BPST 314 Kinsley Spring 2010

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  • 1. Research Tips for BPST 314: Business Legal Environment Paul Boger CGPS Reference Librarian pboger @umw.edu
  • 2. Business and Legal Databases:
    • Access to business, financial, and legal information
    • Different databases will provide different information
    Business Source Complete Legal Collection
  • 3. Where do I begin? How do I find Lexis-Nexis?
  • 4. Databases – 24/7
    • Database A-Z list
    • Databases by Subject
    • Research Guides
    • Click the drop-down menu by “Research by Subject”
    • Click on Professional Studies (BPS) – to access suggested research resources
    • Click “GO”
  • 5. Research Guide
    • Click on the “Databases” tab
  • 6. Research Guide
    • Click on any “LexisNexis” link
    • Contact the Library if you need assistance
  • 7. Can I use the databases from home? jsmith password Yes!
    • You will have to log-in to the databases when off-campus
    • Contact the Library if you have access problems
  • 8.
    • You can access LexisNexis using any link on the Research Guide
    • Simply navigate between subject searches by using the tab selections at the top of the screen
    • The red tab indicates the subject you are currently searching
    • Click “Business” to search for corporate information
  • 9. : Company Dossier Search
    • Perform a “Company Dossier” search
    • Enter your company name or ticker symbol
    • You can search for private or public companies
    • Click Search
  • 10.
    • Click the name of your company to find detailed business information
    • Under “Company Type”, note the differences for parent vs. subsidiary, and public vs. private companies
    : Company Dossier Search
  • 11. : Company Dossier Results
    • Use the Reports menu to locate additional information on a company
    • Click “Legal Information” for cases involving your company
  • 12. : SEC Filings
    • Use the menu on the left to navigate to different types of business searches
    • Select “SEC Filings”
  • 13. : SEC Filings
    • Enter a company name or ticker symbol to retrieve full text corporate SEC filings
    • Use “Sources” to search for a specific SEC form
    • Limit your searches by time period
  • 14.
    • Navigate between subject searches by using the tab selections at the top of the screen
    • To change to a Legal search, click the “Legal” option
    : Legal Search
  • 15.
    • Use the Legal Searches menu (on the left) to navigate to different legal search options
    • The type of legal search is determined by what is in bold at the top of the legal search options
    • Click on “Federal & State Cases”
    : Federal & State Cases
  • 16. : Legal Citation Search
    • Enter your legal citation
    • Spacing and punctuation are important
    • Use the “Sources” menu to limit your results to federal or state information
    • Click “Search”
  • 17. : Legal Citation Results
  • 18.
    • In the same search screen, you can also search by litigants
    • Only one name is required
    • You can even search by keywords
    : Case Search
  • 19.
    • Use the Legal Searches menu (on the left) to navigate within the different legal search options
    • Click on “Federal & State Codes”
    : Federal & State Codes
  • 20.
    • Enter your keywords
    • Use quotation marks for an exact phrase
    • Select the correct legal sources
    • Click “Search”
    : Federal & State Codes
  • 21. : Results List
    • Full text links
    • Sort by “Publication Date” or “Relevance”
    • Print, email, save
    • Results breakdown
    • Edit searches and start new searches
    • Search within your results list
  • 22.
    • Different subject portals – business, legal, news
    • Full text
    • Searching:
      • Boolean operators (AND, NOT, OR)
      • Phrase searching – use quotation marks
      • Truncation – use exclamation point (!)
      • Natural Language – form of a question
    • Save, print, email – in pdf, html, or word
    : Search Tips
  • 23. Legal Dictionaries:
    • Oxford Dictionary of Law – online through the “Oxford Reference Online” database
    • Black’s Law Dictionary – in print in the CGPS Library (KF156 .B53 2004 REF)
  • 24. Oxford Dictionary of Law
    • Start at the “Databases A to Z” page
    • Click on the letter “O”
    • Click “Oxford Reference Online Premium”
  • 25. Oxford Reference Online Click the Law selection
  • 26. Oxford Law Sources:
    • Search all of the law titles
      • OR
    • Select a specific title to search
  • 27. Will all of my books and articles be available in the CGPS Library?
    • Illiad – to request materials from the Simpson Library
    • Create an Illiad Account
      • Make requests via online forms
      • 24-48 hour delivery from Simpson Library
      • Books from Simpson Library are free
      • $2 fee for articles located at Simpson
    • Go to Simpson and use your EagleOne Card
    No
  • 28. What if UMW doesn’t have what I need?
    • Illiad – to request materials from other libraries
      • Create an Illiad Account
      • Make requests via online forms
      • 20 free requests per semester
      • Articles are usually delivered via email
      • Books are shipped to CGPS Library
  • 29. Need help? Have Questions?
    • Come to the Library
      • Mondays - Thursdays 1 p.m. - 9 p.m.
      • Fridays 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.
      • Saturdays 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    • Contact the Library Staff
      • [email_address]
      • 540-286-8025
      • IM: cgpslibrary
    • Set up a Research Appointment
      • [email_address]
      • 540-286-8066
  • 30. & Take A Break! Served at 5:30 Monday thru Thursday