A comprehensive guide to insurance industry information resources

For Immediate Release
Mon, 09/28/2015


Rob Christopher

Marketing Coordinator

ALA Publishing

American Library Association



CHICAGO — The insurance industry is among the most highly regulated industries today, and literature on the field is a complex thicket of sources. “The ALA Guide to Information Sources in Insurance, Risk Management, and Actuarial Science,” published by ALA Editions, is Lucy Heckman’s valuable, one-of-a-kind guide to locating and using information resources about the insurance industry. Pointing researchers, practitioners, faculty and students of business administration, law firms and anybody interested in researching the insurance industry to the most relevant information, each chapter contains an annotated list of specific print and digital sources, plus explanations on how to make best use of sometimes-forbidding technical materials. Included are company directories, almanacs, databases, websites, legal resources and industry-specific guides that cover:

  • all major lines of insurance, including property/casualty, life, health, and reinsurance;
  • social Insurance, including Social Security, unemployment insurance, and pensions;
  • the insurance policy from the standpoint of practitioners, regulators, and consumers
  • insurance law and regulations;
  • all areas of risk management including financial, technical and intellectual property;
  • actuarial science and its current applications to financial engineering;
  • archival and historical material.

Heckman has worked for St. John’s University Library in New York City since 1977 and has served as their Head of Reference since 2001. She is the author of several other books, including “How to Find Business Information: A Guide for Businesspeople, Investors, and Researchers”; “NASDAQ: A Guide to Information Sources” and “The New York Stock Exchange: A Guide to Information Sources.”

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