To find law journal articles, use Wilson’s Index to Legal Periodicals and the Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals. You may access those indexes from the Diamond Law Library’s new Pegasus index (http://pegasus.law.columbia.edu/)
Domestic law sources are classified using the Library of Congress classification system (LC). Here are some of the LC call numbers you may want to use: KF 3775-3816 for environmental law; KF 501-553 for family law; KF 4800-4846 for immigration law; or KF 3301-3409 for labor law.
At the south end of the fourth floor(http://www.law.columbia.edu/library/about/call_no/4th), there are copies of the most heavily used U.S. state and federal primary and secondary legal materials, including the United States Code (U.S.C.), United States Code Annotated (U.S.C.A), United States Code Service (U.S.C.S.), United States Statutes at Large (Stat.), United States Code Congressional and Administrative News (U.S.C.C.A.N.), Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.), the regional federal reporters and digests, national legal encyclopedias, the American Law Reports (ALR), general form books, and Shepard's citators (no longer updated).
Born, Gary. International Civil Litigation in United States Courts: Commentary & Materials (3rd ed)
3rd Fl Reserve: KF8940.P75 B67 1996
This one-volume treatise covers in its third part “Legislative Jurisdiction and Choice of Law,” which encompasses issues about international law limits on legislative jurisdiction in U.S. courts.
Nanda, Ved P. Litigation of International Disputes in U.S. Courts (2005)
4th Floor: KF8940.P752 N362
Published in loose-leaf format, this two-volume source covers, inter alia, application of foreign law in U.S. courts (Ch. 9), and recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments in U.S. courts (Ch. 11).
Domestic Protection of Human Rights
Jayawickrama, Nihal. The Judicial Application of Human Rights Law: National, Regional, and International Jurisprudence. (Cambridge University Press, 2002)
2nd Floor: JX4263.P3 J334 2002
In its main part, this secondary source covers 27 substantive rights -- such as the right to a fair trial, the right to health, and the right to education -- and their enforcement within various national, regional, and international jurisdictions.
Ying-Jen Lo. Human Rights Litigation Promoting International Law in U.S. Courts (2005)
4th Floor: KF4750 .L693 2005
This one-volume monograph tries to answer many of the questions that are preoccupying human rights activists today (i.e., If a treaty ratified by the United States is clearly self-executing, are courts more likely to follow the norms in that treaty than those in a non-self-executing treaty? Or, does a Senate reservation routinely act as a rule of law to bind the decision making of U.S. judges?)
Environmental Law Reporter. (Environmental Law Institute) (1971-)
4th Floor: KF3775.A6 E5
This multi-volume loose-leaf is a good source for statutory, administrative and case law materials, as well as news analysis, and briefs and pleadings on environmental issues. It also contains a detailed subject matter index. However, if you want to make sure that your search is comprehensive and up-to-date you should use its online version, available at http://www.elr.info/ .
Environment Reporter. (BNA, 1970-)
4th Floor: KF3775.A6 E49
This reporter is a comprehensive source of environmental cases decided by state and federal courts, as well as administrative agencies. Starting with vol. 26, no. 43 (1996) it is available only online at:
In its 19 volumes, this loose-leaf covers, inter alia, an overview of immigration law, procedure (vol.1-8), immigration forms (vol. 9), United Nations documents and other international treaties (vol. 10), as well as INS-related documents (vol. 13-16). Its 20th volume contains a detailed index.
Interpreter Releases, (West Group, 1948-)
4th Floor: KF4802 .I57
This periodical contains court opinions, administrative and legislative developments as well as legal articles on immigration matters. It analyzes up-to-the minute information on all significant immigration and nationality law matters. The library has almost the entire collection from 1948 onward. Westlaw coverage starts in 1987.
Labor Relations Reporter(BNA, 1938-)
4th Floor: KF3365 .L32
Considered to be one of the best compilations of U.S. labor law materials, this multi-volume set covers news and background information (binder no.1); decisions from courts and labor boards (binder no.2); labor arbitration (binder no.3); state statutes (binders nos. 4 & 4A); wage-hours cases and materials (binders nos. 5 through 6A); fair employment practice cases (binders nos. 7 through 9A); and Americans with disability act issues (binder no. 10).
Employment Law Deskbook(Matthew Bender, 1989-)
4th Floor: KF3455 .E47 1989
This reference tool aims to help practitioners decipher the new trends in labor law by giving them quick access to employment decisions, statutes, forms, and annotations.
This two-volume reference source covers the history, purpose and operation of habeas corpus. It abounds with practitioners’ tips, summaries of cases from different jurisdictions and concise explanations of every single procedural step, and it is available on Lexis.
New York Law.
New York Lawyer’s Deskbook (2nd ed) (2002)
4th Floor: KFN 5074. N4992
This two-volume loose-leaf provides quick and authoritative access to a large array of subjects. Inter alia, volume 1 covers matrimonial law, labor law, workers’ compensation law, and social security, and volume 2 covers zoning and land use, mental hygiene law, and elder law.
New York Jurisprudence 2d
4th Floor: KFN 5065 .N48 1979
This multivolume set is often a practitioner’s first step in the realm of New York law. It offers succinct commentaries of the law and it often points out to seminal cases.
David D. Siegel. New York Practice3rd ed. 3rd Fl Reserve: KFN5995 .S54 1999 Extensive guide to New York practice, which reviews significant issues, principles, and exceptions.
Daniel Finkelstein and Lucas A. Ferrara. Landlord and Tenant Practice in New YorkKFN5145 .F497 (West, 1997-) This two-volume loose-leaf provides information concerning substantive and procedural issues related to landlord and tenant matters in New York state, such as nonpayment and holdover proceedings or changes to rent regulations, terminating tenancy. It includes analysis of court decisions, statutes, rules, as well as useful practitioner-created and official forms. It is available on Westlaw.