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Legal Research Manual

This edition of Legal Research Manual builds on many previous editions. While the manual is designed principally for use with the first year legal research classes, upper year law students will also find it a useful reference.

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Literature from Other Disciplines

Scholars from disciplines outside of law (e.g. Sociology, Business, Political Studies, etc.) sometimes publish research on topics that have legal dimensions. To locate scholarly literature from other disciplines, you would need to move beyond law-specific indexes and databases. 

Start with an Omni search (see Omni Search Tips). Omni provides access to journal articles and other resources (books, videos, documents, etc.) across all academic disciplines. In addition, Omni provides access to high-quality resources from over 15 other Ontario university libraries, thereby helping you to discover additional resources outside of Queen’s.

For a more targeted search of journal articles from a specific discipline, you should consult journal indexes and databases from that discipline. To locate discipline-specific indexes and databases, go to the Queen's Library Homepage and select 'Research by Subject' in the Quick Links menu. Then, select the desired subject.

Screenshot of QUL homepage.

Screenshot of Queen's University Library subject webpage.

This takes you to a subject landing page that contains links to guides, databases and journals for that subject area. Under "Guides", there should be a general guide for the subject area, e.g. Business.

Screenshot of Queen's University Library business landing page.

Look for a heading that says "Articles" or "Journals" in the subject guide. This should contain specific information about key journal databases and indexes for the discipline.

Screenshot of Queen's University Library business libguide.