Not ANOTHER !?$#@ Law Question?!: Reference Strategies for Business Librarians


BRASS Program, ALA Annual Conference, July 10, 2000


As compiled and selectively annotated by the Committee

Dictionaries/Directories/Encyclopedias/Handbooks | Employment Law
Environmental Law | Forms | International Trade | Patents/Trademarks/Copyright
Starting/Incorporating a Business | Websites | Publishers' Addresses

The print resources included here reflect the collections of the institutions in which the members of the 2000 BRASS Program Planning Committee work. These are representative titles or Web sites to which we turn most frequently when dealing with many law-related business questions.



Black's Law Dictionary . 7th ed. St. Paul, MN: West Group, 1999.

Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory . Annual. New Providence, NJ: Martindale-Hubbell.

Martindale-Hubbell Law Digest . 2 vols. Annual. New Providence, NJ: Martindale-Hubbell. Two-volume set contains the laws of each State in digest form. Also included are the uniform acts, such as the Uniform Commercial Code. Can be purchased separately from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law . 12 vols. St. Paul, MN: West Group, 1998- .

General, with Significant Law-Related Content

Countries of the World and Their Leaders Yearbook . Annual. Detroit: Gale Group.

Europa World Yearbook . Annual. London: Europa Publications.

Malonis, Jane A., ed. Encyclopedia of Business . 2nd ed. 2 vol. Detroit, MI: Gale Group, c2000.

Raworth, Philip, ed. Constitutions of Dependencies and Territories . 2 vol. (loose-leaf). Dobbs Ferry, NY: Oceana Publications, 1998- .
Gradually revises and replaces Constitutions of Dependencies and Special Sovereignties, published 1975-1997.

Washington Researchers. Researching Markets, Industries, and Business Opportunities . Rockville, MD: Washington Researchers, c1998.
Includes coverage of Federal courts, and Federal and state government information sources. This title, along with others by Washington Researchers, breaks down the research process for various types of companies and business practices, focusing on governmental and commercial information tools.

Weinberg, Steve. The Reporter's Handbook: An Investigator's Guide to Documents and Techniques . 3rd ed. New York: St. Martin's Press, c1996.
Written for journalism students, includes chapters on where to locate local legal information. Useful for librarians and patrons when wanting to learn about places to locate business and personal information about people.

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Contact your state chamber of commerce for publications. For example, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce publishes such titles as:

Employment Law Handbook: A Business Guide to Indiana and Federal Employment Laws . 3rd ed. Indianapolis, IN: Indiana Chamber of Commerce, 1998.

Swider, David L., and Steven G. Rudolf. Model Employee Policies for Indiana Employers, with Legal Commentary . 3rd ed. Indianapolis, IN: Indiana Chamber of Commerce, 1998.

Indiana Guide to Hiring and Firing . Indianapolis, IN: Indiana Chamber of Commerce, 1997.

Worker's Compensation Handbook . 2nd ed. Indianapolis, IN: Indiana Chamber of Commerce, 1998.

Other titles:

BNA's Labor and Employment Law Library on CD . Updated monthly. Washington, D.C. Bureau of National Affairs, 1996- .
Originally a loose-leaf reporter service, this CD-ROM contains the full text of cases from the following BNA labor relations reporter services: Fair Employment Practices Cases, Individual Employment Rights Cases, Americans with Disabilities Cases, NLRB and Court Decisions, Labor Arbitration Decisions, and Wage & Hour Cases, Second Series. Also available, as of May 1999, as a Web-based subscription service.

Employment Coordinator . 15 vol (loose-leaf). St. Paul, MN: West Group [Clark Boardman Callaghan imprint].

Jasper, Margaret C. Employee Rights in the Workplace . Dobbs Ferry, NY: Oceana Publications, 1997.

Jasper, Margaret C. Labor Law . Dobbs Ferry, NY: Oceana Publications, 1998.

Repa, Barbara Kate. Your Rights in the Workplace . 4th ed. Berkeley, CA: Nolo Press, 1999.

Steingold, Fred. The Employer's Legal Handbook . 3rd National ed. Berkeley, CA: Nolo Press, 1999.

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Cooper, André R. Cooper's Comprehensive Environmental Desk Reference . New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, c1996.

Jasper, Margaret C. Environmental Law . Dobbs Ferry, NY: Oceana Publications, 1997.

