This page provides starting points for information relevant to your journal and covers the following topics:
As always, if you need additional assistance, please request a Student Consult and we will be glad to help.
ECGAR "strives to answer questions surrounding litigation, as well as address issues of financial risk management, labor law, products liability, environmental law, health law, and lawmaking" Because of this, you will find yourself writing and spading in a wide variety of legal topics.
We recommend that once you've familiarized yourself with an area you'd like to explore further, you schedule a research consultation with a law librarian so that we can point you to more specialized resources.
Finding Guides by Subject:
You can limit your database search by title, subject, or most popular databases. Explore the available databases here:
Business and Corporate Databases:
Corporate Governance law blogs include:
Legal news and current awareness tools are a good source for identifying developing areas of law ripe for new scholarship.
You will need to do a preemption check to make sure that your idea is original. To do this, you should do a thorough search of the legal literature to determine if another author has already published on your topic, using the same analysis as yours.
1. Compile a List of Search Terms: Start by compiling a list of search terms that will retrieve any articles similar to your proposed comment.
2. Search Law Journal Articles: Search for recent law review articles on your topic in the law journal databases on Westlaw and Lexis. If your proposed comment is based on a case or statute, you should also use Keycite on Westlaw and Shepards on Lexis to find articles analyzing the case or statute.
You might also search in Legal Research Index on Westlaw, using the index headings to find articles on your topic, and in the Current Index to Legal Periodicals on Westlaw and Hein Online, a weekly index service arranged by subject area. Both are good for finding the most recent law journal articles in a subject area.
3. Search For Interdisciplinary Articles (if applicable)
4. Search for Books/Chapters: You should also check for books and book chapters that might have been published on your topic, using discoverE, the Emory University Libraries catalog, and WorldCat, a catalog of the holdings of U.S. and international libraries.
5. Search for Unpublished Materials: To find working papers and pending law review articles, search the abstracts in the Legal Scholarship Network, a division of SSRN, and the articles in the bepress Legal Repository. Academic legal blogs, such as the Legal Theory Blog and the blogs in the Law Professor Blogs Network, sometimes post announcements of new legal scholarship.
*Be sure to keep checking for new articles on your topic, and other developments that might affect your research, using alerts on Westlaw and Lexis, and by following topical legal blogs and newsletters.*
Additional Guides on Preemption
Some other legal research guides on preemption include:
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Citations depend on the latest edition The Bluebook. The new 21st edition lists noteworthy changes from the previous edition. The T2 tables for foreign jurisdictions in the Electronic Bluebook are available for free.
The 21st Edition of the Bluebook is now available online. Individual subscriptions are available starting at $39 per year. For assistance with the new edition of The Bluebook, submit a Student Consultation Request with the librarians, who have the new editions.
For a free, online alternative, try the Indigo Book, based on the Bluebook Uniform System of Citation.
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Check out this guide on Student Support for Law Students for the Fall 2021 Semester.
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Here you will find information on:
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