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Customs Law Research Guide

This guide details sources for researching international customs law, including sources from international organizations and major trade agreements.

Secondary Sources: Journal Articles

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Tools for Finding Journal Articles

Journal articles can be an excellent source for researching narrower, more specialized legal topics. Articles published in law journals include extensive footnotes with citations to primary and secondary sources that are relevant to the topic.  Two types of tools for conducting journal article research are described below.

  • Journal indexes include bibliographic information about an article, such as the title, the name of the author, and the name of the journal, as well as one or more subject descriptors.  Searching in a journal index usually retrieves more relevant articles than searching in a full-text database because the searches are run only on the bibliographic data and the subject descriptors.
  • Full-text journal databases allow you to search within the entire text of an article.  Most of them also include bibliographic information, as well.  It is easier to run searches in full-text databases, but they tend to retrieve many irrelevant articles in addition to relevant articles. 

For more information on how to use indexes and full-text databases for journal article research, consult the following library research guide: Using Articles for Legal and Non-Legal Research.

Journal Indexes and Databases for Customs Law Research

You will find citations to articles written about customs law topics in frequently used law journal indexes, such as LegalTrac and Legal Periodicals and Books; and in frequently used full-text law journal databases, such as those available on HeinOnline, Lexis, and Westlaw.  To broaden your search, consider using one of the specialized journal databases and indexes described below.

  • Kluwer Law Online Journals
    This full-text database is especially useful researching international trade law topics, as most of the journals in the database focus on various aspects of international economic law.
  • Cambridge Core
    Search for all types of content, including journal articles, published by Cambridge University Press.  After running a search, use the filters on the left to limit by content type, subject, journal name, and date.
  • Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals
    For best results, search for one or more keywords in combination with one or more subject headings.  To browse the alphabetical list of subject headings, click on the "Subject" tab.  When you find a relevant subject heading, enter it in the search box and select "Country/Subject Heading" as the search field from the menu before running the search.
  • Oxford Academic Journals Online
    Full-text database for journals published by Oxford University Press.  After running a search, use the filters on the left to limit by article type, subject, journal name, and date.

If you already have a citation to an article and want to know if the Law Library has the article in print or electronic format, search the  library's online catalog for the title of the journal. The results will display both print and electronic options, along with the dates of coverage.  Alternatively, you may enter the title of the journal in the E-Journal Finder to determine if the journal is available in electronic format.  If the Law Library does not provide print or electronic access to the journal, you may request a copy of the article via interlibrary loan.

Selected Journals Focusing on International Trade & Customs Law

  • Asper Review of International Business and Trade Law available online from 2001-present.
  • Global Trade and Customs Journal available online from 2006-present.
  • International Economic Review available online from 1960-present.
  • International Trade Law & Regulation available in print from 1995-present.
  • Journal of International Economic Law available online from 1998-present.
  • Journal of World Trade available in print from 1998-present and online from 1967-present.
  • The Journal of World Investment & Trade available in print from 2000-2011 and online from 2000-present.
  • World Trade and Arbitration Materials available in print from 1994-2010 and online from 1989-present.
  • World Trade Review available online from 2002-present.