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Environmental and Natural Resources Law: Journals & Article Indexes

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

General Information

A number of journals focus specifically on environmental issues. To find these journals (print or electronic versions), search by keyword or subject in the Law Library Catalog. 

Some subjects to try are:

  • Environmental Law – United States – Periodicals

  • Natural Resources – United States – Law and Legislation

The library subscribes to legal journal indexes which enable you to find citations to relevant articles by subject, title, keyword or author. Look for the subject or thesaurus listing within each database to locate relevant subjects.

You may also search for journal articles using Westlaw or Lexis. Keep in mind that journal coverage on Westlaw (JLR database) and Lexis (Law Reviews and Journals) often do not include the full run of volumes for any given title. HeinOnline (Law Journal Library) offers PDF versions of law review and legal journals. Hein’s coverage starts with volume 1 and coverage stops with recent volumes (there is a 1-3 year gap in recent coverage).

Current Awareness Services

For a more exhaustive list search the E-Resources page under the subject “Environmental Law."

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