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A Basic Guide to International Environmental Legal Research

An overview of resources for researching international environmental law.

Searching Library Catalogs

This page will show you how to find which books, journals, and articles the UC libraries have and the ebooksdigital articles to which the UC Libraries subscribe.

The first box shows you Summon which searches our full-text digital journal articles, ebooks, and UC libraries' online catalog, UCLID.  The next box includes subject headings that are used in UCLID on international environmental law. The third one describes UCLID and provides a search box for it.  The fourth box shows OhioLink, which has records for all the paper books and journals in 82 libraries in Ohio. The fifth box is for searching WorldCat.  If you cannot find what you want in UCLID or OhioLink, copy the accession number from the WorldCat record and submit an interlibrary loan request. 

Finding Full Text Digital Sources

Summon contains a variety of quality information and access to content provided by the University of Cincinnati Library. To date, Summon content comes from 6,800+ publishers and 94,000+ journal and periodical titles, and 3+ million library catalog records. There are over 230 million items indexed in UCL’s Summon index —and UC Libraries is constantly adding new content!

Suggested Subject Headings

Subject Headings

Before researching primary law, such as treaties and agreements and laws of the nations of the world, researchers might also consult their library catalog to uncover helpful treatises, books, or nutshells and basic background texts to better understand this area of international law.  The following are the search terms that apply to international environmental law:

  • Air -- Pollution -- Government policy -- International Cooperation
  • Climatic Changes—Government Policy
  • Climatic Changes -- International Cooperation
  • Climatic Changes Islands
  • Environmental Degradation—United States
  • Environmental Economics 
  • Environmental Ethics 
  • Environmental Impact Analysis
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Law International
  • Environmental Law International Cases
  • Environmental Law International Economic Aspects
  • Environmental Law, International—Sources 
  • Environmental Law, International—Treaties
  • Environmental Law International -- Legal Research
  • Environmental Law International Periodicals
  • Environmental Management—International Cooperation 
  • Environmental Law, Periodicals
  • Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Policy -- International Cooperation
  • Environmental Protection
  • Environmental Risk Assessment -- International Cooperation
  • Global Warming—Government Policy 
  • Global Warming -- Economic Aspects
  • Global Warming -- International Cooperation
  • Global Warming –Law and legislation 
  • International Lakes
  • International Rivers
  • Law of the Sea 
  • Liability for Environmental Damages, European Union 
  • Marine Resources Conservation
  • Marine resources development
  • Sustainable Development
  • Sustainable Development International Cooperation
  • Water Rights International Law

Search the UC Library Catalog

The UC Library Catalog

Always check UCLID first to see if a book is available in our library or another UC library. 

When you find a title through UCLID, the online catalog, that is owned by another library:

  • Click on the Request button. 
  • Enter your username and password
  • Select Law Library as your pick-up library
  • Click on the Submit button.

The book will be delivered to the Law Library and you will receive an email in your UC email account when it comes. Be aware that it may take 3 or more days to arrive. Note that if your pick-up location and request location are the same, the request is not processed. In other words, if a book is available in the law library, do not request it. Instead retrieve the book yourself and check it out.

OhioLINK Catalog Search


If a book you want is not available at UC, you may be able to find and borrow it through the OhioLINK.  Be sure and check UCLID first.  OhioLINK is also accessible through UCLID (click the search OhioLINK button)

When you find a title that is owned by another library:

  • Click on the Request button. 
  • Enter your username and password
  • Select Law Library as your pick-up library


OhioLINK: Ohio's Academic Library Consortium 





WorldCat Catalog


If a book you want is not available in UCLID or OhioLINK, you will need to submit an Interlibrary Loan Request.

  • Find the book in WorldCat (use the box below for a simple search, use the WorldCat Advanced Search for more search options).
  • Fill out an ILL form with the information you found in WorldCat. Note that the Law Library does not use ILLiad.


Search for an item in libraries near you: >>

The book will be delivered to the Law Library and you will receive an email in your UC email account when it comes.  Be aware that it may take 10 or more days to arrive.  Circulation loan periods will vary.  Renewal options will also vary. 



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