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Writing Notes and Comments for Journal Members

This guide is intended to assist journal members at Stanford Law School with writing and publishing Notes or Comments.

How to Find Books

First check SearchWorks, the library catalog for Stanford University Libraries (including the Robert Crown Law Library). If the book is not available in one of Stanford University's libraries, then check WorldCat, a library catalog that allows you to search the collections of nearby libraries as well as libraries around the country and world. You can submit an interlibrary loan request for books not available at a Stanford University library. 

How to Access Databases

Articles, cases, and other content are frequently available through electronic databases. Law students have access to various electronic databases subscribed to by Stanford University Libraries as well as to law-specific databases subscribed to by the Robert Crown Law Library. 

How to Create Topic Alerts

As you research and draft your Note or Comment, you need to stay up-to-date on the status of the legal issue(s) or case(s) discussed in your scholarship. You can set alerts for specific searches on Westlaw and Lexis to make this task easier for you.

Lexis Alert: To create a Lexis alert, select the "Create an Alert" symbol at the top of the screen after you have entered the search you want in the database you would like the search to run. 

Screenshot from Lexis showing the "Create Alert" icon above the search results and below the search bar

Westlaw Alert: To create a WestClip alert (that's what Westlaw calls its alerts service), first run your search, then click on the Create Alert menu icon to the upper right of the search results:

    Screenshot from Westlaw showing the Create Alert icon in the bar above the search results


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