BLM Library: Information Within Reach

Reference, Research, and Referral

The BLM Library provides a full range of reference services. Requests may involve short, specific questions that may be answered over the phone or complex questions that require more extensive searching.

In addition, the Library can perform research using computerized databases to produce a bibliography of citations on a subject you specify. We can access nearly 1,000 databases that include periodicals, books, reports, conference proceedings, and dissertations. Some databases provide abstracts along with their citations. You may request bibliographies according to subject area, author, report number, etc. Even when you have only partial information, the Library can usually find the materials you need.

Legal research can be performed using certain databases, particularly Hein Online. The Library handles requests for copies of specific case decisions, as well as requests for Shepardizing of case decisions. We can locate current copies of unpublished Interior Board of Land Appeals decisions or obtain them through the IBLA office. We can also obtain copies of opinions from the District Court of Appeals or track a court decision. In addition, the Library can conduct comprehensive searches for Government documents or historical FEDERAL REGISTER notices. Often the most current or relevant information you seek may not yet be published and may be available only from a specialist. The Library staff can locate researchers or organizations that specialize in your subject area. We have knowledge of potential referrals from the personal contacts we make and from the computerized networks we access.

To obtain reference assistance, initiate research on a topic, or request a referral, please contact the BLM Library:

blm_library@blm.gov | 303-236-6650



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