Probably the best place to search for articles on particular topics is electronic databases. A law database contains, among other materials, journal issues. You may find these databases very useful: Westlaw Classic, Lexis Advance Hong Kong, HeinOnline, etc. These and others can be found on our web site, http://lbsystem.lib.cityu.edu.hk/ereslist/index.php?type=db&format=subj&subj=law. Constructing a meaningful search is both a science and art. You need to choose the right terms, use synonyms, be able to broaden and narrow your search as well as to familiarize yourself with the functions of respective databases. For instance, searching with the term ‘policing’ will return with 2255 results while ‘policing and crime rate’ will bring it down to 114 entries which is a more manageable size. To master the skills, please attend our training or come and talk to us at Law and Reference Help Desk.
Law books will give you discussion of different topics. In there, you can also find citations to journal articles. One particularly useful type of law book is books titled as “texts, cases and materials”.
Once you find some relevant articles, you may expand your search within the articles. The process is, look for relevant passages with citations. Next, take the citations and follow the steps mentioned in "Finding a Specific Article" section to retrieve the full text of the papers.
When using library subscribed databases or free search engines, there are ways to make your searching more productive: