Some services providing analysis of current development in the field and reports of recently decided cases are available in print in the Law Library. Searching the catalog for these tools can be difficult at times. Consider using “reporter” and your legal topic as a keyword search. Other words that may prove useful include “weekly”, “alert”, “current”, “news”, “analysis”, or “newspaper” and then use one of these in conjunction with “law” or “legal.”
Browsing the shelves still works! Go to your subject area of interest in the stacks and look for multi-volume looseleaf services, in particularly ones by BNA (Bureau of National Affairs) or CCH (Commerce Clearing House).
Social Media Tools for Current Awareness
Social media is another great place to discover and keep up on the latest legal issues.
There are a number of law blogs ("blawgs") in specialized subject areas written by attorneys, professors, judges, students, and other legal specialists. Use the links below to find a blog of an interest.
Finding a topic is the first and often the most vexing challenge for law students writing a paper, note or comment for a class or law review. Choosing a paper topic that is neither too broad nor too narrow, both pertinent and topical, and not over nor under written about can be an exercise in frustration. Here we present a number of strategies to help you find the right topic for your law school paper.
Current Awareness Tools Online
Practicing attorneys use current awareness tools to stay up-to-date with breaking news, statutory and regulatory changes and appellate court opinions in their field of practice. You should learn how to use these tools in law school.
The Law Library subscribes to over 100 specialized BNA current awareness services online. Coverage in 28 topic areas, including environmental, intellectual property, labor & employment, business, corporate and tax law. Browse titles and subscribe to an email alert service in your legal area of interest for the latest legal news and analysis.
Bloomberg BNA is a leading source of legal, tax, regulatory, and business information for professionals. Bloomberg BNA’s authoritative coverage spans the full range of legal practice areas, including tax, intellectual property, banking, employee benefits, health care, privacy and environment.
CILP provides timely access to over 500 legal publications. Published weekly, this current awareness tool presents citations to legal articles by subject, along with the tables of contents of all journals indexed by CILP.
Direct links to the full text of articles are included for publications available on HeinOnline, Lexis Advance and WestlawNext.
You must login with your LC username and password to access CILP.
News and analysis (and much more) of environmental, health and safety, toxic tort, natural resource and land use law. Be sure to check the ELR Update, latest developments newsletters, and News & Analysis Journal.