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Freedom of Information Act Research Guide

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

Selected News and Blog Sources

Subscription Resources

CQ Weekly Online Edition (CQ Magazine).  An authoritative source for Congressional reporting. Browse by subject, decade or a particular year's table of contents. Summarizes each act of Congress. (CWRU subscription covers 1983-present). (CWRU Users Only). 


The FOIA Blog: Everything FOIA (and Government Disclosure).  Written by Washington D.C. based FOIA attorney, Scott A. Hodes. Mr. Hodes worked for the federal government for over a decade. While working for the FBI from 1998 to 2002, Mr. Hodes was the Acting Unit Chief of the Freedom of Information/Privacy Act Section's Litigation Unit and was a Top Secret Classification authority. He also frequently writes on FOIA matters for the Sabrina Pacifica's

The FOIA Project: Freeing Information Through Public Accountability.  The FOIA project is being developed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) with support from Syracuse University, donor gifts, and grants. The project's "goal is to provide the public with timely and complete information about every instance in which the federal government grants or withholds records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Updated daily, this “FOIA accountability engine” now includes detailed information on every case that challenges government withholding in federal court. And we have started expanding coverage to decisions on FOIA administrative requests on an agency-by-agency basis." It also tracks FOIA Lawsuits, often providing links to docket documents.

News Articles

Gregory Gethard, EPA Must Give Utility Company More FOIA Documents, Judge Says (D. Colo.), WESTLAW Energy and Environment Daily Briefing,  2014 WL 152529.

Michael Phillis, Enviro Group Sues Agencies for Climate Denial Records, Law360 (Lexis Advance). (CWRU Law Users Only).
Charlie Savage, N.S.A. Curtails Email Spying Across Border, N.Y. Times, Apr. 29, 2017, at A1.
Zoe Tillman, D.C. Federal Judges Play Outsized Role Nationally in FOIA Actions; Venue is Most Popular for Public-Records Suits-Including One Over Clinton's Emails, Natl. L. J., Apr. 6, 2015. (Online). (Lexis Advance).
John Wagner, Trump Will Keep List of White House Visitors Secret, Wash. Post, Apr. 16, 2017, at A04.