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BPST 314 Kinsley Spring 2010

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BPST 314 Kinsley Spring 2010

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

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