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Current Law Journal Content

CLJC Explanation


CLJC is an indexing (not a full-text) database. It contains table of contents information primarily for English language law journals from 2005 onwards. There is a project underway to extend the coverage back to 2000 for all journals (currently this is almost complete for the U.S. general law reviews). While the aim is to comprehensively index current world-wide academic English language law journals, some of those journals are difficult to obtain and the editors of CLJC do ask anyone with access to missing journals or issues, who is willing to do so, to send electronic copies of tables of contents to us. For a list of needed journals click here.

Current Law Journal Content:

Source of the Journal Content Information

The table of contents information is obtained from a number of sources:

Displaying Tables of Contents for a Date Range and/or Country

To display a contents listing for multiple journals, enter either a number of "days ago", or enter a date range. "0" days ago is today, "6" days ago includes today and the previous 6 days. Date ranges must be entered in the form YYYY-MM-DD. If only the "From" date is completed, then today's date will be used in the "To" field. Dates are usually the date the issue was added to the database, but in some instances may be the approximate date that the issue was published. A country may also be selected, this being usually the country of origin of the journal publisher, but sometimes may be the country that the journal is institutionally affiliated with. Note that country may not be of great relevence, for example, many English language journals of international scope are published in the Netherlands.

Searching for Articles

Case Sensitivity: Search words, logical connectors and field names are not case sensitive.

Word Expansion: Use an asterisk as the last character of a word to expand the word to words beginning with that stem. The word stem must have a least two characters. The asterisk cannot be used within a word.

Logical Connectors: If no AND, OR, NOT is used then words and fields have an implied AND between them, except that quoted phrases are searched as a unit. When combining AND, OR, NOT it is very important to use parentheses to be certain of the search logic. NOT is processed first, then AND, then OR, so e.g. (CRIME or CRIMINAL) and HIV would need the parenthesis to prevent retrieving unexpected results.

Fields: If you don't use a field name then ONLY the author, title, and abstract fields will be searched (note that the journal name will NOT be searched). Field options are:
JO (journal name), e.g. jo("yale law journal")
JC (journal code), e.g. jc(2)
AU (author name), e.g. au(garner or jones)
TI (article title), e.g. ti("law of torts")
AB (article abstract - if any), e.g. ab(crim*)
DA (date i.e. year of publication), e.g. da(2007), da(2006-2007), da(>2005), da(>2004 and <2008)

Stop-Words: All single character words are stop-words (noise-words) and approximately another 100 common words are stop-words. Stop-words are removed from user searches. However when stop-words are included in a double-quoted phrase, e.g., "security and the forward", this is converted to "security x x forward" to show that while the stop-words are not searched their position is counted.

Menu Options: Most of the menu choices apply to the search, such as country of publication and added date or year of publication ranges.

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