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Finding Articles in the Law Library

Prepared by Diane Murley, SIU Law Library, Updated January 2006

Electronic indexes:


The Law Library has many print and electronic resources that you can use to find journal articles on your topic.

LegalTrac is a good place to start if you want law-related articles from 1980 to the present. LegalTrac is available to SIU Campus Users.

If you need help using LegalTrac, see Using LegalTrac to Find Legal Articles.

The law library's subscription to WilsonWeb includes two databases, which combined include indexing of legal periodicals from 1908 to present and selected full-text articles from 1994 to present. However, because of license restrictions, WilsonWeb is only available from computers on the Law School network.

If you need help using WilsonWeb, see Using WilsonWeb to Find Legal Articles.

Print indexes:

Current Law Index (CLI)
Index to Legal Periodicals (ILP)

The SIU Law Library subscribes to both the Current Law Index (CLI) and the Index to Legal Periodicals (ILP). CLI is the print equivalent of the LegalTrac index, and ILP is the print equivalent of the WilsonWeb index. Both print indexes can be found in the Reference section on the first floor of the law library. See law library floor maps or ask a member of the library staff for assistance.

For information on other resources for finding articles, see Legal Periodical Indexes Guide.

SIUC Law Library catalog

Once you identify an article that you want to read, you can check if the law library has the journal containing your article by searching for the title of the Journal (NOT the article) on SIU Law Library catalog, the SIU Law Library catalog.

If the law library has the journal you need, note both the call number and the location and retrieve the item from the shelf. In general, journals are arranged alphabetically by title on the second floor of the law library. Newer issues of the journal are kept on reserve.

If you need help finding something in the law library, ask a member of the library staff or consult a law library floor map.


Once you have identified the citation of an article you wish to look at, you may be able to find an exact page image (PDF) of the article on HeinOnline, which has more than 370 journal titles available from their first publication date. HeinOnline is available to SIU Campus Users.

SIU Morris Library catalog

If the journal you want is not available in the Law Library, you can determine whether SIUC's Morris Library has the journal by searching SIUCat, the Morris Library online catalog. Make a note of both location and call number, then retrieve the item from Morris Library.

During the renovation of Morris Library, many books and journals will be stored offsite. See information about the Library's storage facilities and requesting materials located there.

Interlibrary Loan

Law students, faculty, and staff may request an interlibrary loan if they cannot find what they need in either the Law Library or Morris Library. See Interlibrary Loan Policies for more information. Forms for interlibrary loan requests are available at the circulation desk.

The law library is unable to request materials through interlibrary loan for non-law students, faculty, and staff, or for members of the public.

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