How you search for a source depends upon what it is, i.e., book, court case, journal article, etc.
Suggested sources for finding several commonly cited types of materials (books, articles and newspaper articles) are included on this page.
For help deciphering abbreviations, consult:
If a source is available electronically via a Law Library subscription or a governmental website and a Bluebook provision provides for citing that source electronically, an interlibrary loan will not be initiated for the print equivalent, even when the print appears to be the preferred Bluebook source. (See complete policy.)
Some electronic documents do not have a print counterpart.
When online, unofficial versions are easily available and official versions have to be obtained via interlibrary loan, we recommend checking the unofficial version to make sure the cite is accurate before requesting the item through interlibrary loan.
SuperSearch indicates whether Law or Cowles owns an item, its location and call number, and if it is checked out or on the shelf.
You can first search SuperSearch by article citation. If that fails, enter the title of the journal (not the title of the article) to determine if Drake Law Library has access to the full text online or as part of its print collection.
If you cannot find an acceptable copy of the article using those resources, you can request an interlibrary loan as the next step, unless
If you are unsuccessful in locating a newspaper article using the above-listed sources, interlibrary loan may seem like the logical next step. However, it can be very difficult to obtain newspaper articles via interlibrary loan. In its Guide for Journal Source-Finders, the University of Minnesota Law Library offers this tip: “Most law review authors cite to newspaper articles they found on Westlaw, Lexis, or the internet. If they cite to a hard-to-find newspaper, or to wire services like Reuters or Associated Press, you can sometimes use newspaper databases to find a nearly-identical story in one of the major newspapers (Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times). If your editor won’t accept Westlaw, Lexis, or web versions of newspaper stories, ask if you can try finding a story in one of the major papers.”
In addition to the newspapers available in hard-copy and microform at the Drake Libraries, Cowles offers an array of searchable newspaper databases, including the following:
Here are some tips for accessing web pages that no longer exist at the linked or cited location:
Double check the URL.
Make sure you typed the address as cited, including using the same case (upper or lower).
Search the root page.
Truncate the URL by deleting information up to each back slash and see if the page has been moved elsewhere on the site by browsing or using the site index or site search feature, if available. (In many search engines' advance search options, you can also specify the site to search.)
Try again later.
Check the URL as cited in a day or two. The site may just be down temporarily.