Starting Your Research
As in all projects, unless you are already knowledgeable about insurance law it might be best to start with introductory resources and then to consult more focused works; moving from secondary to primary resources.
Articles, books and government documents can provide you with an overview of your topic and help you think of search terms that you might not have thought of otherwise. They will also cite primary authorities such as statutes and case law. You can then use the primary sources cited in the secondary sources as a jumping off point to find other primary sources. There are two well known insurance law treatises, Couch on Insurance published by West and New Appleman's on Insurance published by Lexis. These treatises cover various aspects of insurance law and could serve as a good starting point.
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Inter Library Loan
Obtaining Books and Articles through InterLibrary Loan
If none of the Widener libraries owns the book or article you need, you may request it through InterLibrary Loan. ILLiad is the InterLibrary Loan service used by Widener. Please note that you must first register for ILLiad before you can request materials through InterLibrary Loan. To register, click on the InterLibrary Loan link listed under the "Library Services" section on the Library's homepage at: http://commonwealthlaw.widener.edu/current-students/law-library/resources/interlibrary-loan/.
Next, click on InterLibrary Loan Form, select the campus on which you are located, and click on "First Time Users." Once you have registered, fill in as much of the request form as possible. The more information you provide, the better. If you are a registered user of ILLiad, simply enter your username and password to continue.
Most photocopies will be delivered electronically. You will be notified via your Widener email account with a link to your article, which will be in pdf format.
All InterLibrary Loans, except copied articles, must be returned to the Information Desk by the due date.
If you have questions concerning your interlibrary loan request contact Diane Goltz at extension 1922 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Illiad connection only works on campus.
Reference/Government Documents Librarian
Some of the databases linked to in this Guide are subscription databases. Access is available to these databases on the Widener campus and off.
Bloomberg Law, Lexis & Westlaw. All Widener students have individual passwords to Bloomberg, Lexis & Westlaw. If you have trouble with your password please contact Ed Sonnenberg.
IntelliConnect. Before using IntelliConnect you must register for a username and password.
Other databases - When using other databases off campus you may be prompted for your name and library barcode number. The library barcode number is the 13 digit number printed on the back of your student ID.