This page includes information about how to research communications and entertainment law. It includes print resources available in the Hastings Law Library, Lexis & Westlaw online resources, and key Internet links.
There are several good publications and websites that provide current awareness information about evolving legal issues of interest to communications and entertainment lawyers.
The Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) publishes a number of reporters that contain good current awareness information on communications and entertainment law. The library has print subscriptions to many of these publications. Currently, we also have a trial online subscription to the BNA titles listed below. Go to BNA Online and enter the user name and password you were given at the meeting. The easiest way to access the publications below is to use the pull-down menu at the top of the BNA page.
Both LexisNexis and Westlaw have topical information available. Because of the variety of legal issues that can be covered in communications and entertainment law, the information is in a number of different locations:
Westlaw has a communications library for legal newspapers, newsletters and current awareness materials, including Westlaw Journal Telecommunications Industry (WJTEL); E-Commerce Law Report (GLECOMLR); Broadcasting and Cable (BCSTCBLE); Internet Connection (GLINTCON); and Privacy & Information Law Report (GLPRINLR).
Westlaw has an intellectual property database with current awareness materials, including Andrews E-Business Law Bulletin (ANEBUSLB); .
Online Subscription. The Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) publishes US Law Week. Hastings has an online subscription to US Law Week. Useful sections include "BNA Insights", "Hot Topics", and "Supreme Court Today: Preview & Review". To find possible Note topics use the search box and search for "circuit splits".
The websites of various law libraries, organizations and law firms have current awareness materials:
Hastings has created an easy-to-use seven-step online guide to doing a preemption check. This page was created by the library to assist journal members in selecting article topics. It is set-up to allow you to quickly check various online research tools to make sure that an article has not already been researched and published about your selected topic. Follow the seven preemption check steps below before you start writing your article.
Last updated April 9, 2013