Trade Journals

Trade Journals in the United States

Trade Journals can be a key source of information about people, businesses and industries, but it can be tricky to find the right journal for your research, and even then it can be tricky to get articles from that journal. Here’s some direction on how to tackle these tasks.

Finding Trade Journals By Topic: Several publications organize trade journals by topic or industry. Leading ones include the Oxbridge Directory of Newsletters and theBacon’s directories (there are editions for magazines, newspapers, etc.).

Also very useful is the Encyclopedia of Associations, which is available as a multi-volume hard cover, on the Gale Directory Library and on Lexis (ENASSC). Although the Encyclopedia is designed to help you find associations, the entries include the name of the publications put out by the associations in each industry. The Encyclopedia is especially useful because it gives you the names and phone numbers of associations you can call to get information about their journals and copies of articles from back issues.

Getting Copies of Articles: Articles from many trade journals are available from the major database vendors. For example, Westlaw puts trade journals in its MAGSPLUS database. You can also find trade journal articles from many fields on Lexis and ProQuest Dialog.

In addition, several Internet sites let you search (generally for free) for trade journal articles and purchase (generally for cheap) articles from trade journals. These include FindArticles and IntelliSearch.

If you are looking for a particular article or articles from a particular journal, look inFulltext Sources Online, which should tell you if the journal’s articles are available on Lexis, Westlaw and/or another vendor and/or Dialog, and may give you an Internet address where the journal’s articles are posted. You can also use general search engines to see if you can find a site where the journal articles are posted (search for the name of the journal and/or the name of the association that publishes the journal).

If the databases let you down, your best bet may be to call the relevant association or journal. To get the phone number, you can use the sources listed in the “Finding Trade Journals By Topic” section of this entry, above, or you can search for a Web site or just try calling Information (i.e., 411 or 555-1212).

Another approach: Find an industry-specific library and see if they’ll help you. To find these libraries, try a directory of Special Library Association members and/or theEncyclopedia of Associations, discussed above.

See Also

Business Information
Company Information
Medical Materials
Trade Associations

Trade Journals: Open and Free Legal Research of US Law

Federal Primary Materials

The U.S. federal government system consists of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each of which creates information that can be the subject of legal research about Trade Journals. This part provides references, in relation to Trade Journals, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about Trade Journals by content types:

Laws and Regulations

US Constitution
Federal Statutory Codes and Legislation

Federal Case Law and Court Materials

U.S. Courts of Appeals
United States courts of appeals, inclouding bankruptcy courts and bankcruptcy appellate panels:

Federal Administrative Materials and Resources

Presidential Materials

Materials that emanate from the President’s lawmaking function include executive orders for officers in departments and agencies and proclamations for announcing ceremonial or commemorative policies. Presidential materials available include:

Executive Materials

Federal Legislative History Materials

Legislative history traces the legislative process of a particular bill (about Trade Journals and other subjects) for the main purpose of determining the legislators’ intent behind the enactment of a law to explain or clarify ambiguities in the language or the perceived meaning of that law (about Trade Journals or other topics), or locating the current status of a bill and monitoring its progress.

State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to Trade Journals and other topics); they are a binding source of law. In addition to promulgating regulations, state administrative boards and agencies often have judicial or quasi-judicial authority and may issue administrative decisions affecting Trade Journals. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about Trade Journals should check state agency web sites for their regulations, decisions, forms, and other information of interest.

State rules and regulations are found in codes of regulations and administrative codes (official compilation of all rules and regulations, organized by subject matter). Search here:

State opinions of the Attorney General (official written advisory opinions on issues of state law related to Trade Journals when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

Tools and Forms

Law in Other Regions

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