1) Start by finding the full name of the journal.
2) Once you have the full name of the journal (Harvard Law Review in this example) enter it in the Primo search box in the Advanced Search option and change material type to Journals. Make sure you are in the Books+ tab.
Remember to log in to Primo before you start searching!
3) The name of the journal will usually be at the top of your results list. Click on the SFX button and ‘Open source in a new window’.
‘Read this now’ lists the databases through which we have access to this title, including years of coverage.
‘Get this later’ will take you to the catalogue where you can find out if we have this title on paper.
4) Check the year coverage in the ‘Read this now’ section and click on GO to link out to the appropriate database. (The one including the year you are interested in.)
Harvard Law Review articles from year 2015 are obtainable through HeinOnline and
5) Every database is structured differently but the general rule is that once in, you need
to try and find the list of years available, or the archive or, in the case of Westlaw
and Lexis the list of years in the Browse section.
6) Check your citation again to make sure you are in the right year, then find the volume (or issue number if there is one) and lastly, look for the page number.
If you are not managing to find the article this way, still inside the journal (step 6) use the search box and enter words from the title of the article! Always check your citation thoroughly to make sure you have found the right article.
Have a look at our PowToon slideshow on finding legal journal articles.
(Switch Autoplay to ‘on’ to watch this presentation as a video.)
Warning: The Primo interface has slightly changed since this video was published. However, the search mechanism is still the same.
Please come and speak to us if you have any questions!
Taylor Library Team