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Environmental Law Research Guide: Westlaw, Lexis Advance, Bloomberg Law

Use this guide to access the best resources available for environmental law research.

Westlaw

For  effective environmental law research,  you can do one of the following: 

Search for sources as you normally would, including using the Advanced Search option.

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Click on Practice Areas and then on  Energy & Environment for an environmental focus.

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Type <environmental> into the main search box and note options in the drop down box.

Also note:   Research and tech support and customer service are available 24/7  by clicking, at the bottom of every page,  on Live Chat,  or by clicking on Help. Law Students can call 1-800-850-9378.

By clicking on Help you can access text or video tutorials. Although none of the tutorials deal specifically with Environmental Law, they can be helpful generally when using WestlawNext.

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Lexis Advance

For effective environmental law research,  you can do one of the following:

Search as you normally would. 

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Select Environmental Law or Energy & Utilities Law, under Practice Areas & Topics for a more environmentally focused search.

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Browse (top left) Topics for sub-topics.  Ex., under the Topic  Environmental Law, are sub-topics such as Air Quality,  Climate Change, Land Use/Zoning, Natural Resources, Water Quality, etc. Add the sub-topic as a search filter and enter a search query.

Also note:  Research and tech support are available 24/7 by clicking More (at the top of every page) to  Help  or to Live Support.  The toll-free help number is 1-800-45-LEXIS.

The Help button and Support folder on the main page link to tutorials, etc.  Although none deal specifically with Environmental Law, they can be helpful when using Lexis Advance.

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Bloomberg Law

For effective environmental law research,  you can do one of the following:

Search as you normally would. 

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Select  the Practice area:  Environmental & Safety 

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Enter a search query as you normally would, select a content type (ex., Court Opinions) and limit your results using Topic filters (such as agricultural law, environmental law, energy law, natural resources, administrative law, ADR, eminent domain,  etc.). NOTE: Not all content types have topical filters.

Use the BNA Law Reports which are listed on the Bloomberg Law  home page under Getting Started. Choose Environment for a list of the 14 environmental Reports.

Also note:  Click on Help at the top of pages to access an email option for research and tech support. Or call toll free 888-560-BLAW.

Clicking on Help will also access tutorials, none of which are specific to Environmental Law, but can he helpful generally when using Bloomberg Law.

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