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Are law review articles the same as peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles?

Articles relating to law are frequently found in law school publications called law reviews or law journals  -- the scholarly literature of the legal profession.  They are

  • usually edited by law students and contain "notes" written by law students and articles written by law professors, judges or attorneys. 
  • cover narrow subjects, or cutting edge areas of the law and contain hundreds of footnotes citing primary and secondary sources.
  • are sometimes published in conjunction with other entities like the American Bar Association and there is a growing trend toward peer-reviewed law journals --  journals  reviewed by experts in the field, rather than students.

 (Law Review. (2005). In S. Phelps & J. Lehman (Eds.), West's Encyclopedia of American Law (2nd ed., Vol. 6, pp. 215-216). Detroit: Gale.).)

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Lehman ID Barcode example

  • Your Library Barcode is located on the front of your ID Card (see above). Enter the number without spaces or dashes.
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