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Privacy & Information Law Research Guide

This research guide focuses on U.S. state and federal privacy and information law.

Introduction

Generally, we recommend you begin any legal research project with secondary sources.  Here you will find a selective list of print and electronic treatises, books, study aids, and other secondary sources on privacy law. 

If you are not familiar with what secondary sources are, or if you need to begin with a basic secondary source that can provide you with an introductory overview of your legal topic (such as a legal encyclopedia) you may want to begin with our Secondary Sources Research Guide or our Secondary Sources Tutorial.

Reference Works

e-Resource Centers and Treatise Collections

Select Treatises

The following is a select list of texts & treatises on issues of privacy law.  There are many others; to find more, try searching the library's catalog (see below) or browsing a treatise collection.  

Most of the below are available electronically; however, some are only available in our print collection.

Select Books in Our Collection

The following are examples of some of the books in the law library's catalog having to do with privacy law or special topics within privacy law. 

To find more books or other materials on privacy law in the law library's collection, search our catalog by subject for subject headings such as:

  • Privacy, Right of -- United States
  • Data protection -- Law and legislation -- United States
  • Confidential communications -- United States
  • Publicity (Law) -- United States
  • Electronic Surveillance
  • Computer security -- Law and legislation

Practice Materials

Many of the resources listed on this page have a practical bent or include both practical and scholarly content, so refer also to the list of treatises and other books on this page.  The below in particular contain resources that are focused mainly on practical guidance for attorneys (deskbooks, practice notes, chart builders, forms, checklists, CLE materials, etc.):

Current Awareness Resources

These resources are great for keeping up-to-date on developments in the law, in addition to providing fertile ground for selecting research paper topics.

Journal Articles

Lexis and Westlaw's law journal databases are the most popular places to search for relevant law journal articles. Searching Lexis and Westlaw's databases, however, is not necessarily the most efficient way of finding relevant journal articles, nor is it comprehensive.  The Articles for Legal and Non-Legal Research research guide explains the differences between searching journal indexes and searching full-text databases. It also suggests legal and non-legal indexes and full-text databases.

There are several law reviews and journals dedicated to privacy law; however, note that scholarly articles on this area of law may appear in numerous publications, including those that are general in nature; you should not limit your research only to privacy-specific journals.

Study Aids