Social Responsibility

 ***THIS is an ARCHIVED guide. It may contain BROKEN links. Its value is HISTORICAL only.***

Current Research Guides 

Social Responsibility and Corporate Behavior Research Guide 

Spring 2007 
Washington University School of Law Library

This guide is written to assist students of Professor Crusto’s Social Responsibility and Corporate Behavior Seminar. It is intended to serve as a starting point  for your research and to facilitate your retrieval of relevant documents.  It is not intended to represent all the sources you will need to use for your research in this area. If you cannot find the information you seek, please come see me or another librarian for more assistance.

Getting Started 

Web Sites
You might find browsing through the websites on corporate social responsibility helpful to choosing a paper topic. The purpose and agenda of each of the groups varies, however, all should be helpful to finding a topic.  Some also contain reports and other research materials helpful to your research.  

Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) works to advance social responsibility, environmental sustainability and ethical accountability.

Eldis Corporate Social Research Responsibility Resource Guide,

International Chamber of Commerce,  See the Commission on Business in Society.

CorpWatch,, has a resource center and weekly online magazine. Includes an international perspective.

The Center for Corporate Policy,, is a non-profit, non-partisan public interest organization working to curb corporate abuses and make corporations publicly accountable.  Includes many links to documents.

The Corporate Library, An independent research firm.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, International group with connection to Amnesty International.

Corporate Social Research Center at  Provides links to social responsibility information on companies.

CORE Coalition (COrporate REsponsibility), Works towards the passage of new laws to make companies value people and the planet, as much as they value making a profit. Their website contains their newsletters, guides for companies and research reports.

Corporate Accountability International (formerly Infact) is a membership organization that believes limiting corporate influence in national and international policymaking is critical to strengthening democracy. Their website contains numerous reports on different industries and companies. 

Ethics Updates [ ]
It is intended to provide resources and updates on current literature, both popular and professional, that relate to ethics.  From the University of San Diego.

Books: Search Online Catalogs 

You might also find books or journals which cover your subject. The subject heading “Social Responsibility of Business” contains a number of relevant entries.  Other subject headings you may wish to search are Business ethics; Capitalism -- Moral and ethical aspects; Success in business -- Moral and ethical aspects; Industrial management -- Moral and ethical aspects; and Organizational behavior -- Moral and ethical aspects. Links to various online catalogs to use to find books or journal titles are listed below. In addition to the above subjects, you might also want to try word searches using specific words for your issues.

Catalog, Contents & Comments
Using the above subject headings, with or without added keywords, search the following databases for materials:
ALL Danforth Campus Libraries, Most of the materials found under the above subject headings will be located in the Business library and at Olin library.  Make sure you are searching the “All Danforth Campus Libraries” and not just the Law Library; otherwise your search will return few hits.
MOBIUS, A union catalog of academic libraries in Missouri--includes all libraries in the University of Missouri system and Saint Louis University. You can request that a book be delivered to the Law Library. Great source but keep in mind the due dates are short.

WorldCat (over 40 million items), Use this source last. Best for very focused searches. Use the Law Illiad   (green icon) to request materials from other libraries.

Journal Articles
Journal articles are also likely to be a great source of information. Most of the databases listed below are indexes which generally contain the most comprehensive coverage but not necessarily the full-text of the article.  Once you find an article you want, check the online catalog to see if a Danforth Campus library owns the journal. If it is in a law (related) journal, you might also check Hein Online to download/print a .PDF copy. Articles in law library recent journals are on Reserve (Circulation Desk) and older journals are bound and shelved on the 5th floor in alphabetical order.   If the title isn't held on campus, the library can obtain it via Interlibrary Loan. Just fill out the online form, and we'll do the rest.

LegalTrac, 1980 -, a database of legal newspapers and journals, including law reviews.

Index to Legal Periodicals, 1981 -, another database of law reviews.

Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals, 1985 -, Great source if you're studying the international/foreign/comparative aspects of the topic. 

JSTOR A trusted archive of important scholarly journals.  Content spans many disciplines, primarily in the humanities and social sciences.

Hein Online, searchable database containing full-text PDF copies of many law journals.

