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Business Law Sources Overview
This research guide is to support the research needs of Business Law Faculty and students at the Ross School of Business. It includes resources available through the Kresge Library at the Ross School of Business, UM Law Library, and other data sources. If you need assistance, please contact Joel Scheuher or the Kresge Library (http://www.bus.umich.edu/kresgelibrary/contact.html).
In addition to resources available through the Ross School of Business, the UM Law Library has additional resources available to researchers. Some of these resources can only be accessed by Law School faculty and students. Other resources are accessible to researchers outside the Law School, but only by visiting the Law Library in person and using dedicated computers in the lower level. These resources are not offered remotely to off-campus, non-law school affiliated researchers. For more information, see the section below titled, "Top Business Law Resources at UM Law Library."
Top Business Law Database at Kresge Library
Full-text access to over 15,000 sources of news, business, legal, and reference information, including hundreds of U.S. and foreign newspapers, legal and business publications, wire services, broadcast media transcripts, and trade/news magazines. Here you will also find federal and state legal cases and some patent information.
HeinOnline contains a comprehensive database of law-related journals and magazines. HeinOnline also provides coverage of US Federal laws and regulations, State session laws, International laws and treaties, Congressional and Federal agency documents, and case law.
Intelligize from LexisNexis is an analytics tool that allows advanced queries on designated sections in public filings and exhibits submitted to the US Securities and Exchange Commission. There
are also comment letters written by SEC Examiners, no-action letters, and regulatory materials. Merger and acquisition deal information is also available.
Technical notes: You must create an account using your @umich email address.
CPI: Competition Policy International
Competition Policy International is an independent knowledge-sharing organization focused on antitrust law and economics. The Antitrust Chronicle, CPI’s signature publication looks a topics on competition law and public policy debates.
Cheetah from CCH (Commerce Clearing House) has news, analysis, and legislation on Federal, State, and International Tax topics. It also has the U.S. Master GAAP Guide with technical explanations of generally accepted accounting principles as documented in the Financial Accounting Standards Board’s (FASB) Accounting Standards Codification (ASC). Cheetah also organizes legal topics along several practice areas including Antitrust, Banking, Bankruptcy, Energy & Environment, Human Resources, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Product Liability & Insurance, Securities, and Transportation.
Government and Public Policy
Description: RIA Checkpoint has primary tax documents and secondary analysis related to federal, state and local taxation, estate planning, pensions and benefits, international taxation and payroll taxation. It also offers tax news, i-Tables calculator and a Form/Line finder tool.
Conference Board Research Reports
The Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board (CED) produces reports on policy issues such as regulation & the economy, health care, immigration, and tax reform. The CED also produces briefs that address critical issues, including health care, the future of work, education, technology and innovation, regulation, China and trade, infrastructure, inequality, and taxation.
Index to Legal Periodicals and Books (with Full Text)
Index to Legal Periodicals Full Text covers over 1,025 legal journals, law reviews, yearbooks, institutes, statutes, bar association publications, university publications, and government publications.
SEC Filings via EDGAR
The Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis and Retrieval database (EDGAR) is a filing system created by the Securities and Exchange commission. All public company filings such as the 10-K (annual report). 10-Q (quarterly report), 14 (proxies), and S-1 (initial registration statement - i.e. IPO) are included.
Bank Regulatory via WRDS
Bank Regulatory contains five databases for regulated depository financial institutions. These databases provide accounting data for bank holding companies, commercial banks, savings banks, and savings and loans institutions. The source of the data comes from the required regulatory forms filed for supervising purposes. Bank Regulatory is accessible through the Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS).
Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) via WRDS
ISS’ includes several key extra-financial datasets, delivering insights to help researchers examine governance risk and understand key issues or trends in the areas of board, compensation, shareholder proposals, institutional voting records and shareholder meeting results. ISS’ key delivery platform for academics is provided through Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS).
Thomson Reuters Insiders Data via WRDS
The Thomson Reuters Insider Filing Data Files are designed to capture all insider activity as reported on SEC (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission) forms 3, 4, 5, and 144. Insiders Data is accessible through the Wharton Research Data Services (WRDS).
Some Bloomberg Law content is available to Ross students through the dedicated terminals in the Kresge Library suite (K4511) and in the Tozzi center (Lower Level of Ross Building). Bloomberg Law offers access to Bloomberg News and regulatory information sources and includes information, data, and resources on securities filings, companies, the courts.
Top Business Law Resources at UM Law Library
In addition to resources available through the Ross School of Business, the UM Law Library has additional resources available to researchers. Some of these resources can only be accessed by Law School faculty and students. Other resources are accessible to researchers outside the Law School, but only by visiting the Law Library in person and using dedicated computers in the lower level. These resources are not offered remotely to off-campus, non-law school affiliated researchers.
Law.com includes full text access to American Lawyer Media's legal news and analysis. Law.com includes access to American Lawyer, the New York Law Journal, the National Law Journal, and other ALM publications. Law.com is not available remotely to non-law school researchers. It is can only be accessed by going in person to the Underground Library at the UM Law School.
Law360 is a daily legal news service covering the courts, legislation, law firms, and regulation. Law 360 is not available remotely to non-law school researchers. You can sign up to receive daily headlines of articles, but full-text of articles can only be accessed by going in person to the Underground Library at the UM Law School.
Unfortunately, UM Law Library cannot offer Westlaw access to anyone outside the Law School community. If you have a specific request that can only be fulfilled through Westlaw, email email@example.com.
The University of Michigan Law school no longer subscribes to a dedicated Bloomberg Law terminal. Some content is available through the dedicated Bloomberg terminals in the Kresge Library suite (K4511) and in the Tozzi center (Lower Level of Ross Building).
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