This Year's Most Frequently Accessed Articles

Current Events, Law Journal Library, ScholarCheck
Shannon Furtak

2015 was an incredibly newsworthy year. From a terrorist attack in Paris in the first week of 2015 to the recent attacks in both Paris and San Bernardino, tragic plane crashes at the hands of a co-pilot and suspected terrorism, Donald Trump's controversial Presidential candidacy, multiple mass shootings, and the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage, there is much to be discussed, debated and remembered about this year.

To see what's been trending over the past 12 months in the world of legal research, we performed a search for the word "the "in the Law Journal Library, and use the sort-by tool to select Number of Times Accessed (Past 12 Months):

The first result, Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory, and Antiracist Politics by Kimberle Crenshaw, was accessed 3,086 times in 2015. Race relations, specifically between persons of color and law enforcement, made headlines frequently this year, making this 1989 article extremely relevant. In addition to being this year's most accessed article, it has been cited by nearly 700 other articles and one court case.

The second, fourth, and sixth-most-cited articles discuss whether or not college athletes should be paid to play sports. Although these articles were written in the 1990s and early 2000s, this topic is still debated and discussed today. Interestingly, the only article written recently that appears in the top ten most-accessed articles is this Foreign Affairs article, which discusses causes of the Ukraine crisis.

The search result sort-by tool can also sort results by date, by number of times cited by articles, and by most-cited author. For example, the same search used above sorted by most cited author reveals several articles by Cass R. Sunstein at the top of the list.

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