as the analysis of a bin Laden recruitment tape with video. All sections of CIAO are updated monthly.

For those who are doing research on public international law, CIAO is highly recommended. The O'Quinn Law library subscribes to this database. It is can be accessed from the library's homepage--indexes and databases at: http://www.law.uh.edu/libraries/indexes.htm .