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Welcome to the Sports Law Lib Guide! Here you will find information to help you begin your Sports Law research for both professional and amateur sports law issues. If you need further assistance please feel free to contact any Reference Librarian.
Last Updated: Nov 15, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Searching the Library Catalog

How to formulate a keyword search:

A general search for "sports law" will bring up over 100 results in the LTC's catalog and thousands of articles from our subscription databases!  To narrow your search, begin by narrowing your topic.  For example, you could search for "athletic trainers," "title IX," or "sports media contracts."  You can also narrow your search by searching for a specific sport; for example, a search for "baseball" brings back fewer results. 

If you need assistance formulating a search see the Legal Topics Related to Sports Law section on this page for more search terms, or ask a reference librarian: we're here to help!


Evaluating Resources

Have you ever found a resource and thought "can I use this?"  Well, here are a few guidelines to see if the resource you found is a quality resource. 

  • Check the date.
    • How current is it?
    • Is it possible the law or fact changed since then?
  • Check the author/corporation.
    • What are the author's affiliations?
    • Is s/he an expert in the area, or just someone who wrote one article on the subject?
    • If it's a corporation, what is the corporation's interest in the subject?
  • Check the publication itself.
    • Was the source peer-reviewed?
    • Is the source available in print from a major publisher or online through a trusted database?
  • Check for relevancy.
    • Does the source provide information relevant to your research?
    • Does the source cite other sources?

How to Use This Guide

This guide is meant to take you from start to finish. Look at ALL THREE TABS. Information is not repeated across tabs. Each tab has different resources that you should look at. Check each one to make sure you haven’t forgotten about a great resource. 
If you need additional help, please contact the Reference Desk by phone at (904) 256-1156 or by email at  You can also meet with any of the Librarians individually.

Beginning Your Research

Where to start:

When you are unfamiliar with a legal topic area, it is best to begin by familiarizing yourself with the area of law you are researching.  Legal encyclopedias are a great place to start for this research. Not only does a legal encyclopedia give you a general understanding of the state of the law for a specific topic area, but it also can provide you with the legal terminology used in that area of law, which will help you conduct more refined searches.  The following resources are located in the Reference Collection on the third floor of the Library, near the Reference Desk.  

Corpus Juris Secundum (CJS) and American Jurisprudence 2d (Am Jur 2d) are legal encyclopedias that give a nationwide perspective of the law on a particular legal topic.

CJS search: Sports and Athletics or Entertainment and Amusements

Am Jur 2d search: Entertainment and Sports

Florida Jurisprudence and Georgia Jurisprudence are located in the Regional Collection on the third floor of the Library.

Florida Jurisprudence (Fla Jur) provides a complete statement of the law on a particular topic in the state of Florida.

Search: Sports or Amusements and Exhibitions

Georgia Jurisprudence (Ga Jur) provides a complete statement of the law on a particular topic in the state of Georgia. 

Search: Sports  

Additional resources that are good for beginning your research are legal treatises.  See a sample listing of treatises by opening the Advanced Research tab of this research guide.   



Legal Topics Related To Sports Law (Sample Search Terms)

Here is a sampling of legal topics that often arise in the sports law setting--this list is not exhaustive.  If you know your sports law issue might cover one of these topics as well, then you might try using these search terms along with “sports law” to get started on your research.

Agents                                  Anti-trust                         Athletes

Collective Bargaining           Copyright                        Disabled Athletes

Doping                                  Environment                    Franchise

Health                                   Labor law                        Medicine

Management                        Proposition 48                 Public Figures

Taxation                                Title IX                             Torts

Trademark                             Unions                     Workers Compensation


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