This research guide is designed to showcase the best sources for copyright law research at SLU Law. Some of the resources are freely available on the internet, but many are subscription services only available to members of the SLU Law community, and some only on campus or at the law school. Both print and electronic resources are represented in the guide.
Copyright law research can involve primary legal sources such as statutes, cases, and administrative law. To find out the legislative intent behind particular statutory language, legislative history research may be necessary. When you begin researching copyright law, it can be helpful to start with secondary sources and practice aids like treatises, loose-leafs, law journal articles, and other background materials. These sources offer analysis, commentary, or restatements of primary law and can also help locate and explain primary sources of law. As you develop and frame your research questions, consulting current awareness tools will help you stay up-to-date on legal developments that relate to your area of interest. This guide will help you find each of these types of resources.