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Environmental and Natural Resources Law: Treatises & Looseleaf Services

United States environmental law research involves federal and state statutes, administrative materials, cases and non-law materials. This research guide focuses primarily on federal environmental research.

Guide Outline


  • Getting Started
  • Administrative Materials
  • Lexis & Westlaw

Treatises & Looseleaf Services

Journals & Article Indexes

  • Current Awareness Services
  • General Information
  • Relevant law Journals

Primary Materials

  • Federal Laws
  • Proposed & Pending Legislation
  • Proposed Rules & Regulations

Legislative History & Case Law

  • Federal Case Law


Treatises range from single volume to multi-volume works and are generally written by scholarly experts in the field. Treatises are an excellent resource for gaining background and can provide a roadmap of the subject you are researching.

The reference librarians have created Book Lists that provide lists of major resources by topic.  These lists are available on the Law Library Catalog page.

Major treatises on environmental and natural resources law available in the law library:

Looseleaf Services

Looseleaf Services are regularly updated materials combining statues, regulations, cases, and administrative rulings in one place. Looseleaf materials are unique in that they bring together primary law and provide editorial commentary on those materials.

Looseleaf materials on federal environmental law available in the law library:

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