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Research Guides

U.S. Energy Law: An Introduction

A basic guide to U.S. energy law research.


The Library's energy law collection includes print and online titles.  Search JACOB to locate titles on energy law topics.  For example:


Written by legal scholars and practitioners, treatises provide current, in-depth analysis and commentary on an area of energy law.

Congressional Research Service (CRS) Reports

CRS research attorneys write concise, objective reports on current legislative issues. Some reports are periodically updated. 

To locate a CRS report or the most recent version of a CRS report, search:

  • Bloomberg Law Bloomberg Law (Password Required)
  • CRS Reports Website
  • HeinOnline Subscription Database (Law School Only)Subscription Database (University-wide)
  • ProQuest Congressional Subscription Database (Law School Only) Subscription Database (University-wide)

Selected reports relating to energy law:

Theses & Dissertations

GW Environmental & Energy Law Program LLM theses & SJD dissertations can be located using JACOB, the Library's online catalog.

Since Spring 2009, all GW master’s theses are submitted through GW's ETD site.

They become part of the electronic archive, Proquest Dissertations & Theses Global, managed on behalf of universities nationwide by ProQuest.


  • Dynamic Federalism and Wind Farm Siting Library Collection Subscription Database (University-wide)
  • ATI v. Colorado: How the Commerce Clause Provides Guidance at the Confluence of Energy, Environmental, and Constitutional Law Library Collection Subscription Database (University-wide)
  • Building Energy Efficiency and Resilience in the United States, One Disaster at a Time: Fostering Green Building Principles through Disaster Assistance Library Collection Subscription Database (University-wide)