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Tracking Citations to Articles

This guide explains how to use different methods to find and track citations to articles and other works.

Full-text Searching

Searching the full text of law reviews, cases, treatises, or other materials can provide more comprehensive coverage than using a citator. It can also be more flexible (e.g., allowing you to look for works citing any of three different articles at once, rather than using a citator for each of them). But it requires more thought and does not offer the same sort of tidy display you get with a citator.

Sample Searches

Here are some sample searches in Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law.

To find material citing . . . Search Lexis Results Westlaw Results Bloomberg Law Results
Sample full-text searches
Scott A. Schumacher, MacNiven v. Westmoreland and Tax Advice: Using "Purposive Textualism" to Deal with Tax Shelters and Promote Legitimate Tax Advice, 92 Marq. L. Rev. 33 (2008) scott w/2 schumacher w/2 macniven

10 law review articles

1 Tax Analysts newsletter

1 cong. comm. print

9 law review articles

1 treatise

1 CLE (ABA sec. of taxation)

1 cong. comm. print

1 law review article

2 BNA newsletters

1 cong. comm. print

Sanne Knudsen, The Long-Term Tort: In Search of a New Causation Framework for Natural Resources Damages, 108 Nw. U. L. Rev. 1 (2014). sanne w/2 knudsen w/5 "long-term tort"

1 case

3 law review articles

1 treatise

2 law review articles

1 case

1 case

1 docket

1 law review article

Lisa Marshall Manheim, Redistricting Litigation and the Delegation of Democratic Design, 93 Boston. U. L. Rev. 563 (2013). lisa w/2 manheim w/2 "redistricting litigation" w/3 delegation 0 4 law review articles 2 law review articles
Peter Nicolas, Fighting the Probate Mafia: A Dissection of the Probate Exception to Federal Court Jurisdiction, 74 S. Cal. L. Rev. 1479-1547 (2001). nicolas w/2 "fighting the probate mafia"

11 cases

6 sections of U.S.C.S.

17 law review articles

2 treatises

1 CLE

11 cases

20 law review articles

1 treatise

4 legal newsletters

1 CLE

 

11 cases

1 docket

7 law review articles

Anita Ramasastry, Secrets and Lies? Swiss Banks and International Human Rights, 31 Vand. J. Transnat'l L. 325 (1998) ramasastry w/2 "secrets and lies" w/2 "swiss banks" 0

2 briefs

2 trial court documents

30 law review articles

0
ramasastry w/2 "secrets and lies" 30 law review articles

2 briefs

2 trial court documents

30 law review articles

1 law review article

Lessons

  • The systems overlap but do not duplicate one another.
  • You do not need to search for all the words in the author's name or the title. You do not need to use the article's citation.
  • Trying more than one search may pay off.