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Environmental Law

This guide is a work in progress. It is more of an index* than a path to follow.

Researching the Law

This research guide assumes a knowledge of doing general legal research. 

If you need a bit of a refresher of where to find primary law and secondary sources consider reviewing the Sources for Student Publication Cite Checking. The information and links given in this guide are those which are most likely to efficiently lead to the information needed. There are often many possible sources for the text of a case, a law, etc., so if you cannot find a particular source, please contact the Reference Desk for help. You can stop by, call 216-368-5206, or email

Researching Federal Environmental - Primary Sources

Try starting your research on a Federal Agency (which deals with environmental issues). These sites are often have links to primary law.

Statutes / Legislation


Administrative Decisions (Executive branch) and Case Law (Judicial branch)

Case Law & Administrative Decisions - Federal Primary Law (right column) - in Environmental Law - The University of Chicago Library

Secondary Sources - Environmental


John R. Nolan & Patricia E. Salkin, Climate Change and Sustainable Development Law in a Nutshell (2011). Print: KF3783.N65 2011Ebook: West Academic Study Aids

James E. Salzman & Barton H. Thomposn, Jr. Environmental Law and Policy (5th ed., 2019). Ebook: West Academic Study Aids

Law of Environmental Protection (Sheldon M. Novick et al. eds., 1987-date).
Online: WestlawNext. (3 volumes).

Law of Hazardous Waste: Management, Cleanup, Liability, and Litigation (Susan M. Cooke et al. eds., 1987-date).
Online: Lexis Advance. (5 volumes).

Dan A. Tarlock, Law of Water Rights and Resources (1988-date).
Online: WestlawNext.

William L. Want, Law of Wetlands Regulation (1989-date).
Online: WestlawNext.

Craig N. Johnston & Melissa Powers, Principles of Environmental Law (2016). Ebook: West Academic Study Aids

James T. O’Reilly, Superfund and Brownfields Cleanup: Legal and Practical Issues (2008-date).
Online WestlawNext. (2 volumes).

Frank P. Grad, Treatise on Environmental Law (1973-date).
Online: Lexis Advance. (8 volumes)

Waters and Water Rights (Amy K. Kelley ed., 3d ed., 1991-date).
Online: Lexis Advance. (8 volumes).


*Ebooks and Online Resources accessible to Case Law Users Only.

Law Reviews and Journals


Databases and Websites

Environmental Studies - A-Z Databases Kelvin Smith Library

United States - Government Sites - Environmental Law Research Sources - Cornell Library at Vermont Law & Graduate School