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Animal Law Research Guide

This guide will assist in researching issues in Animal Law, Animal Rights and Animal Welfare.

Books, Articles and Databases

Find Books.

  • Use the following library catalogs and databases to find books on Animal Law topics:
    • Primo (Georgetown Law Library).
    • GEORGE (Lauinger Library, Georgetown University).
    • WorldCat (catalog records from thousands of U.S. libraries).
    • Ebrary full text electronic books database (from on-campus only). Requires download of free Ebrary Reader.
  • Do keyword searches to find sources that deal with animal law or animal rights.
  • Use the subject headings of the items you find to further define your search. Some relevant subject headings of items available in our library are listed below:
  • Agricultural Laws & Legislation
  • Animal Experimentation
  • Animal Industry
  • Animal Rights
  • Animal Welfare
  • Animals, Treatment of
  • Animals--Law & Legislation
  • Cockfighting
  • Domestic Animals
  • Domestic Animals--Law & Legislation
  • Endangered Species
  • Endangered Species--Law & Legislation
  • Horses
  • Human-Animal Relationships
  • Marine Mammals
  • Marine Mammals--Law & Legislation
  • Slaughtering and Slaughter Houses
  • Veterinarians
  • Wild Animal Trade
  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Wildlife Conservation--Law & Legislation

Locate Books

  • Books on animal topics can be found in several places in Georgetown Law Library.
    • In Williams, find books on
      • Animal Law KF390.5 A
      • Animal Rights, Welfare , Ethics and Experimentation (non-legal) from HV4705to HV4955
      • Animal Treatment & Law KF3832 to KF3841
      • Wildlife, Marine Mammals, Endangered Species and Laboratory Animals (non-legal) from QL 31 to QL 775, R853 A53, and SK37 to SK593
      • Wildlife & Endangered Species Law, KF5640
    • To locate books in Wolff, see the Books and Book Chapter section of the International and Foreign Animal Law Research Guide for guidance.
  • To have a book sent from Lauinger Library to the Law Center, click the "Request" button in the item's catalog record, and complete the requested information.
  • To request a book from non-Georgetown libraries, use WorldCat, use the "Click here to request via ILL" link in the book's record, and follow the instructions to submit an interlibrary loan request.

Find Articles.

  • Use an articles database and/or a journal index to find articles about Animal Law. The following indexes available at have articles on law and policy topics, and will be useful in researching Animal Law:
    • (Index to) Legal Periodicals and Books
    • Legal Trac
    • Academic Search Premier (cross-disciplinary periodicals)
    • Research Library (Proquest) (cross-disciplinary periodicals) -- make sure to select all databases
    • Social Sciences Index
    • Sociological Abstracts
  • Do keyword searches to find sources that deal with animal law.
  • Use the subject headings of the items you find to further define your search.
  • Also, search for articles in full-text articles databases such as in Lexis and Westlaw, and JSTORand Project Muse

Locate Articles.

  • Use E-Journal Finder. Enter the name of the journal to find where articles from the journal can be found in electronic format. Make sure to choose "All Libraries" from the drop-down box to see the electronic holdings at the main campus and the medical libraries; and/or the law library.
  • Use GULLiver. Enter the name of the journal to see our print and/or electronic holdings for the journalTutorial
  • Use Interlibrary Loan to request articles that are not available from Georgetown.

Search Databases.

  • Westlaw, Topical Materials by Area of Practice > Animal Law (news, articles, statutes, regulations, cases, secondary sources)
  • Social Science Research Network (SSRN) for scholarly (published and soon to be published) articles and working papers.
  • PolicyFile, papers from public policy think tanks, non-governmental organizations, research institutes, university centers, advocacy groups, and other entities.
  • PAIS International for policy documents.
  • Social Sciences Databases at Lauinger Library (some available from on campus only).