Public Library Resources

Editor’s Note: Due to a technological glitch, authorship of this post is attributed to Jason Sowards.  Meg Martin is the author of this post.


Public libraries often provide access to databases that can be useful to your patrons. Here are highlights of some of the ones we suggest to our users who are searching for information that may be tangential to the law or their legal action. These are Gale resources.

  • Business and Company Resource Center – brings together company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies and periodicals.
  • Criminal Justice Collection – a collection of 150 journals covering homeland security, law enforcement, paralegal and legal work.
  • Environmental Studies and Policy – includes almost 200 journals on the subject of environmental issues from multiple viewpoints.
  • General Business File ASAP – allows the researcher to analyze company performance and activity, industry events and trends. Includes access to broker research reports, trade publications, newspapers, journals, and company directory listings.
  • Insurance and Liability Collection – provides access to articles from industry leading journals.
  • LegalTrac – use this database to find articles in all major law reviews, law journals, specialty law and bar association journals and legal newspapers. Included are articles on federal and state cases, laws and regulations, legal practice, and taxation.
  • Small Business Resource Center – learn how to start, finance or manage your small business. Resources include: sample business plans, how-to guides, articles and websites.

Consider the potential of the public library databases for filling in the gaps of your legal research.

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