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Legal Research

General Research Databases

These general databases cover a wide range of topics.  These databases can be a great starting point to find some general information on your research topic. 


Google Scholar

 With with the search engine  Google Scholar ,  you can find full text legal opinions from U.S. federal and state district, appellate and supreme courts. You can also search in  Google Scholar  for articles in law reviews and scholarly journals. Google Scholar is connected to Whittemore Library's databases, so an article from your search results should be availabe full-text from our library if you see and click on the link,  "Find it @ Framingham State", to the right of the article.   If you find an article or citation that we do not have access to at FSU, you can request the article via inter-library loan.

Key Databases

HeinOnline provides access to over 1500 legal and social science journal articles, plus statutes and regulations of the U.S. and other countries.

Additional Databases of Interest

E Journals & Print Journals at FSU

Enter the title of the journal you need
in the Full Text Journal Finder
to link to the journal if it is available online
through a database and/or the publisher.

Print Journals   (paper, microfilm and microfiche):

To find a listing of where a print journal, magazine, or newspaper is located (either upstairs in the Periodicals Area
on the Upper Mezzanine (UM) or downstairs in the Lower Reading Room [LRR] one flight down from the main floor in the Lower Mezzanine).

1.  Enter the title of the journal you need
in the Full Text Journal Finder  (see link above)

2.  For a list of F.S.U.'s print periodical holdings (paper or microforms), look for the F.S.U Periodical Holdings List, in the red binders
You can find those red binders in the Periodicals Area and at the Reference desk.  

3.  Search the MLN Online Catalog for individual periodical titles.