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Brinson, J. Dianne. Internet Legal Forms for Business . Menlo Park, CA: Ladera Press, 1997; 1999.
"12 ready-to-use forms for doing business on the Internet" (from the cover).

Business Forms on File . 1 vol. (loose-leaf). New York, NY: Facts on File Publications, 1999.

Ray, James C. The Most Valuable Business Legal Forms You'll Ever Need . Naperville, IL: Sphinx Publishing, 1998.

Sitarz, Dan. The Complete Book of Small Business Legal Forms . 2nd ed. Carbondale, IL: Nova Publishing Co., 1997.

Zeldin, Richard P., ed. Personal Forms on File . 1 vol. (loose-leaf). New York, NY: Facts on File Publications, c1984.

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D&B Exporter's Encyclopaedia, [year] . 1 loose-leaf binder with supplements. Baltimore, MD: Dun & Bradstreet Information Services, c1999- .
Contains information on treaties and other legal aspects of doing business internationally.

Directory of United States Exporters . New York, NY: Journal of Commerce, Inc., Annual.

Directory of United States Importers . New York, NY: Journal of Commerce, Inc., Annual.

Economist Intelligence Unit. Investing, Licensing & Trading in ... [name of country] . London; New York: Economist Intelligence Unit, c1997-
Each report (by country) is annual, with an update six months later; shipped once a month. Contains reports for about 60 countries and the European Union. Continues Investing, Licensing & Trading Conditions Abroad.

Feinschreiber, Robert, and Charles L. Crowley. Import Handbook: A Compliance and Planning Guide . New York: J. Wiley, c1997.

Importers Manual USA . 3rd ed. San Rafael, CA: World Trade Press, 1998.

Johnson, Thomas E. Export/Import Procedures and Documentation . 3rd ed. New York, NY: AMACOM, c1997.
Provides information concerning compliance with foreign laws and other related exporting/importing documentation topics.

Official Export Guide . Annual. Hightstown, NJ: K-III Directory Corp., 1998- .
Legal information on exporting, including sample forms and extensive coverage of regulations. Companion to U.S. Custom House Guide (see below). Also available on CD-ROM.

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Doing Business and Investing in [name of country] . Updates are irregular. New York, NY: PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, 1999- .
Continues the series formerly known as "Doing Business In ...". New Series name is "Information Guide Series."

U.S. Custom House Guide . Hightstown, NJ: Primedia Directories, Annual.
Covers all the legal aspects of importing. The NAFTA treaty and customs regulations are also included. Companion to Official Export Guide (see above).

World Trade Almanac: Economic, Marketing, Trade, Culture, Legal, and Travel Surveys for the World's Top 100 Countries . San Rafael, CA: World Trade Press, 1996 [1997].

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Elias, Stephen; ed. by Lisa Goldoftas. Patent, Copyright & Trademark . 3rd ed. Berkeley, CA: Nolo Press, 1999.

Elias, Stephen, and Kate McGrath. Trademark: Legal Care for Your Business & Product Name . 4th National ed. Berkeley, CA: Nolo Press, 1999.

Fishman, Stephen. The Copyright Handbook: How to Protect & Use Written Works . 5th ed. Berkeley, CA: Nolo Press, c2000.

Pressman, David; ed. by Stephen Elias. Patent It Yourself . 7th ed. Berkeley, CA: Nolo Press, 1999.

Williams, Phillip G. Naming Your Business and Its Products and Services: How to Create Effective Trade Names, Trademarks, and Service Marks to Attract Customers, Protect Your Goodwill and Reputation, and Stay Out of Court . Oak Park, IL: P. Gaines Co., 1991.

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Anosike, Benji O. How to Form Your Own Profit or Non-Profit Corporation without a Lawyer . Newark, NJ: Do-It-Yourself Legal Publishers, 1999.

Dicks, Jack William. How to Incorporate and Start a Business in Indiana . Series. Holbrook, MA: Adams Media, 1998.

Incorporation Made E-Z . Deerfield Beach, FL: E-Z Legal Forms, 1999.

Nicholas, Ted, and Sean P. Melvin. How to Form Your Own Corporation Without a Lawyer for under $75.00 . 26th ed. Chicago: Dearborn, 1999.

Sitarz, Dan. C-Corporations: Small Business Start-Up Kit . Carbondale, IL: Nova Publishing Co., 2000.

Sitarz, Dan. Limited Liability Company: Small Business Start-Up Kit . Carbondale, IL: Nova Publishing Co., 2000.

