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Writers' Tools

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Locating Paper Topics Using BNA Publications
This guide will help law students find a topic that is timely and unique. For a complete listing of BNA publications to which the SIU law library subscribes electronically, go to Subscription Electronic Resources.

Introduction to Basic Legal Citation (LII 2003 ed.)
Online tutorial by Prof. Peter W. Martin. This introduction covers how to cite to the types legal materials that are most often cited. Each type of material covered has an introductory unit linked to a unit on "how to cite" the types of documents discussed.
Publisher: Cornell's Legal Information Institute.

Bluebook Abbreviations of Law Review Titles http://lib.law.washington.edu/cilp/abbrev.html
Bluebook (A Uniform System of Citation, 18th ed., 2005) abbreviations for over 500 law reviews and journals.
Publisher: Gallagher Law Library, University of Washington School of Law.

Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations
Search for the meaning of an abbreviation or how to abbreviate a title. The database covers English language legal publications, mainly case reports and law periodicals, but also some legislative publications and major textbooks. A selection of major foreign language law publications is also included.

Law Review Rankings
Law Review Rankings for 1990, 1995, and 2002. Provides bibliography to works on legal citation analysis and options to see lists of most cited American Law Periodicals. For the 2002 database, data are culled from different research studies, and are based on analyses of Westlaw's JLR database, Social Science Citation Index Legal Periodical subset, Federal and State cases from Westlaw's ALLCASES database. Results can be limited to specialized, general, or merged. 1990 and 1995 results are displayed as lists in htm.
Publisher: John Doyle, Washington and Lee University School of Law Library.

Law Journals: Submissions and Ranking
Find law journals by subject, country, or journal rank; retrieve journal editorial information; or submit an article to selected journals.
Publisher: John Doyle, Washington and Lee University School of Law Library.

Contents Pages from Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals
Browse or search tables of contents from scholarly law-related publications. Database includes journal issues received over the past three months by the Tarlton Law Library.
Publisher: Tarlton Law Library, University of Texas School of Law.

Books about Legal Writing Style, Grammar, and Punctuation
A selection of books available in the SIU law library for those who need a refresher on good legal writing.

Legal Dictionaries and Glossaries

Consumers' Guide to Legal Help – Legal Terms Glossary
Browse by clicking on the first letter of the word or phrase.
Publisher: American Bar Association.

Resources: Glossary
Browse by clicking on the first letter of the word or phrase.
Publisher: American Bar Association, Division for Public Education.

Findlaw's Legal Dictionary
Search the dictionary for a defined term.
Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Inc.

Law.com's Real Life Dictionary of the Law
Search for a defined legal term, search the definitions, or choose a letter and select the word you want from an alphabetical list.
Publisher: General Publishing Group.

Everybody's Legal Glossary
Plain-English definitions for over a thousand legal terms.
Publisher: Nolo.com.

'Lectric Law Library's Legal Lexicon
Browse the dictionary alphabetically (helpful if you are not sure how to spell a term).

List of links to law dictionaries. This page also has links to other specialty dictionaries.


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