Research Alerts

To keep up on new developments, here are some of the most helpful sources available for legal scholars.

Research Alerts Available to All Northwestern Law Users

E-Journal Alerts

Many publishers will send Northwestern Community members a free Table of Contents alert when a new issue comes out. Many legal and social science journals are included. See E-Journal Alerts by Publisher for details.

Lexis and Westlaw Alerts Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community

For most Lexis and Westlaw databases, you can set up an alert to let you know when new content has been added to the database meeting your research interests.

Lexis: To create a Lexis alert, select Save as Alert at the top of the screen, after you have entered the search you want in the database you would like the search to run. See the Lexis alerts tutorial.

Westlaw: WestClip To create a "WestClip" account, select Add Search to WestClip from the top of your search result, after you have entered the search you want in the database you would like the search to run. You can also create a WestClip from any screen in Westlaw, by selecting Alert Center from the menu at the upper right. See the WestClip tutorial.

RSS Feeds

Through an aggregator, you can set up RSS/XML ("Really Simple Syndication") feeds of interest for your research and monitor news from various domestic and international websites or blogs.  If you don’t already use an aggregator and would like to get started, consult a directory and description of available aggregators, such as newsonfeeds.com (http://www.newsonfeeds.com/faq/aggregators). Aggregators like Google Reader, Newsgator, FeedDemon, Feedreader, and Bloglines are some of the most popular web-based aggregators; however, as you can see from the above website and descriptions, there are many options for desktop news aggregators.  An aggregator manages feeds and new postings to websites or blogs that you set up as a member to the service, which is usually free, by aggregating those feeds in a single online location.  When you initially set up an account, the service will ask you to set up your feeds for news and blogs.  By going to a website, you can usually easily see whether it has an RSS or XML icon on the homepage: . Then, you can click on the RSS/XML icon and the URL will appear for the feed, which you can easily paste into your aggregator.

Available only to Northwestern Law Faculty

New Books and Periodicals Alert

This project is designed to alert you monthly, via e-mail, about recently acquired books and periodicals that match your areas of interest. After you complete an interest profile (similar to the one you may have completed for SmartCILP) you will be notified via e-mail when the library catalogs materials in those areas of interest. You can click here to complete the profile or contact your liaison. This is a complex project and may be modified over time based upon your suggestions.

Review of New Issues. Reference librarians review all English language law journals received by the library to identify items relevant to faculty teaching and research interests.

SmartCILP. Faculty members may subscribe, at no charge, to SmartCILP, a customized current awareness service for periodical articles. SmartCILP, a service of the University of Washington's Gallagher Law Library, delivers a list of periodical article citations in your selected subject areas, as well as table of contents information for your selected journals, each week via e-mail. To subscribe to SmartCILP and establish your subject profile, please contact your liaison librarian. To see the most recent issue of the Current Index to Legal Periodicals, please click here.

Finding Current Journal Issues

In general, if you want to know if the law library has electronic access to the current issue of a law journal, please visit our Journal Finder, or enter the name of the journal in the university's electronic resources page, or search NUcat, the library catalog. In many cases, new law review contents are available on LexisNexis or Westlaw.

Scholarly Current Awareness

New Acquisitions List, Pritzker Legal Research Center

Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP) Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community Weekly list of law review articles by topic.

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