Sitarz, Dan. Partnerships: Small Business Start-Up Kit . Carbondale, IL: Nova Publishing Co., 2000.

Sitarz, Dan. S-Corporations: Small Business Start-Up Kit . Carbondale, IL: Nova Publishing Co., 2000.

Steingold, Fred. Legal Guide for Starting & Running a Small Business . 2 vol. 5th ed. Berkeley, CA: Nolo Press, 1999.

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Antitrust Policy <>
Contains cases and legal policy on mergers, price fixing and vertical restraints.

Fedworld <:>
A guide to information that can be purchased from the National Technical Information Service (NTIS). There are also links to sources for trade, law enforcement, and regulations.

FindLaw: Internet Legal Resources <>
This well-organized resource, which deals with all aspects of law, can be searched by legal topic, type of resource (case, statute, regulation), or by jurisdiction. It includes general information about legal issues, categorized links to other sites, forms, news, codes and cases, a legal search engine, and message boards. The "Small Business Center" section contains helpful descriptions of the many legal issues affecting small businesses.

GPO Access <>
This wildly popular service from the Government Printing Office (GPO) "provides free electronic access to a wealth of important information products produced by the Federal Government. The information provided on this site is the official, published version and the information retrieved from GPO Access can be used without restriction, unless specifically noted. This free service is funded by the Federal Depository Library Program and has grown out of Public Law 103-40, known as the Government Printing Office Electronic Information Enhancement Act of 1993" (from the GPO Access "About" page). This is the official site for regulatory materials such as the Federal Register and Code of Federal Regulations; critical Congressional products such as the Congressional Record and Congressional Bills; judicial and administrative decisions; and business materials, such as Commerce Business Daily (CBDNet).

JURIST: The Legal Education Network <>
Provides a non-commercial forum for the sharing of legal information and ideas. Along with daily legal news, this site offers Subject Guides, edited by law professors, which are mini-portals to peer-reviewed online legal resources on subjects such as commercial and tax law. The Topical Guides section contains special guides on legal issues of current interest. A recent example is the " U.S v. Microsoft Antitrust Case" Guide, which includes links to "Rulings/Orders," "Key Filings," and other authoritative "Related Sites." Research Guide <>
This "Online Encyclopedia for Legal Researchers" is keyword and phrase searchable. A complete list of Subject Headings, richly cross-referenced, is also available. <>
Good multi-purpose place to get an exhaustive array of basic legal information on all topics. Provides uniquely helpful search tools such as the Multi Resource Legal Research pages, which permit searching of various legal resources (such as several states, or courts) simultaneously. The Q & A section provides easy-to-understand answers to basic questions covering such subjects as bankruptcy, patents and trademarks, and copyright law.

Legal Information for U.S. Business Organizations <>
A component of the Free Management Library hosted on the Web by the Management Assistance Program for Nonprofits (St. Paul, MN), this rich and efficiently concise meta-site covers such topics as Advertising and Marketing Law, Business Contracts, Employee Law, Intellectual Property, and Enterprise Law, among others.

Legal Information Institute <>
This well-designed site contains an amazing amount of helpful information. The U. S. Code, current Federal laws, and the collections of all recent opinions of the U.S. Supreme Court are provided in an easy to access manner. The "Law about..." section provides topical overviews and then links to sites offering court decisions, statutes, regulations, and other legal materials. Subjects covered include many aspects of commercial transactions, enterprise, and employment law. Also, a useful guide to drafting legal documents is available in the "Law about ..." section on "Legal Writing." <>
This general information portal was named the "Best Reference Site" by Forbes magazine in its 2000 "Best of the Web" round-up. The "Law Libraries" link provides one-stop access to many of the sites included in this bibliography.

Nolo Press <>
Provides legal information for the lay person. Nolo's Encyclopedia contains helpful information on topics such as estate planning, employment, small business, immigration, and intellectual property. Not surprisingly, frequent references are made to Nolo Press publications, but the publications are useful, and there is enough helpful information available for free to recommend checking out this site.

Pace Virtual Environmental Law Library <>
This meta-site for environmental law comes from the Center for Environmental Legal Studies of the Pace University School of Law in White Plains, NY. The major sections of the site cover International Environmental Law, National Comparative Environmental Laws, U.S. Environmental Laws, and "Research Topics."

