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Introduction to Health Services Research : A Self-Study Course

Module 4: Search the Literature of HSR: Databases (Page 21 of 29)
Section 1: Health Services Research Databases and Information Resources

Index to Legal Periodicals

The Index to Legal Periodicals is a database of interest to health services researchers, especially those who are lawyers, and to the librarians who work on projects with them for articles dealing with jurisprudence, (including recent court decisions, legislation, and original works of scholarship).

More on the Index to Legal Periodicals

  • Producer: H.W. Wilson Company http://www.hwwilson.com/
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  • Topics: Contains citations to articles selected from more than 760 legal periodicals, including journals, yearbooks, and annual reviews. Covers articles deemed to provide significant information on recent court decisions, new legislation, precedents, administrative law, antitrust regulations and suits, copyright and patent law, international law, and securities law. Also covers some 2500 books annually. Covers all areas of jurisprudence, including copyright and patent law, tax law and estate planning, international law, constitutional law, malpractice suits, securities and antitrust legislation, labor law, criminal law, family law, real property, discrimination, environmental law, legal librarianship and intellectual property law. Full text for over 200 select periodicals, as far back as 1994.
  • Note: Index to Legal Periodicals Retrospective: 1918-1981
    This new retrospective database will index over 500 legal periodicals published in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand according to the H.W. Wilson site.

Exercise

  1. If you have access to this database try a search on a topic of interest. What kinds of content showed up? Does the content give you access to materials you would not find in the databases you search regularly? Discuss.

Discussion Questions

  1. When or why would a health services researcher need access to the legal literature via a database such as the Index to Legal Periodicals?
  2. When or why would a librarian find this database useful for his/her work?
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