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Last Updated: Nov 15, 2016 URL: http://cslguides.charlottelaw.edu/spacelaw Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Searching the Catalog or Internet

How to formulate a keyword search:

A general search for space law will bring up over 300 results in the LTC's catalog! To narrow your search, begin by narrowing your topic. For example, you could search for satellites. You can also narrow your search by geography. For example, a search for space law EU 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!

Click here to access the Catalog.

 

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 refdesk@fcsl.edu.  You can also meet with any of the Librarians individually.

 

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?
 

Beginning Your Research

  • Are you writing an ALWR?

    • 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.

    • Are you looking for United States federal law or foreign law or international law (law created between nations)?
  • In space law, United States federal statutes are very broad, so you will also have to look at the regulations. 

    • Federal statutes and regulations are available at FDSys.gov.
    • Also see if another federal agency has authority in the area you are researching.  For example, NEPA affects NASA activities and the FAA also regulates some issues in this area.

  • Some search terms to consider are:
    • Space Law
    • Space Debris
    • Space Environment
    • Space Flight
    • Space Industrialization
    • Space Vehicles
    • Space Surveillance
    • Space Stations International Cooperation
    • Space Shuttles
    • Space Sciences United States
    • Space Warfare
    • Space Weapons
    • Aeronautics
    • Aeronautics Law and Legislation
    • Aeronautics Research
    • Aerospace
    • Aerospace Industries
    • Astronautics

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