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ASTE 5260: Environmental Impacts of Agricultural Systems: Researching a Law


Introduction & Orientation

Before you get started with your research, watch these short orientation videos from each of your librarians. 

This Guide: Researching a Law

Your assignment asks you to research a law affecting environmental quality. You will look for information about:

  • the law's history: who was involved, which committee dealt with it
  • the law's impact: who the law affects and how it affects them

You will need to use government information resources as well as other kinds of sources such as journals, books, and newspapers to fully understand the law and its impacts.  

This guide will show you where to go for these kinds of information, as well as point you toward help in citing your sources for your paper or presentation.

Resources for Laws, Regulations, and Court Cases

Researching Laws

Researching Regulations


Need help researching regulations?

This guide from the Library of Congress, research regulations, has more detailed information on how to research regulations and links to find information.

Researching Court Cases


Need help finding materials from U.S. government sources?

Enter your search terms into the library catalog and use the Advanced Search to limit your Material Type to Government Document. For additional support, see Finding Government Information.

Help for Statewide Campus/Online Students

As a USU Statewide or Online student, you can access all of the library's databases, articles, and e-books from home or anywhere with Internet. To access library resources from the USU Libraries website, a research guide (like this!), or your Canvas course, you will be prompted to enter your A number and password. For more information on how to order physical books, get research help, and other time-saving tips, visit the Library Services for Statewide and Online Users website.