Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP) Subject Headings
Air and Space Law
Arts and Entertainment
Banking and Finance
Civil Rights and Discrimination
Comparative and Foreign Law
Conflict of Laws
Constitutional Law, Generally
Consumer Protection Law
Criminal Law and Procedure
Energy and Utilities Law
Estates and Trusts
Food and Drug Law
Health Law and Policy
Human Rights Law
Indian and Aboriginal Law
Intellectual Property Law
Land Use Planning
Law and Society
Law Enforcement and Corrections
Law of the Sea
Legal Analysis and Writing
Legal Research and Bibliography
Military, War and Peace
Motor Vehicles Natural Resources Law
Oil, Gas, and Mineral Law
Practice and Procedure
Property-Personal and Real
Psychology and Psychiatry
Science and Technology
Sexuality and the Law
State and Local Government Law
Taxation-Federal Estate and Gift
Taxation-State and Local
Workers’ Compensation Law
Changes in 2008
• Deleted the Subject Heading “Trusts”
• Changed the name of Subject Heading “Estate Planning and Probate” to “Estates and Trusts”
Reasoning: The “Trusts” subject heading was not used very often, nor does probate get much discussion in law review articles.
• Changed the name of Subject Heading “Arts and Literature” to “Arts and Entertainment”
Reasoning: Literature is an art, so the Subject Heading was redundant. More importantly, we needed a subject heading that covered law review articles about television, movies, videogames, and new forms of entertainment as they develop.
• Changed the name of Subject Heading “Military Law” to “Military, War and Peace”
Reasoning: The concept of “military” was not broad enough to cover all of the conflict-related issues that are discussed in law review articles, such as post-conflict rebuilding of foreign governments.
• Deleted the Subject Heading “Computers”
Reasoning: Surprisingly, “Computers” has become a little-used Subject Heading over the years. The topic was first used back when lawyers were figuring out what sort of intellectual property law applied to computer software. Now most of the computer-related issues discussed in law review articles fall under other Subject Headings, such as “Communications,” “Intellectual Property,” and/or “Arts and Entertainment” as we deal with file-sharing and streaming issues. With this change, articles that are about computers in general, without dealing with communications or other topics, will be indexed under the Subject Heading “Science and Technology.”
• Changed the name of Subject Heading “Comparative Law” to “Comparative and Foreign Law”
Reasoning: Many law review articles discuss the laws of other nations without making comparisons to U.S. law or other countries’ laws.
• Changed the name of Subject Heading “Constitutional Law” to “Constitutional Law, Generally”
• Introduced new Subject Heading “First Amendment”
• Introduced new Subject Heading “Second Amendment”
• Introduced new Subject Heading “Fourteenth Amendment”
Reasoning: Many aspects of constitutional law are already covered by other CILP Subject Headings.
For example, when a law review article discusses the constitutional aspects of a criminal case, we don’t “over-index” by putting the article under both “Criminal Law and Procedure” and “Constitutional Law.” We just use the more specific Subject Heading, “Criminal Law and Procedure.” Similarly, constitutional issues regarding judicial review go under the subject heading “Judges;” legislative powers are covered by “Politics” and/or “Legislation;” the relationship between the states and the federal government goes under “Jurisdiction;” and so on.
However, there were several constitutional topics that receive a lot of discussion in law review articles which were all lumped under the “Constitutional Law” Subject Heading. From now on, the many law review articles that discuss First Amendment freedoms of expression, press and religion will have their own place to land in CILP. The many articles about gun ownership also have their own Subject Heading, “Second Amendment.” Many other articles will fit under the new Subject Heading “Fourteenth Amendment,” which will cover citizenship, privileges and immunities, due process, and equal protection.
Any articles that don’t fit these more specific topics will continue to be assigned to the broader Subject Heading, “Constitutional Law, Generally.”