This guide highlights resources useful for legal issues related to small and unincorporated business entities. Please consult the Law Library’s other guides for resources on related topics. Please also see the University's list of databases of Business and Finance.

Reference Sources In Print:

Treatises and Other Books:

Some examples follow, for other publications search the GMU Library Catalog.

Popular Works:

Many titles intended for non-lawyers have forms that are useful to lawyers and law students, too. Many are published by formerly Nolo Press. They are located in the Reference Section on the First Floor, Range 112. Older editions are on the third floor and can be checked out. They often have CDs available at the Circulation Desk. Some are available electronically through the GMU Library Catalog. Examples include:

GMU Online Resources:

  • ABI-Inform Features full-text journals, dissertations, working papers, key business and economics periodicals such as the Economist, country-and industry-focused reports, and downloadable data.
  • Associations Unlimited Combines data from the Encyclopedia of Associations with IRS information about nonprofit associations, including association materials like brochures, logos, and membership applications.
  • Bloomberg Law (Law Library only) Allows you to search legal, news, and business information with one search engine. Please see a reference librarian for help accessing the database.
  • BNA Provides numerous law-related databases on topics such as workplace law, tax, accounting, commerce, and intellectual property.
  • Business Source Complete (EBSCO) Comprehensive coverage of scholarly journals for business topics such as marketing, management, human resources, MIS, POM, Accounting, Finance and Economics. Includes author profiles, Financial Data, Books, Major Reference Works, Book Digests, Conference Proceedings, Case Studies, Company Profiles, SWOT Analyses, Investment Research Reports, Industry Reports, Market Research Reports, Datamonitor, and Country Reports.
  • Doing Business This website sponsored by the International Financial Corporation and the World Bank provides information on the international business climate, including data, ratings, reports, research, and laws.
  • Factiva International business and news coverage from more than 8,000 sources including newspapers, newswires, magazines, trade journals, radio and television transcripts, and websites. Company information and data. Up to 5 years of historical market data. Photographs and pictures from Reuters and Knight Ridder.
  • Gale Directory Library Access to multiple reference sources, including Business Rankings Annual, Market Share Reporter, and Wards Business Directory.
  • Hoover's Company Records Information on more than 12 million companies, both public and private, in more than 600 industries worldwide. Also available on Lexis (below).
  • Human Resources Abstracts (EBSCO) Abstracts of articles related to human resource management, employee assistance, and organizational behavior.
  • Mergent Horizon Detailed information about companies actively traded on the NYSE, AMEX and NASDAQ.
  • Mergent Online Provides information about private and public companies, including their SEC filings and current and historical annual reports. Also provides news, industry reports, and competitive intelligence.
  • Reference USA Provides data on more than 20 million U.S. businesses.
  • Regional Business News (EBSCO) Full-text access to business journals, newspapers, and newswires covering all U.S. metropolitan and rural areas (compliments Business Source Complete database, above).
  • RIA Checkpoint Contains a substantial collection of federal and state tax materials, including legislation, IRS materials, cases, and journals.

Bloomberg, Lexis, and Westlaw (Law School Users Only):

BloombergLaw. BLaw maintains a large collection of treatises from many publishers such as ABA, Bloomberg BNA, Practicing Law Institute, and more. Browse for a relevant or known titles, such as these ABA titles: Business Torts Litigation, Negotiating Business Acquisitions, and The ABCs of the UCC.

Lexis Advance. The relevant "Practice Areas & Topics" is Business & Corporate Law. Browse or search for relevant materials. Secondary sources include: Business Organizations and Tax Planning (Matthew Bender), Business Law Monographs, Business Torts, Business Transactions LexisNexis Forms, Drafting Partnership and LLC Agreements: Tax Provisions, General Business Emerging Issues, Hoover's Company and Industry Reports, Labor & Employment Law materials.

WestlawNext. The relevant Westlaw topic is Corporations. There are many relevant secondary sources, including: Advising Small Businesses, Business Franchise Guide, Choice of Business Entity, Limited Liability Companies: Law, Practice and Forms, Partnership Law and Practice: General and Limited Partnerships, and Whitmore, Nelson, McKee, Kuller, Hallmark & Garcia: Structuring & Drafting Partnership Agreements: Including LLCs.


These and other journals are available in PDF and searchable on HeinOnline. You can also consult the Index to Legal Periodicals to search for articles.

Use the E-Journal Finder to locate journals by title or keyword in our online collections.

U.S. Government Internet Resources:

Virginia Resources:

Most Virginia materials are on the second floor in Range 228. A second copy of commonly used Virginia resources, such as Michie's Jurisprudence and the Code of Virginia, are also available on the first floor in Range 101. A few very popular resources are on Reserve. Please ask for assistance at the Circulation desk. These titles include:

For general information about Virginia Legal Resources, see our Virginia Legal Materials Research Guide.

Last edited Sept. 10, 2014.