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Faculty: Law Library Services: Current Awareness Services

Current Index to Legal Periodicals

Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP)

The University of Washington Law Library produces the Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP), a current awareness service covering 400 English-language law journals. CILP is available through the New England Law Library Consortium (NELLCO).

Here is a list of all law reviews and journals currently indexed in CILP.


CILP can also be customized to the individual researcher and delivered electronically through SmartCILP. SmartCILP provides automated, personalized e-mail delivery of CILP. Electronic subscribers continue to get the full text of CILP each week. After setting up a SmartCILP profile, subscribers receive an additional e-mail message each week that focuses only on the subject headings and journals they selected. This e-mail message is clearly marked as "SmartCILP" to allow easy identification and review of results. SmartCILP profiles can be changed each week, allowing subscribers to tailor the delivery of CILP to their changing research needs. Please contact your faculty liaison or to set up a SmartCILP account.

Legal Scholarship Network (LSN)

The Legal Scholarship Network (LSN), a division of SSRN, provides access to electronic journal abstracts. Journal issues contain abstracts of recent papers in a particular area of legal scholarship and can be delivered by e-mail. Each journal is edited by a law professor with expertise in the field covered by the journal. Each abstract includes an e-mail address for the author, whom you may contact to obtain a full copy of a paper, and often a website from which the paper can be downloaded free of charge.
LSN also provides announcements of professional meetings, calls for papers, and special issues of journals and professional job listings. Fill out this form if you would like to sign up for the service. For more information, contact your faculty liaison.

WESTLAW's Westclip

With Westclip (opens as PDF), you can have a search run on Westlaw regularly and automatically delivered to you. With KeyCite Alert, you can be informed when KeyCite for your authority is updated. Contact your faculty liaison for instruction or training.

Lexis Alerts

With alerts, you can set up a search to be run periodically on Lexis and have results delivered to you. Additionally, with Shepard's Alert, you can be alerted to changes to Shepard's reports for your authority.