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Legal Articles - Minnesota Legal Periodical Index


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Fields Found on both the MLPI Article Finder and the MLPI Case Finder

Subject

If you are primarily looking for articles about a particular subject, submit a search limited by subject, rather than limited by word(s) in the title. You'll will retrieve articles about that subject, regardless of the words used in titles. Authors or publishers often use "creative" titles. Unless you are searching for a known title, you will probably not find all articles on a subject if you simply put the name you use for the subject into the title field.

Journal

By default, articles from all journals will be shown. You can limit a particular search to articles from a single journal. Your choices are all journals or one at a time. You cannot select multiple journals at once. But you can always search for articles in another journal after you have viewed a list of articles from your original journal selection.

Date

You can select the years you want to search by holding down the <Ctrl> key and clicking the desired years.

Fields Unique to the MLPI Article Finder

Title and Author Generally

When searching for articles by title using exact mode and/or author, the word(s) you put in the box will retrieve articles containing those word(s) exactly as you typed them (including spacing, symbols, numbers) somewhere within the title or author. It is string matching within specified data fields. You may enter partial words. When searching for titles using expanded mode, the word or words you put in the box will be converted automatically to have a "wildcard" at their end. This is effective in finding plurals and other forms of words having a root of the word or words you enter.

For best results, type a distinctive word or, if needed, a phrase, in the title box. If you specifiy an "exact" match, you may receive fewer results or in some cases no results, since article titles are short strings of text. Do not use quotes around your phrase.

Title Search Illustration:
If you search in the title in expanded mode for: You receive all titles containing:
agree agree, agreed, agreement, agreements, agreeable, etc.
custody custody
custod custody, custodial, custodian etc.
search search, searching, etc.
Author

Author entries are listed as lastname, firstname (e.g., Anderson, Marvin). Unless an author has a common name (like Anderson), searching by entering just a last name is usually sufficient.

Fields unique to the MLPI Case Finder

Case Name and Citation Generally

When searching for cases by case name and/or citation, the word(s) you put in the box will retrieve cases with case names or citations containing those word(s) exactly as you typed them (including spacing, symbols, numbers) somewhere within the case name or citation. This is not a "Boolean" search. It is string matching within specified data fields. You may enter partial words or common citation elements.

For best results, type a unique word in either or both boxes. You may also type in an exact phrase if you wish. Do not use quotes around your phrase.

Case Name Search Illustration:
If you search in the case name for: You receive all cases containing:
Wal-Mart Wal-Mart anywhere in the case name (as plaintiff or defendant)
State State anywhere in the case name
v. Allina Allina as a defendant
Citation Search Illustration:
If you search in the case citation for: You receive all cases decided by the:
U.S. U.S. Supreme Court
Minn. Minnesota Supreme Court, Minnesota Court of Appeals, and/or District of Minnesota
Minn. Ct. App. Minnesota Court of Appeals
8th Cir. 8th Circuit Court of Appeals
F.3d All federal circuit courts of appeal

Note: While the Index's contents are limited to articles published in Minnesota legal periodicals, the subject matter of those articles may be on any subject. Because free access to any organized body of legal periodical literature is virtually unknown on the Web, except here, we invite you to use the Index as a general reference, especially on federal law and general subjects, while recognizing its limitations for use beyond Minnesota's borders.


Minnesota State Law Library, St. Paul, Minnesota

Since 1984, the Minnesota State Law Library has prepared and published the Minnesota Legal Periodical Index.
This enhanced web-powered version has been developed and is published through the collaborative efforts
of Pritchard Law Webs, publisher of LawMoose, and the Minnesota State Law Library.



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