PAISInternational, 1972 -, Indexes and abstracts books, periodical articles, and government publications in the fields of public affairs and public policy.

Philosopher's Index, 1940 -, Useful for material on ethical considerations.

Academic Search Premier, 1975 -, Scholarly, multi-disciplinary database containing full text for more than 4,650 publications, including more than 3,600 peer-reviewed publications

Business and Company Resource Center 1980- present. Index.  Fully integrated resource bringing together company profiles, brand information, rankings, investment reports, company histories, chronologies and periodicals. Search this database to find detailed company and industry news and information.  

 Business Index ASAP 1980-present, Index.   Late-breaking news and event coverage on companies, industries, products and executives.

Business Source Premier (EBSCO) 1965-present & some older material. Index.  Business Source Premier is a full text business database, covering management, economics, finance, accounting, and international business.

 Business Dateline 1985-present, Index.  Business Dateline focuses on regional information vital to businesses. It provides more than 500,000 online article texts and citations from 450+ sources, including regional publications, Business Wire press releases, and major newspapers.

 Business and Industry 1994-present, Index.  The Business & Industry™ database contains facts, figures and key events for international public and private companies, industries, products, and markets for manufacturing and services.  It covers primary business information sources-from leading trade magazines, newsletters, and the general business press to international business dailies.

 Business and Management Practices 1995-present, Index.  Business and Management Practices (BaMP) offers online articles about the practical aspects of business management...real-world know-how that focuses on how organizations make and implement decisions, develop and launch new strategies, and plan for change. It includes case studies and 'how-to' articles related to management issues such as benchmarking, best practices, business plans, corporate culture, long range planning, quality control, and reengineering.

 General Business File ASAP 1985-present. Index.  Analysis of company performance and activity, industry events and trends as well as the latest in management, economics and politics. Access to a combination of broker research reports, trade publications, newspapers, journals and company directory listings with full text. 

 Factiva.  One of the premier resources produced by the publisher of The Wall Street Journal. It provides access to the full text of thousands of popular business and general publications. Also has the full text of all Dow Jones publications including The Wall Street Journal, hundreds of newspapers and also financial information on public companies.

 Plunkett Research, Plunkett Research offers business intelligence, industry trends, statistics, market research, sales leads & corporate profiles in your choice of formats and access plans.

Finding Primary Source Materials 


The official source for federal codified law is the United States Code (U.S.C.), but the commercially published United States Code Annotated (U.S.C.A.) and United States Code Service (U.S.C.S.) are often more useful for research. They are updated more frequently and include annotations. Copies of all are in the Reading Room, and USC and USCA are also on the Fifth Floor in the Federal Materials section. The annotated codes are also available full text online: the U.S.C.S. is on Lexis and the U.S.C.A. is on Westlaw (Westlaw Database: USCA).  Once you find a relevant code section, it will have links to cases, regulations, law review articles and other relevant secondary sources.  For example, if you KeyCite or Shepardize the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, 15 U.S.C. 7201 et seq., you will locate all sorts of on topic documents.

Current state statutes are available on Lexis and Westlaw. The library also has paper copies: Missouri in the Reading Room, and other states on the first floor. If you want to do a state-by-state comparison of a statutory issue, try Westlaw’s 50 State Surveys (SURVEYS) database. 

Administrative Rules and Regulations
Federal and state administrative agencies promulgate rules and regulations to carry out statutory mandates.  Notices of federal rules and regulations are first published in the Federal Register. Once a rule becomes final, it is codified into the Code of Federal Regulations. Lexis and Westlaw provide access to the CFR and the Federal Register. GPO Access, an excellent source for federal government laws and regulations, is another source.  To avoid the laborious updating with the List of Sections Affected, use CFR on Westlaw, Lexis or the E-CFR on GPO Access.

State regulations are generally available on the (free) web.  To locate any state's regulatory information on the web, use the National Association of Secretaries of State web site or the state’s homepage.

If you find one good case, you can use Westlaw’s Key Number System to find other cases assigned the same topic and key number.  You can also Shepardize and/or KeyCite the case to find other primary and secondary materials that cite your case.