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Entertainment Law

This guide will help you navigate the research process for entertainment law.

Introduction

This guide serves as a resource for students in Professor Evans' Impact of New Technologies on Entertainment Law seminar.  Feel free to contact any of the Widener Law Commonwealth librarians for additional assistance. 

Entertainment law includes several specialty areas. Entertainment Law overlaps with intellectual property law (licensing, copyright, and trademark). Other areas that pertain to Entertainment Law include privacy, tax, contracts, defamation, labor and employment, censorship and media law.

During class, we will go over the following topics/sources:

  • Library Website
  • Library Catalog
  • Library Libguides
  • World Cat
  • Interlibrary Loan
  • A to Z List
  • Databases
    • HeinOnline
    • Legal Trac
    • Proquest
    • Ebsco Host
    • SSRN
    • CCH/Intelliconnect
    • BNA/Bloomberg Law
    • Westlaw
    • Lexis
  • General websites
  • Google
    • Advanced Search
    • Search Operators
    • Goolge Scholar
  • Overall tips/suggestions

Finding Books on Entertainment Law in the Library

Materials in the Widener University Libraries are classed according to the Library of Congress classification schedule.  When performing a subject search in the online library catalog, start by using one of the following subject headings to find materials in the Widener libraries on Entertainment Law:

  • Performing arts Law and legislation 
  • Entertainers Legal status, laws, etc. 
  • Artists' contracts 
  • Music trade Law and legislation 

You can also perform a keyword search using the same phrases or "entertainment law."  A keyword search is a broader search and you will likely receive more hits than if you performed a subject specific search.

Alternately, materials on entertainment law may also be included under the topic of Intellectual Property or Copyright or Trademarks.  Perform a keyword search in the library online catalog using “intellectual property”,  "copyright", or "trademarks" to find additional materials pertaining to entertainment law.

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Finding Books in the Library

Materials in the Widener University Libraries are classed according to the Library of Congress classification schedule.  You may perform a subject, author, or title search in the online library catalog (http://libcat.widener.edu/) to find materials in the Widener libraries.

You can also perform a keyword search.  A keyword search is a broader search and you will likely receive more hits than if you performed a subject specific search.

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:  Widener Law Commonwealth Library

Next 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.

Finding Journal Articles

To locate journal articles, perform a search in one of the databases listed below.  The following databases are listed on the library’s webpage under Library Resources.

Use the databases to search for articles on your topic.  Some databases provide full-text display of articles while others only provide citations to, or abstracts of, articles.  Some of the databases linked to in this Guide are subscription databases.  Access is available to these databases on the Widener Campus and also off campus.

Lexis & Westlaw - all Widener students have an individual Lexis & Westlaw password. If you have trouble with your password please contact Lexis or Westlaw.

Other Databases - When using other databases off campus you may be prompted for your name and library barcode number.  The library barcode number is printed on the back of your student ID.

Accessing Databases From Off Campus

Some of the databases linked to in this guide are subscription databases. Access is available to these databases on the Widener Law Commonwealth campus and off.

Lexis & Westlaw - all Widener Law Commonwealth students have an individual passwords to Lexis & Westlaw. If you have trouble with your password please contact Lexis or Westlaw.

Other databases - When using other databases off campus you may be prompted for your name/email and/or ID or library barcode number. (The library barcode number is printed on the back of your student ID.)