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EC115 Legal Environment of Business: Databases

Guide to aid with the U.S. legal system and courts along with the role of law in business and personal decision-making.

Legal Sources

Popular Names

Laws are often referred to by a more general name.

To find laws, acts, ect. use the actual name which can be looked up in these resources:


United States Code (U.S.C)

  • U.S.C.. has popular Name Tables at the end of the general indexes 
  • federal acts are listed alphabetically by their short titles or common names with citations to the appropriate title and section of the Code

Shepard’s Acts and Cases by Popular Name

  • provides references to the common names of both federal and state statutes and cases
  • very comprehensive - often lists several citations to a particular name
  • Reference KF90.S52 

LexisNexis

  • has popular names tables

FindLaw

  • links to a popular names tables

Reference

American law yearbook

Annual supplements to the (Gale) Encyclopedia of American Law; includes

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Law
  • Federal and national government
  • Courts

Law Reviews

Law reviews are scholarly journals typically published by law schools.

They are secondary sources of legal material used for conducting legal research.

Locating & reading a law review or journal article is usually a great way to begin research on a topic:

  • thorough discussion & analysis of a particular legal issue,
  • footnotes provide citations for the primary sources of law (statutes, cases, etc.) related to the issue.

Reference sources

Bieber's Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations

- 1st Floor North-Reference KF246 .P73 1997
- Also available online via Lexis-Nexis Academic.

FindLaw Legal Dictionary

- online resource


A Dictionary of Law

- Oxford reference book

Black's Law Dictionary 

- 1st Floor North-Reference  KF156 .B53 2009 

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