U.S. Business Advisor <>
Created by the Small Business Administration and the National Partnership for Reinventing Government, this is a one-stop access point for information and services the government provides for the business community. Includes helpful links to government information on legal issues ranging from international trade law to workplace discrimination.

U.S. Consumer Gateway <>
Highly user-focused site provides links to government agencies that deal with consumer protection, food, health, product safety, money, and transportation. Related laws and regulations can be found.

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission <>
Contains the SEC's rules and administrative decisions, as well as the EDGAR database of corporate filings.

WashLaw Web <>
This no-frills site, produced by the Washburn University School of Law, consists of a simple alphabetical chart of commonly researched legal topics, from "small" themes (such as court rules) to "big themes" (such as city codes).

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Legal Publishers

Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) <>
Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.
1231 25th Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20037

CCH Incorporated <>
CCH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Wolters Kluwer U.S.
CCH Incorporated
2700 Lake Cook Road
Riverwoods, IL 60015
West Group <>
Since 1996, West has been a subsidiary of the Thomson Corporation. The West Group imprints include Bancroft-Whitney; Banks-Baldwin; Clark Boardman Callaghan; Foundation Press; Lawyers Cooperative Publishing; The Rutter Group; and West Publishing.
West Group
610 Opperman Dr.
St. Paul, MN 55123
LEXIS-NEXIS is a subsidiary of Reed-Elsevier, whose other legal or law-related publishing holdings currently include the Congressional Information Service, as well as the "Lexis Publishing Group"-Martindale-Hubbell, Matthew Bender, Michie, and Shepard's.
9443 Springboro Pike
Miamisburg, OH 45342
Made E-Z Products <>
Formerly known as E-Z Legal Forms.
Made E-Z Products
384 S. Military Trail
Deerfield Beach, FL 33442
Martindale-Hubbell <>
As noted above, currently part of Reed-Elsevier's "Lexis-Publishing Group."
Martindale-Hubbell Worldwide Headquarters
121 Chanlon Road
New Providence, NJ 07974
Matthew Bender <>
As noted above, currently part of Reed-Elsevier's "Lexis Publishing Group."
Matthew Bender & Co.
2 Park Ave. Fl 5-7
New York, NY 10016-5675

Nolo <>
Nolo Press
950 Parker St.
Berkeley, CA 94710-2524

Nova Publishing Company <>
Nova Publishing Company
1103 West College St.
Carbondale, IL 62901

Oceana Publications, Inc. <>
Oceana Publications, Inc.
75 Main St.
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522

RIA <>
Like the West Group, a subsidiary of the Thomson Corporation. The current RIA was formed with the joining of Research Institute of America (RIA), Computer Language Research (CLR), and Warren Gorham & Lamont (WG&L).
395 Hudson Street
New York, NY 10014

Additional Cited Publishers

AMACOM Books [American Management Association] <>
American Management Association
1601 Broadway
New York, NY 10019

Dun & Bradstreet <>
Dun & Bradstreet
One Diamond Hill Road
Murray Hill, NJ 07974-1218

Economist Intelligence Unit <>
The EIU is a component of The Economist Group.
The Economist Intelligence Unit
The Economist Building
111 West 57th St.
New York, NY 10019

Europa Publications <>
Europa Publications
11 New Fetter Lane
London EC4P 4EE

Facts on File <>
Facts On File, Inc.
11 Penn Plaza, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10001

The Gale Group <>
The Gale Group
27500 Drake Rd.
Farmington Hills, MI 48331

Journal of Commerce <>
JOC is a component of The Economist Group.
Journal of Commerce Group
The Economist Building
111 West 57th St.
New York, NY 10019

Washington Researchers <>
Washington Researchers, Ltd.
1655 North Fort Myer Drive, Suite 800
Arlington, VA 22209

World Trade Press <>
World Trade Press
1450 Grant Ave., Ste. 204
Novato, CA 94901

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BRASS 2000 Conference Program Planning Committee
Michael Oppenheim, University of California at Los Angeles, Chair
Susan Riehm Goshorn, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
Leslie Haas, University of Utah
Les Kong, California State University, San Bernadino
Luise M. Weiss, Middle Country Public Library, Centereach, New York
Eve Wider, University of Pittsburgh
Jackie Kilberg, McGraw-Hill, Inc.
Kelly Janousek, California State University, Long Beach, 2000 BRASS Chair

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BRASS Program, ALA Annual Conference, July 10, 2000

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