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Introduction

This section offers information on how to use library resources to find books, journals, journal articles and other documents, as well as how to find the best sources in various subscription databases.

 

Using the Emory Library Catalog: discoverE

Use discoverE to search the catalog for all Emory libraries.  You can find books, book chapters in edited collections, and journals on your topic.  discoverE will also offer suggestions to refine your search results by topic, author, library, date, or language.  But note that not all sources in some law school databases are not included in discoverE’s search results (Westlaw, Lexis, Bloomberg).

You will notice SFX buttons or links in discoverE and many databases.  These SFX buttons and links deep-link into other online resources.  Follow SFX links to the full text of articles and treatises in various databases to which Emory Libraries subscribe. 

 

Finding Print Resources

Use discoverE to find books in the law library and other campus libraries.  Use Worldcat to find books in other libraries for interlibrary loan.  Look up the appropriate call number ranges to find books on a particular subject.  You can also take a few minutes to browse the shelves around one helpful book to find others in the same subject area.

Finding aids located inside print resources:

 

Databases Available Through Emory Libraries

Electronic Resources by Subject includes all law-related databases to which the Emory law library subscribes.  In addition to the categorized list by subject, you can also view an alphabetical list by database name.  Most are available both on and off campus to members of the Emory community. A sample of the most frequently used includes:

  • CCH IntelliConnect:  Include newsletters, reporters, statutes, and looseleaf treatises and handbooks.  You can either browse or search through topical libraries.  Free registration is required.
  • Hein Online: Provides full-text images of law reviews, US Reports, Federal Register, CFR, treaties, legislative histories, and more.  Hein is often the only searchable source for older materials.
  • Bloomberg BNA: Offers access to daily and weekly reports in a searchable newsletter format.  Titles include US Law Week and the Bankruptcy Law Reporter.  The BNA Resource Centers include reporters, codes, portfolios, full versions of treatises and guides, multiple databases with email updates available.
  • Bloomberg Law:  Requires and individual password to use.  Includes primary law, legal news, BNA law reports, dockets, business and company information, and Bloomberg Dealmaker for transactional practice.

Databases @ Emory is a collection of over 800 subscription databases that are available campus-wide.  Included are databases for finding articles in many non-law disciplines such as economics, history, political science, and sociology.  Some databases provide only citations and abstracts, but most provide the full-text of articles.  Also included are statistical databases and databases of historical newspapers in image format.  Click on By Subject to see a list of all databases related to a particular subject area.

eJournals @ Emory provides direct access to electronic journals.  You can search for relevant journals by key words in the journal title.  There are SFX links to these e-journals in Westlaw, Lexis, Hein, JSTOR, Proquest, and EBSCOhost.  eJournals are also available through discoverE.  Using the eJournals Citation Linker you can pull up an article by citation.     

Galileo is the Georgia Virtual Library which provides access to many state resources.  Databases under the Georgia tab include: Georgia Legislative Documents, Georgia government agency publications (in the Digital Library of Georgia), New Georgia Encyclopedia, and Georgia newspapers and historical information. 

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