Generally, the library keeps its print collection of copyright law material in call numbers KF2986-3080.
The leading treatise on U.S. copyright law is Nimmer on Copyright, which is available electronically only on Lexis Advance. For a selective list of other treatises and study aids on copyright law, both print and electronic, see below. In addition, you will find guidance on finding journal articles & newsletters, news & current awareness sources, and other resources in our catalog. You may also find our intellectual property treatise finder helpful.
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.
The most recent edition of all study aids in the Williams Law Library collection are located in the Reading Room Reserve area. These cannot leave the Reading Room, although they can be copied and scanned. Older editions of these study aids, however, are located in the stacks and can be checked out; use the library catalog or ask a librarian for assistance locating these.
Some of the most popular study aids for copyright law are listed below.
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 copyright and intellectual property; however, note that scholarly articles on copyright law may appear in numerous publications, including publications that are general in nature, so you should not limit your research only to copyright- or intellectual property-specific journals.
To identify and locate copyright-specific journals in our the library's print and microform collections, search GULLiver by subject for "Copyright -- United States -- Periodicals" or "Intellectual Property -- United States -- Periodicals."