Research Tips for  BPST 314: Business Legal Environment Paul Boger CGPS  Reference Librarian pboger @umw.edu
Where do I begin? How do I find the library’s database?
Databases – 24/7 <ul><li>Database A-Z list </li></ul><ul><li>Databases by Subject </li></ul><ul><li>Research Guides </li><...
Databases – 24/7 Company and business research Legal research & news <ul><li>Click on the name of a database to begin sear...
Can I use the databases from home?  jsmith password Yes!
Business and Legal Information:   <ul><li>Access to business, corporate and legal information  </li></ul><ul><li>Different...
<ul><li>Perform a “Company Dossier” search </li></ul><ul><li>Enter your company name or ticker symbol </li></ul><ul><li>Cl...
<ul><li>Click the name of your company to find detailed business information </li></ul><ul><li>Under “Company Type”, note ...
: Company Dossier Results <ul><li>Use the Reports menu to locate additional legal and financial information </li></ul>
<ul><li>Use the Business search menu to locate different business information </li></ul><ul><li>Select SEC Filings  </li><...
<ul><li>Enter a company name or ticker symbol to retrieve full text corporate SEC filings </li></ul><ul><li>Use “Select So...
<ul><li>Navigate between subject searches by using the tab selections in the red menu </li></ul><ul><li>Click the “Legal” ...
LexisNexis Academic:  Federal & State Cases <ul><li>Use the Legal Searches menu (on the right) to navigate to different le...
<ul><li>Enter your legal citations </li></ul><ul><li>Spacing and punctuation are important </li></ul><ul><li>Use the “Sele...
: Legal Citation Results
<ul><li>Search by litigants </li></ul><ul><li>Only one name required </li></ul><ul><li>You can even search by keywords </l...
LexisNexis Academic:  Federal & State Codes <ul><li>Use the Legal Searches menu (on the right) to navigate to different le...
LexisNexis Academic:  Federal & State Codes <ul><li>Enter your keywords </li></ul><ul><li>Use quotation marks for an exact...
: Results List <ul><li>Full text links </li></ul><ul><li>Print, email, save </li></ul><ul><li>Results breakdown </li></ul>...
<ul><li>Different portals – business, legal, news </li></ul><ul><li>Full text </li></ul><ul><li>Searching: </li></ul><ul><...
Legal Dictionaries: <ul><li>Oxford Dictionary of Law – online through the “Oxford Reference Online”  database </li></ul><u...
Legal Dictionary: <ul><li>Start at the Databases A to Z page </li></ul><ul><li>Click on the letter “O” </li></ul>
Legal Dictionary: Oxford Reference Online Click the Law selection
Oxford Dictionary of Law:
Will all of my books and articles be available in the CGPS Library?   <ul><li>Use the  Journal Finder </li></ul><ul><li>Il...
What if UMW doesn’t have what I need? <ul><li>Use the  Journal Finder </li></ul><ul><li>Illiad  – Interlibrary Loan </li><...
Need help? Have Questions? <ul><li>Come to the Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mondays - Thursdays 1 p.m. - 9 p.m.  </li></u...
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  1. 1. Research Tips for BPST 314: Business Legal Environment Paul Boger CGPS Reference Librarian pboger @umw.edu
  2. 2. Where do I begin? How do I find the library’s database?
  3. 3. 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>
  4. 4. Databases – 24/7 Company and business research Legal research & news <ul><li>Click on the name of a database to begin searching </li></ul>
  5. 5. Can I use the databases from home? jsmith password Yes!
  6. 6. Business and Legal Information: <ul><li>Access to business, corporate and legal information </li></ul><ul><li>Different databases will provide different information </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Perform a “Company Dossier” search </li></ul><ul><li>Enter your company name or ticker symbol </li></ul><ul><li>Click Search </li></ul>: Company Dossier Search
  8. 8. <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>Click here to perform another search : Company Dossier Search
  9. 9. : Company Dossier Results <ul><li>Use the Reports menu to locate additional legal and financial information </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Use the Business search menu to locate different business information </li></ul><ul><li>Select SEC Filings </li></ul>: SEC Filings
  11. 11. <ul><li>Enter a company name or ticker symbol to retrieve full text corporate SEC filings </li></ul><ul><li>Use “Select Sources” to search for a specific SEC form </li></ul><ul><li>Limit your searches by time period </li></ul>: SEC Filings
  12. 12. <ul><li>Navigate between subject searches by using the tab selections in the red menu </li></ul><ul><li>Click the “Legal” tab to search the Legal Section of the database </li></ul>: Legal Search
  13. 13. LexisNexis Academic: Federal & State Cases <ul><li>Use the Legal Searches menu (on the right) to navigate to different legal search options </li></ul><ul><li>Click on Federal & State Cases </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Enter your legal citations </li></ul><ul><li>Spacing and punctuation are important </li></ul><ul><li>Use the “Select Sources” menu to limit your results to federal or state information </li></ul><ul><li>Click “Search” </li></ul>: Legal Citation Search
  15. 15. : Legal Citation Results
  16. 16. <ul><li>Search by litigants </li></ul><ul><li>Only one name required </li></ul><ul><li>You can even search by keywords </li></ul>: Case Search
  17. 17. LexisNexis Academic: Federal & State Codes <ul><li>Use the Legal Searches menu (on the right) to navigate to different legal search options </li></ul><ul><li>Click on Federal & State Codes </li></ul>
  18. 18. LexisNexis Academic: Federal & State Codes <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>
  19. 19. : Results List <ul><li>Full text links </li></ul><ul><li>Print, email, save </li></ul><ul><li>Results breakdown </li></ul><ul><li>Editing searches and new searches </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>Different 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), phrase searching (“”), truncation (!) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Natural Language – form of a question </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Save, print, email </li></ul>: Search Tips
  21. 21. 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>
  22. 22. Legal Dictionary: <ul><li>Start at the Databases A to Z page </li></ul><ul><li>Click on the letter “O” </li></ul>
  23. 23. Legal Dictionary: Oxford Reference Online Click the Law selection
  24. 24. Oxford Dictionary of Law:
  25. 25. Will all of my books and articles be available in the CGPS Library? <ul><li>Use the Journal Finder </li></ul><ul><li>Illiad – Document Delivery </li></ul><ul><li>Create an Illiad Account </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online forms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Books are free; $2 per article </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>48-72 hours from Simpson Library </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Go to Simpson and use your EagleOne Card </li></ul>No
  26. 26. What if UMW doesn’t have what I need? <ul><li>Use the Journal Finder </li></ul><ul><li>Illiad – Interlibrary Loan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Create an Illiad Account </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online forms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10 requests free: $2 each beyond 10 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1-2 weeks from another Library </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Delivered to CGPS Library </li></ul></ul>
  27. 27. 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><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>
  28. 28. & Take A Break!

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