Course: Business Law I

Prof. Varnel Antoine

Authority of Law

This guide is designed to help you research court cases. It includes an index of scholarly sources that should be used. Included in the list are websites and search engines that will be helpful in your research. If you have any trouble finding these sources, please ask a librarian for help. Good Luck! Any comments or suggestions are welcome!


Find a court case and prepare a brief of it with the format below, excerpted from a textbook, Fundamentals of Business Law, 8th ed. by R. L. Miller and G. A. Jentz, 2007, p. A-1.
  • Citation. (case name, date of decision, court name)
  • Facts. (reasons for lawsuit, identity and arguments of the plaintiff(s) and defendant(s), lower court's decision
  • Issue. (concisely phrase)
  • Decision. (yes or no)
  • Reason. (summarization)



The on-line catalog provides access to the Library's collection of approximately 40,000 books, periodicals and audio-visual titles. These resources may be used to find information for assignments or general interest.
Tutorial for searching catalog and ordering books from Metro Boston Library Network (includes Boston Public Library)

Good Search Terms to use: words or phrase

  • commercial law
  • business law

Reference Books Online

Credo Reference Database

Through the Credo Reference database, RCC students can gain access to any of a possible 2,977,685 entries, from 284 titles and 57 publishers. Selected titles for this course are:

Collins Dictionary of Law

Dictionary of Conflict Resolution

Dictionary of Law

Merriam-Webster's dictionary of Law

Great American Court Cases


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's first floor periodicals section for articles about [insert topic]
  • Business Week
  • Time Magazine


Access to millions of journal, magazine, newspaper and reference source articles through our research databases.

Academic Search Premier

Provides full text for more than 3,800 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including over (21,000 article mentioning "human rights", 3,200 articles mentioning genocide, 2,700 mentioning torture and 900 using "human rights" and war.)

Academic OneFile

Academic OneFile is the premier source for peer-reviewed, full-text articles from the world's leading journals and reference sources. With extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects, Academic OneFile is both authoritative and comprehensive. With millions of articles available in both PDF and HTML full-text with no restrictions, researchers are able to find accurate information quickly

Campus Research

Providing court cases and precedences used by the court to decide the cases. The Campus Research also provides a reference source, Black's Law Dictionary, 8th ed.

Black's Law Dictionary

Web sites

There are many good Business Law web sites on the internet. These web sites have been evaluated by library staff. Remember to always evaluate internet resources. To find out more about evaluating web sites, Lesley University has a very good guide.

Search Engines

Web sites



Copyright Law prepared by MIT Lecture

Citing Sources: Style Guides

APA Style Tutorial
Duke Library Guide to Assembling a List of Works Cited
Laguardia Community College Library MLA and APA citation style
The Owl at Purdue: APA Formatting and Style Guide
The Owl at Purdue: MLA 2009 Formatting and Style Guide

Basic Research Help

Please click the Ask a Librarian icon if you have any questions concerning these guides, need help finding material for your research or any general questions you might have.

General Library Information

Research guide prepared on 10-15-09 by Ted Intarabumrung,
Updated by William Hoag on 10/4/11