Business research is an increasingly important skill for attorneys. Being able to research particular companies or industries is helpful in at least two contexts:
Business research can be generally divided into three categories:
Many of the resources discussed in this guide are made available to the Loyola community through LMU's Hannon Library. Follow this link for a complete list of business-related databases available through the main campus: http://linus.lmu.edu/search/v?Business.
These resources may be helpful when you encounter terms, concepts, abbreviations, etc. with which you are not familar.
Investopedia is a free online resource. It offers a dictionary of financial and investment terms, as well as guides on topics such as "stock basics," "economics basics," and "options basics."
The New Penguin Business Dictionary - Available online at the law library or at the LMU main library. An all-purpose business dictionary that: "...covers all aspects of business from accounting through marketing and organizational behaviour to human resource management."
The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics - Available online at the law library or at the LMU main library. An 8-volume encyclopedia about all aspects of economics.
Essential Concepts of Business for Lawyers, by Robert Rhee. A good primer for those without a business background. Available in hard copy in the library at HG 5636 .R48 2013.
Business Basics for Law Students, 4th ed., by Robert Hamilton. Another good introductory text for those without business backgrounds. Available in hard copy in the library at KF 889 .H238 2006.