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Corporate Law Research  

Welcome to the Corporate Law Lib Guide! Here you will find information to help you begin your Corporate Law research for many corporate law related issues. If you need further assistance please feel free to contact any Reference Librarian.
Last Updated: Jan 4, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Searching the Library Catalog

How to formulate a keyword search:

A general search for "corporate law" will bring up over 100 results in the LTC's catalog and thousands of articles from our subscription databases!  To narrow your search, begin by narrowing your topic.  For example, what kind of corporate law are you interested in? You could search for "corporate law careers" or "corporate governance" or "international corporate law." You can also narrow your search by searching for a specific type of corporate law; for example, a search for "securities regulation" brings back fewer results. 

If you need assistance formulating a search see the Legal Topics Related to Corporate Law section on this page for more search terms, or ask a reference librarian: we're here to help!


Writing an ALWR paper?

Are you writing an ALWR?

If you don't have a topic, see our guide. How to Find a Writing Topic.

If you don't know where to start your research, see our guide. How to Start Your Research.


How to Use This Guide

This guide is meant to take you from start to finish. Look at ALL THREE TABS. Information is not repeated across tabs. Each tab has different resources that you should look at. Check each one to make sure you haven’t forgotten about a great resource. 
If you need additional help, please contact the Reference Desk by phone at (904) 256-1156 or by email at  You can also meet with any of the Librarians individually.

Beginning Your Research

Where to start:

When you are unfamiliar with a legal topic, it is best to begin by familiarizing yourself with the area of law you are researching.  Legal encyclopedias are a great place to start! Not only does a legal encyclopedia give you a general understanding of a specific area of law, but it also provides the legal terminology used in that area of law, which will help you conduct more refined searches.  The following resources are located in the Reference Collection on the third floor of the Library, near the Reference Desk.  


Corpus Juris Secundum (CJS) and American Jurisprudence (Am Jur) are legal encyclopedias that give a nationwide perspective of the law on a particular legal topic.

CJS search: Corporations

Am Jur search: Corporations

Florida Jurisprudence and Georgia Jurisprudence are located in the Regional Collection on the third floor of the Library.


Florida Jurisprudence (Fla Jur) and Georgia Jurisprudence (Ga Jur) are legal encyclopedias that provide a systematic statement of the law on a particular topic in the state of Florida and Georgia respectively. Both are published by West.

Search: Corporations

Additional resources that are good for beginning your research are legal treatises.  See a sample listing of treatises by opening the Advanced Research tab of this research guide.   


Legal Topics Related To Corporate Law (Sample Search Terms)

Here is a sampling of legal topics that often arise in the corporate law setting--this list is not exhaustive.  If you know your corporate law issue might cover one of these topics as well, then you might try using these search terms along with “corporate law” to get started on your research.


Business        Franchise      Partnership              Shareholder

LLC                  Regulation    Franchisee              Management

Non Profit     Operation     Officer                     Proprietorship

Agency          Acquisition   Commercial             Employment

Merger          Director         Arbitration             Organization 


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Evaluating Resources

Have you ever found a resource and thought "can I use this?"  Well, here are a few guidelines to see if the resource you found is a quality resource. 

  • Check the date.
    • How current is it?
    • Is it possible the law or fact changed since then?
  • Check the author/corporation.
    • What are the author's affiliations?
    • Is s/he an expert in the area, or just someone who wrote one article on the subject?
    • If it's a corporation, what is the corporation's interest in the subject?
  • Check the publication itself.
    • Was the source peer-reviewed?
    • Is the source available in print from a major publisher or online through a trusted database?
  • Check for relevancy.
    • Does the source provide information relevant to your research?
    • Does the source cite other sources?

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