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Environmental Science & Management Research Guide

Primary Legal Sources

The Statutory, Case and Administrative Law: Federal and California research guide lists general resources for federal and California statutory, case and administrative law including U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) and U.S. Congress. The following specific compilations focus on environmental or natural resources law:


United States

  • Compilation of Selected Acts Concerning National Parks, Public Lands, and Related Matters (U.S. House of Representatives. Committee on Natural Resources) 2004
  • US EPA: Summaries of Environmental Laws and EOs (US Environmental Protection Agency) Contains a summary and the fulltext of approximately 30 environmental laws administered by the US Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Natural Resources Statutes (Government Institutes) 1991 (ref KF 5505 A3 1991) Contains the complete text of 25 natural resources statutes.
  • Selected Federal Public Wildlands Management Law (Shannon) 1983 (KF 5602 1983) Compilation of selected federal public land law, court cases, and Executive orders.


  • CalEPA (California Environmental Protection Agency)
  • California Air Pollution Laws (California Air Resources Board) annual (Cal Doc L 400 A4c)
  • California Environmental Laws: Annotated (Dwyer and Bergsund) annual (ref KFC 610 A45 C354) Includes cross references to California regulations, major state and federal cases, and federal statutes and regulations.

Other States



Databases can be used to find popular, scholarly, and professional legal literature published in journals, reviews, magazines, conference proceedings, government documents, and other types of publications. 

ProQuest Congressional PublicationsSee Legal Research: Guides for suggestions on how to search the database.

Current Legislation and Policy

In addition to the following sources see Current Legislation and Policy for general sources that also track environmental/natural resource legislation and policy and Environmental Science Current Awareness/News for related news coverage.

United States
The websites of environmental organizations often track legislation and policy developments in their area of interest. 

  • "Annual Review of Environmental and Natural Resource Law" IN Ecology Law Quarterly The second issue of each year examines the year's most important and exciting developments in the field.
  • Congressional Research Service Reports (Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service) Contains over 2200 Issue Briefs and Reports prepared for the US Congress on natural resources, environmental quality, and other general topics, including proposed legislation. Regularly recurring reports on current legislative issues cover environmental protection; natural resources; and fisheries, aquaculture and marine mammals. For additional CRS reports see Congressional Research Service Reports (University of North Texas Library) and Open CRS (Center for Democracy & Technology).
  • Energy and Environment Daily (HSU users only) Daily publication that tracks environmental and energy issues in the U.S. Congress
  • "Environment and Energy" IN Congress and the Nation (Congressional Quarterly) Published every four years (Ref JK 1041 C6) Summary of major environmental and energy legislation organized by four year Presidential term.
  • Energy and Environment Legislation Tracking Database (National Conference of State Legislatures) Tracks energy and environmental legislation that has been introduced in the fifty states and the District of Columbia. The database is updated and summarized bi-monthly.
  • Environmental Law Reporter (Environmental Law Institute) (HSU users only) Major legal service available on Westlaw at HSU that reports on federal legislation, rule making and court decisions. Includes text of court cases and environmental laws as well as news and analysis. Published in seven parts--News and AnalysisAdministative MaterialsBriefs and PleadingsPending LitigationLitigationEnvironmental Statutes and Treaties, and Law Review Bibliography--that may be searched individually or together as one file. Click the information icon for a more detailed description of each part once connected.
  • National Environmental Scorecard (League of Conservation Voters) Contains the voting records of members of Congress on key environmental legislation as determined by a consensus of 19 environmental groups; includes scorecards from 1971 to the present.
  • Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions (Reginfo.gov) Lists regulatory actions by agency that are being developed or have recently been completed. Browse by agency or broad subject; or search by keyword.

California environmental organizations often track legislation in their area of interest. See California Environment Information Sources--Directories to identify organizations of interest.

  • Legislation (Planning and Conservation League) Tracks current bills related to the environment and public health.
  • California Environmental Scorecard (California League of Conservation Voters) Includes the "Annual Guide to Environmental Legislation and Votes" from 1988 to the present.


Dictionaries and Encyclopedias

The WEX legal dictionary and encyclopdia provides two brief overviews on Natural Resources Law and Environmental Law as a starting point.

  • ABC-CLIO Companion to the Environmental Movement (Grossman) 1994 (ref GE 197 G76 1994) Guide to the conservation movement and enviromentalism in the United States from early naturalists to the present. Entries also include major environmental legislation and court decisions.
  • Conservation and the Law: A Dictionary (Donahue) 1998 (ref KF 5505 A68 D66 1998) Contains one-page entries on significant conservation law topics including leading statutes and cases, organizations, people, and terms.
  • Environment and the Law: A Dictionary (Patton-Hulce) 1995 (ref KF 3775 A68 P38 1995) Contains one-page entries on anti-pollution law topics including statutes and court cases, legal terms and concepts, key regulatory figures and agencies, and environmental issues and organizations.
  • Environmental Encyclopedia (HSU users only) (Bortman) 2003. Includes summaries of major environmental and natural resources legislation as well as a list of Environmental Legislation In The United States.
  • Natural Resources Glossary (Government Institutes) 1991 (ref KF 5505 A65 N37) Definitions are keyed to federal statutes and regulations

Internet Guides


United States

California California Environmental Law (MegaLaw.com)

In addition to the specific guides above many of the General Legal Internet Guides include sections on environmental and natural resources law.


This page lists legal resources concerning general environmental and natural resources law that are available in the HSU Library or on the Internet. 

Regarding specific environmental and natural resources law you can consult other research guide sources as follows

Google Scholar

Link your Google Scholar results to HSU and see which articles you have access to as an HSU student. Under Google Scholar settings, set "Library Links" to include Humboldt State University! View this short video for demonstration on how to do this.

Journals and Reviews

Print and/or online fulltext journals and law reviews are available through the HSU Library. Check the Journal and Newspaper Finder for exact holdings. The online fulltext for many of these titles is available in Westlaw.

  • Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review
  • Buffalo Environmental Law Review
  • Columbia Journal of Environmental Law
  • Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum
  • Ecology Law Quarterly
  • Environmental Law
  • Fordham Environmental Law Journal
  • Great Plains Natural Resources Journal
  • Harvard Environmental Law Review
  • Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation
  • Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy
  • Journal of Land, Resources and Environmental Law
  • Journal of Land Use and Environmental Law
  • Land Use and Environment Law Review
  • Land and Water Law Review
  • Natural Resources Journal
  • Pace Environmental Law Review
  • Penn State Environmental Law Review
  • South Carolina Environmental Law Review
  • Stanford Environmental Law Review
  • Temple Environmental Law and Technology Journal
  • Tulane Environmental Law Review
  • UCLA Journal of Environmental Law & Policy
  • University of Baltimore Journal of Environmental Law
  • Villanova Environmental Law Review
  • Water Law
  • William and Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review
  • Wisconsin Environmental Law Journal