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Freedom of Information Act Research Guide

A guide to researching using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) (Feb., 2019)

Treatises and Books

A Culture of Secrecy: The Government Versus the People's Right to Know (Athan G. Theoharis ed., 1998). KSL Stacks JK468.S4C85 1998.

Jason Ross Arnold, Secrecy in the Sunshine Era: The Promise and Failures of U.S. Open Government Laws (2014). Law Library KF 5753 .A976 2014.

Patrick Birkinshaw, Freedom of Information: The Law, The Practice and the Ideal, (4th ed., 2010). EBook Central. (CWRU Users Only). 

Daniel L. Brenner & William L. Brenner, Free but Regulated: Conflicting Traditions in Media Law (1982). Law Library KF2750.A75F73.

Michael P. Colaresi, Democracy Declassified: The Secrecy Dilemma in National Security (2014). Law Library JF1525.S4C64 2014.

Benjamin W. Cramer, Freedom of Environmental Information (2011). EBSCOHost eBook Collection. (CWRU Law Users Only). 

Federal Open Government Guide (Corinna J. Zarek, ed., 10th ed., 2009). Web version.

Steven W. Feldman, 1 West's Federal Administrative Practice,  Chapter 17A: Public Access to Information §§ 706 - 710 (4th ed., 1999-date). 

Herbert N. Foerstel, Freedom of Information and the Right to Know: The Origins and Applications of the Freedom of Information Act (1999). Law Library KF5753 .F64 1999. Also available: EBook Central eBook. (CWRU Users Only).

P. Stephen Gidiere III, The Federal Information Manual: How the Government Collects, Manages, and Discloses Information under FOIA and Other Statutes (2d ed., 2013). Law Library KF5753 .G53 2013. Westlaw.

Frank G. Houdek, The Freedom of Information Act: A Comprehensive Bibliography of Law-Related Materials (3d ed., 1985). HeinOnline.

Charles H. Koch, Jr. and Richard Murphy, Administrative Law and Practice (Updated 2017). Westlaw.

Litigation Under the Federal Freedom of Information Act and Privacy Act (Allan Adler, 15th ed., 1990). 15th ed., 1990). Law Library KF5753.L57 1990

David M. O’Brien, The Public’s Right to Know: The Supreme Court and the First Amendment (1981). Law Library KF5753 .O24

James T. O'Reilly, O'Reilly, Federal Information Disclosure Freedom of Information and the Right to Know: The Origins of Applications of the FOIA (2012 - date). Westlaw.

Richard J. Pierce, Jr., Administrative Law Treatise, Chapter 5: The Freedom of Information Act and Other Open Government Acts 335-399 (5th ed., 2010-date). (3 volumes). Law Library KF5402.D32 2010.

Alasdair Scott Roberts, Blacked Out: Government Secrecy in the Information Age (2006). Law Library JF1525.S4R17 2006.

Michael Schudson, The Rise of the Right to Know: Politics and the Culture of Transparency, 1945-1975 (2015). Law Library KF4774.S339 2015.

United States. Department of Justice. Freedom of Information Act Guide & Privacy Act Overview (2014 ed.). HeinOnline.

United States. House of Representatives. Committee on Government Reform, A Citizen's Guide on Using the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act of 1974 to Request Government Records (2005). GPO.

Your Right to Federal Records: Questions and Answers on the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act (2006). GPO.



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