Skip to Main Content
Numerous options are available for keeping up with newly published literature, including those listed below. Please contact the Reference Desk, 617-495-4516, for information about customizing journal alerts to meet your current awareness needs.
Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP), updated weekly, offers tables of contents for newly published law periodicals, tracking over 500 major law reviews and journals. CILP is available 4-6 weeks earlier than other commercial legal periodical indexes. The latest issue of CILP is available every Friday.
CILP is available in html, pdf, and Word format. The html version allows a direct link to the cited articles in full text articles on Westlaw and Lexis. (You will be prompted for your Lexis or Westlaw password.)
SmartCILP provides a weekly email listing new citations from journals and on topics of interest to you. The citations are drawn from the CILP database. Please contact the Reference Desk, 617-495-4516, for information on subscribing to SmartCILP.
Legal Resource Index Update, a bi-weekly service created by the Library, provides table of contents access to over 900 periodicals indexed by Legal Resource Index. An archive and search of past issues of LRI Update is available. Access is restricted to Harvard Law Faculty and is controlled by HLS Account username and password.
LegalTrac Search Alerts allow you to create email alerts and RSS feeds of searches run in LegalTrac. Email alerts can be sent daily, weekly or monthly. After running a search in LegalTrac, create an alert using the Search Alert/RSS Feed icon.
Current Law Journal Content, a cooperative effort of the Washington & Lee Law School and the University of Texas Tarlton Law Library, provides an open access listing of tables of contents from more than 1,500 law journals.CLJC allows you to create email alerts and RSS feeds of the tables of contents of selected journals, as well as results of keyword searches. NOTE: updating of CLJC ceased on May 13, 2011. Existing indexing (approximately 2000 to April 2011) will remain searchable here.
IngentaConnect, a database of the tables of contents of more than 28,000 multi-disciplinary journals, allows you to create a profile in which you designate journals of interest to you and receive regular email alerts of the table of contents of new issues.
Many journal publishers and vendor platforms provide alert services. Try the following strategy to discover whether an alert service is available for a journal of interest to you:
Sometimes, the links in the alerts will not work properly. There are two possible workarounds. You can try using the Harvard LibX toolbar. Once installed in your browser, right-click (PC) or CTRL-click (Mac) the link and select "Re-load via Harvard Access." Alternatively, you can try inserting .ezp-prod1.hul.harvard.edu just after the .com and before the first slash in the URL. For example,
Please contact the Reference Desk, 617-495-4516, if both of these workarounds fail.
SSRN is dedicated to rapid dissemination of social science research and provides an email alert service in several specialized areas, including law, management, accounting, economics and politics.
ResearchNow, a portal to all bepress peer-reviewed journals and open access collections from institutional and subject-matter repositories hosted by bepress, provides email alerts and RSS feeds.
Use LexisNexis and Westlaw alerts to create customized email updates which run automatic updates of searches on a schedule you select. You can choose for the results to be automatically emailed or you can choose to be notified of new results when you sign on.
BNA provides email updates from a wide range of BNA publications, including the Daily Executive Report and U.S. Law Week.
Use Recent Additions to the Collection of the Harvard Law School Library to discover recent additions to the library's collections. Locate materials by jurisdiction, by subject or by date acquired. Keep current by subscribing to e-mail notifications and RSS feeds.
Back to Top