Articles research may also be conducted by searching full-text databases. A full-text database contains the entire texts of articles, and also generally (but not always) includes the bibliographic information. The full-text articles databases in Lexis and Westlaw are the most popular for full text searching of law articles.
Although full-text databases can yield useful and relevant information for research, there are certain disadvantages to searching the full text of articles.
The advantages to using full-text databases are obvious. If you are looking for a specific article, finding it in a full-text database is very rewarding. For this reason, however, full-text databases are much more useful for retrieval than for research.