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  1. 1. Research Tips for BUAD 283:Legal Environment of Business Laura Berberian Stafford Reference Librarian
  2. 2. Business and Legal Databases: Business Source Complete Legal Collection • Access to business, financial, and legal information • Different databases will provide different information
  3. 3. Can I use the databases from home? • You will have to log-in to the databases when off-campusjsmith • Log in with your UMW emailpassword username and password (these are the same credentials you use to log in to Canvas)
  4. 4. Go to
  5. 5. Professional Studies GuideFrom the “Browse by Subject”column, scroll down andselect “Professional Studies”Or, click on “All Guides” andselect “Bachelor ofProfessional Studies”
  6. 6. BPS Subject Guide• Click on the “LegalResources” tab•select the “LexisNexis” link
  7. 7. To research companies, enter a company name or tickersymbol under “Get Company Info” or select an option underthe “Companies” tab to the left.
  8. 8. : Company Dossier Search
  9. 9. : Company Dossier Search• Click the name of your company to find detailed businessinformation• Under “Company Type”, note the differences for parent vs.subsidiary, and public vs. private companies
  10. 10. : Company Dossier Results • Use the Reports menu to locate additional information on a company • Under “Legal,” click on “recent cases” for cases involving your company
  11. 11. : SEC FilingsUnder the “Companies” tab, select “SEC Filings” and enter acompany name or ticker symbol in the search field(s)
  12. 12. : Federal & State CasesFrom the LexisNexis home page, under the US Legal menu, select“Federal & State Cases.”Enter your search terms in the search field(s). From the drop-downmenu, you can limit your search to citation, party names, judges,attorneys, or legal topics.
  13. 13. : Legal Citation Results
  14. 14. : Federal & State Codes• Enter your keywords• Use quotation marks for an exact phrase• Select the correct legal sources• Click “Search”
  15. 15. : 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
  16. 16. : Search Tips• 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
  17. 17. Legal Dictionaries: • Black’s Law Dictionary – in print in the Stafford Campus Library (KF156 .B53 2004 REF) • Oxford Dictionary of Law – online through the “Oxford Reference Online” database
  18. 18. Oxford Dictionary of Law • Start at the “Databases A to Z” page • Click on the letter “O” • Click “Oxford Reference Online Premium”
  19. 19. Oxford Reference Online Click the Law selection
  20. 20. Oxford Law Sources: • Search all of the law titles OR • Select a specific title to search
  21. 21. What if UMW doesn’t have what I need? Interlibrary loan (ILL) – to request materials from the Simpson Library and other library systems Create an ILL Account  Make requests via online forms  20 free requests per semester  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
  22. 22. 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   540-286-8025  IM: cgpslibrary  Set up a Research Appointment   540-286-8057  IM: staffordlibrarian
  23. 23. Served at 5:30Monday thru Thursday