Searching the Catalog or Internet
How to formulate a keyword search:
A general search for environmental law will bring up over 1,000 results in the LTC's catalog! To narrow your search, begin by narrowing your topic. For example, you could search for "acid rain" or estuaries. You can also narrow your search by geography. For example, a search for environmental law Florida brings back fewer results.
If you need assistance formulating a search, see the Advanced Research Tab or ask a reference librarian: we're here to help!
More Resources to start your research
An overview of Environmental Law from Cornell's Legal Information Institute
Department of Justice, Environment & Natural Resources Decision
White House Council on Environmental Quality
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) 680-7612 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also meet with any of the Librarians individually.
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?
Beginning Your Research
Are you writing an ALWR?
- If you don't have a topic, see our How to Find a Writing Topic guide.
- If you don't know where to start your research, see our How to Start Your Research guide.
- If you have found some resources, but aren't sure you have finished researching, start below.
Select your jurisdiction.
- Remember, federal law will always affect state law, so be sure to get the state AND federal statutes and regulations.
In environmental law, statutes are very broad, these are generally just enabling statutes, so you will also have to look at the regulations.
- Federal statutes and regulations are available at FDSys.gov.
- Check out the EPA's website for specific information regarding various environmental acts.
- Also see if another federal agency has authority in the area you are researching. For example, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is part of USDA, and the Department of the Interior (DOI) is home to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS).
- Look for a specific task-force, program, or sub-department within an agency. For example, the Fish and Wildlife Service runs the Endangered Species Program.
For background information, try searching in the Library of Congress Subject Headings of Environmental Law United States or Environmental Law International in the LTC's catalog.