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Statement

The Law Library recommends the "best practices" for GW Law journal source collecting.  The practices recognize the reliability of modern databases, contrary to The Bluebook rules 15.9 and 18.2.1.

Best Practices

Best Practices:

Rely on text of article from online database. 

Examples:  Lexis, Westlaw, Factiva, Access World News, ProQuest Historical Newspapers.

Law Library Policy:

Interlibrary loan requests will not be filled for articles that are available through databases in any format (HTML or PDF).

Best Practices:

Rely on PDF versions of articles from online database or web site of the journal or publisher.

Rely on version of articles for which pagination designation is provided throughout the article.

Examples:  Hein Online, Index to Legal Periodicals, LegalTrac.

Law Library Policy:

Interlibrary loan requests will not be filled for tables of contents or for copies of spines and/or covers.

 

Best Practices:

Rely on journal's website.

Examples:  The George Washington Law Review Arguendo; Yale Journal of Law & Technology

Law Library Policy:

Interlibrary loan request will be not filled for articles from online-only journals.

Best Practices:

If the source is available electronically from the publisher in any format, rely on the source from the publisher.

Examples:  Oxford Scholarship Online, CCH Intelliconnect

Law Library Policy:

Interlibrary loan requests will not be filled for print sources if a source is available in either PDF or HTML format directly from the publisher.

Best Practices:

Any type of document from government agency websites, both state and federal, domestic or foreign.

Law Library Policies:

Interlibrary loan requests will not be filled for documents that are available on the government agency's official website or otherwise found online and designatied as official and/or authenticate by the issuing agency or government.

Best Practices:

Issuing organizations's or tribunal's website or online documents designated as official and/or authentic by the issuing organization or tribunal, e.g., International Court of Justice (ICJ) or the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda (ICTY/R).

Law Library Policies:

Interlibrary loan requests will not be filled for documents that are available on the organization's or tribunal's website or otherwise found online and designated as official and/or authentic y the issuing organization or tribunal.

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