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Law Journals and Articles

Legal journals and articles provide in-depth analysis and commentary on legal issues and developments, as well as insights into legal theory and practice. The following step-by-step instructions and tips for searching these resources help you quickly and efficiently locate the articles you need through LibrarySearch, legal databases, and Google Scholar

Should I find journal articles from Library Search or subject-specific databases?

While LibrarySearch indexes the majority of materials subscribed to by the Library, it is important to note that some subject-specific databases may have information that is not searchable* through LibrarySearch. 

To find journal articles in Lexis Advance® Hong Kong, Westlaw Asia, and Westlaw Classic, click on the relevant link for instructions.

* Notes: some materials in these databases may also be indexed by other databases such as HeinOnline. In such cases, you can find these materials in HeinOnline via LibrarySearch without having to search through Lexis Advance® Hong Kong, Westlaw Asia, and Westlaw Classic individually.

Simple Search

  1. Go to the Library homepage.
  2. Enter your keywords or the article title into the search box.
  3. Select Articles from the drop-down menu.
  4. Click on the magnifier icon to start the search.

  5. Click the article title or Full text available link to open the record.
    Alternatively, click on the BrowZine link to download the article in PDF format.

    * Note: Read this page to learn how to sort the results and refine the search results using filters.

  6. To access the article, go to the View It section and click on the platform link. 
    * Note 1: Some articles may be indexed on multiple platforms.
    * Note 2: You may need to search with the article title again on the platform page for some journals.
    * Note 3: Read this page to learn more about the features on the result page.

Journal Search

  1. Go to the Library homepage.
  2. Click on Journals in the top menu.
  3. Enter the name of the journal and then click on the magnifier icon to start the search
  4. Click on the article title or the Online access link.
  5. You will then see the platform link(s) under the View It section on the result page.
    * Note: some journals may be indexed on multiple platforms. Select the platform with the coverage that fits your needs.

Advanced Search

Explore the Create an Effective Search Query page to learn how to use the Advanced Search function. This will help you to locate the most relevant journal articles for your assignment, research, and academic pursuits.

Searching journal articles on Lexis Advance: 

Use the Search Box: 

  1. Log in to Lexis Advance® Hong Kong from the Library Homepage.
  2. Enter your keyword(s), such as "professional negligence".
  3. Click on Search: Everything >.
  4. Limit the result to HK Secondary Materials. You can filter the jurisdiction in Step 6.
  5. Click on Search.

  6. You can limit the result to a specific jurisdiction here.
  7. Limit the result to Journals.
  8. Click on the article title to read and download the full text.

Via Quick Find 

  1. Log in to Lexis Advance® Hong Kong from the Library Homepage.
  2. Click on Secondary Materials in Quick Find.
  3. Input your keyword(s), such as "professional negligence" in Terms to search the full text.
  4. Choose whether to search within HK Secondary Materials or Internation Snapshot View.
  5. Filter the jurisdiction.
  6. Limit the content type to journals.
  7. Click on the article title to read and download the full text.

Video Tutorial

Browsing journal articles from the sidebar: 

  1. Log in to Westlaw Asia from the Library Homepage.  It is optional to input a client Identifier.  You may skip it and click on Continue to proceed.
    (You may refer to this video tutorial on how to make the best use of the Client Identifier.)
  2. Click on the Journals tab in the sidebar to start browsing.
  3. Select journals from different countries or regions, such as Hong Kong Journals.
  4. Choose a journal title, such as Hong Kong Law Journal.
  5. Browse the journal by Year. You can then download the journal by Article Title or by Issue in PDF format.

*Notes: You can also make use the search boxes above to search journal articles while browsing.

Searching Journal Articles from the homepage: 

  1. Log in to Westlaw Asia from the Library Homepage. It is optional to input a client Identifier.  You may skip it and click on Continue to proceed.
    (You may refer to this video tutorial on how to make the best use of the Client Identifier.)
  2. Enter your search term in the search bar. You can check the Boolean terms and connectors in Westlaw Asia by clicking the information icon or visiting this page. For example, the search term "common law" /s evolution OR development asks Westlaw Asia to return results containing the phrase "common law" with either "evolution" or "development" in the same sentence.
  3. Select Journals from the drop-down menu.
  4. Check the boxes for the country/countries you would like to search, such as Hong Kong and United Kingdom.
  5. Click on the Search button.

  6. Sort the results by Publication or by Relevance on the result page.
  7. Narrow down your search by using the Search within search box, if needed.
  8. Click on the Full Text Article link to read the article.

Westlaw Classic is a legal research platform that can help you locate legal resources in the United States and other jurisdictions. To find journal articles on Westlaw Classic, we recommend starting with the Secondary Sources or International Materials options under the Browse > All Content area. 

  1. Log in to Westlaw Classic from the Library Homepage.  You may input anything, say your first name, for the Client ID.
  2. Navigate to either Secondary Sources or International Materials.

  3. Enter your search term here. You can check the Boolean terms and connectors by visiting this page. For instance, the search term "alternative dispute resolution" OR mediation OR ADR /p "medical malpractice" OR "medical error" asks Westlaw Classic to return results containing the phrase "alternative dispute resolution" or mediation or ADR with either "medical malpractice" or "medical error" in the same paragraph.
  4. Filter the results to Journals only (or Law Reviews and Journals if you selected Secondary Sources in step 2). 
  5. You can narrow down your search by using the Search within results box, if needed.
  6. Finally, Click on the article title to read the full text.

Add Findit@CUHK Library in your Google Scholar

Do you find that publishers sometimes require payment before allowing access to articles found on Google Scholar?

With Findit@CUHK Library, you can download the full text of articles that we have subscriptions to, regardless of whether you are using Google Scholar on or off campus. Setting up this feature is easy and only requires a few simple steps:

  1. Click on the menu icon in the top-left corner of Google Scholar.
  2. Click on Settings.
  3. Choose Library links.
  4. Search for 'Chinese University of Hong Kong', and check the box for The Chinese University of Hong Kong Library - Findit@CUHK Library.
  5. Save your setting.

You can then see Findit@CUHK Library in the search result page even when using Google Scholar off campus.  It will direct you to our library's record for you to download the articles that we have subscribed to.

Unable to find the full text of a particular publication from our collection?

Don't worry, our Interlibrary Loan & Document Delivery Services (ILL) can help you obtain the materials you need for your research and private study from libraries across the globe. Learn how to make an ILL request from the step-by-step instructions in our User Guide.

Law Journals Highlights

What is a Peer-reviewed Journal?

A peer-reviewed journal is an academic publication that employs a rigorous quality control process to ensure the accuracy and validity of the research it publishes. Before a researcher's work is published in a peer-reviewed journal, it undergoes a thorough review by a panel of experts in the same research field as the author. This process helps to ensure that the research meets a minimum standard of quality and credibility. Peer review is an essential component of academic publishing and helps to maintain the integrity of the scientific research process.

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