This guide ties in with the class assignment to examine an antitrust case or trade regulation rule in a specific industry. If you need any assistance in using these resources or if you are having difficulty in locating information, please contact the Economics and Business liaison librarian.
Before investigating the specifics of a particular case or regulation, it is important to understand the broader context, such as the industry's structure and the country's regulatory environment. The following resources provide such overview information.
Industry Profiles and Country Profiles [found in Business Source Premier]
This database includes Datamonitor's annual Industry Profiles, which summarize the competitive landscape of particular industries in specific countries. You can also read reports on each country's economic and political environment, including the OECD Economic Surveys and the Economist Intelligence Unit's Country Profiles. To access the industry reports, click Industry Profiles and then View By Industry to browse available reports by sector. To access country profiles, click Country Reports and browse by country.
Industry and Country Reports [found in ABI-INFORM]
ABI-INFORM offers reports from a number of sources. Particular highlights are the quarterly-updated U.S. industry profiles from FirstResearch, and the EIU's Country Forecast Reports. Also see the detailed Just-Series Market Research Reports if you are analyzing the apparel, food, beverage, or auto industries.
Standard and Poor's Industry Surveys [found in NetAdvantage]
These detailed profiles characterize the dynamics of a particular industry at the time they were written, including the major players, trends, financial statistics, and the regulatory framework.
Geisel Library Catalog
Books provide an excellent, in-depth foundation for your research. To find books relevant to antitrust law and regulatory policy in general, try doing a Subject search in the catalog for any of the following. Click on relevant subject headings to see a list of available books. For books specific to this country, add "-United States" to any of the headings below.
- Antitrust law
- Industrial policy
- Trade regulation
For books more specific to your industry or case, you may wish to conduct keyword searching on appropriate terms, such as airlines or Microsoft.
There are several useful books that have been placed on reserve for your convenience. You can request these at the Circulation desk and use them in the library:
The Antitrust Casebook: Milestones in Economic Regulation
Reserves KF1648 .A55 2001
Excerpts from court decisions in key antitrust cases in history, organized by the type of antitrust violation (monopoly, vertical price fixing, etc.).
The Antitrust Revolution
Reserves HD2795 .A64 2009
Detailed studies of 20 recent antitrust cases, including Bell Atlantic, Intel, and AOL Time Warner.
Industry and Firm Studies (4th ed.)
Reserves HD31 .I55 2007
Nine industry studies, including airlines, banking, soft drinks, and sports.
Industry Studies (3rd ed.)
Reserves HC106.8 .I53 2002
Studies of competition and government intervention in 14 major industries.
Structure of American Industry (12th ed.)
Reserves HC106 .S78 2009
Overview of 12 industries, including public policies pertaining to each.
You may find recent books about your industry or anti-trust case by using WorldCat, which searches the collections of libraries across the country. Try searching on the name of a company or industry, and limit the Year to the latest 5-10 years. To request a copy of a book, open the book's WorldCat record, click the "Request via Interlibrary Loan" link, and follow the on-screen instructions. Allow 7-10 days for delivery. You will be emailed when your book arrives.
There are a number of business, economic, and law journals that provide scholarly analysis of antitrust and trade regulation issues. There are also popular magazines and trade publications that will cover developments in specific antitrust cases. In the databases below, try keyword searches on terms like "antitrust" or "regulation", plus the name of your industry or the companies involved in your case. For example:
- (antitrust OR regulation) AND telecommunications
- antitrust AND Intel
If there is no link to the full text of an article you want, click on the WebBridge icon to determine whether the journal is available in the Geisel Library or in full-text via an electronic database. If the article isn't available, consider clicking on the Interlibrary Loan link to request a PDF copy of the article from another library. Within a week, you should receive an email indicating that the article is available to access.
Business Source Premier
A great place to start. One good approach is to combine Keyword searches on your industry or company with Subject searches on subject terms like "Antitrust Law", "Trade Regulation", or "Competition". Use the Publication Type limiter to the left of your search results to narrow your focus to Academic Journals, Periodicals (popular magazines), or Trade Publications (industry magazines).
Another great starting point, with full-text articles from hundreds of scholarly journals and industry periodicals. On the Results screen, click on the gray tabs to narrow your search to Scholarly Journals, Magazines, or Trade Publications. Be sure to use the drop-down box at right to switch the sort order to "Most relevant first".
Offer full-text articles from business news sources and trade press publications. In the left menu, click on News, then "Business & Industry". Adjust the Date Range as desired to focus on particular time periods. In the results screen, change the Sort to "Relevance" to move the best results to the top . You can also obtain full-text from hundreds of law reviews by clicking on US Legal / Law Reviews.
The following websites will be some of the most important resources for your research. They include government pages on trade regulation in the US and elsewhere, as well as resources for legal documents from antitrust court cases.
United States - Government Information
Code of Federal Regulations
This annual volume contains the full slate of federal regulations currently in effect for the United States, organized broadly by industry. Use the Browse feature to access the "title" (or section) corresponding to your sector (e.g., Energy, Food & Drugs), then do keyword searching within that title to locate specific regulations of interest.
Department of Justice, Antitrust Division
This agency enforces the antitrust laws by filing criminal suits or initiating civil action against businesses allegedly engaging in anti-competitive practices. Click on Public Documents to access appellate briefs filed by the Dept. of Justice, or go to Antitrust Case Filings for an alphabetical listing of cases, with links to the associated DOJ documents. You may also try using the Search Tools to locate documents relevant to your industry or trade rule.
Federal Trade Commission
This is the federal agency charged with preventing anticompetitive business practices and reviewing mergers for their potential adverse impacts on consumers. See their Advocacy Filings for staff comments and amicus briefs filed by the FTC, the Case List of antitrust cases organized by company, Working Papers, and Staff Reports. Or, try keyword searching on a company or industry in the Search box.
United States - Legal Information
Cornell Supreme Court Collection
Cornell has created this free searchable archive of Supreme Court decisions and opinions. The archive has solid coverage back to 1990 and selected "historic" decisions for previous years.
Use the search tool to locate Supreme Court documents (including opinions, orders, and memos) from cases involving your company as a litigant. The searchable archive consists primarily of cases from the past 5-10 years; for earlier cases, check the other web resources in this section.
Westlaw Campus Research
This is the most powerful database for searching legal documents from federal and state courts. Use the Find box at the upper left if you know the case citation or litigant names. Otherwise, try using the KeySearch tool, which helpfully organizes cases into topical folders. Click on the Antitrust and Trade Regulation topic, then either click on Search All of Antitrust and Trade Regulation or drill down into the narrower subtopic folders. Finally, choose whether you want federal or state cases, add keywords, and press the Search button. You will be able to read the full-text of relevant opinions, including handy cross-reference links to other cases cited by the judges.
European Case Law
This search form enables you to find documents produced by the major courts in the EU, including the Court of Justice and the Court of First Instance. Opinions, orders, and summaries for specific cases can be found by searching either the names of parties or general keywords. Select "Competition" in the Field box to narrow the search to cases pertaining to anti-competitive practices.
European Commission: Competition Directorate-General
This commission is responsible for enforcing the competition rules in the EU. Click on Antitrust to access antitrust legislation or public documents from antitrust cases since 1999. Also check under the Mergers and Cartels headings for information such as merger guidelines and cartel cases.
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission
National Competition Council
The ACCC ensures that businesses comply with competition and fair trade law, while the NCC promotes the government's competition policy. Find information such as merger guidelines, competitiveness legisltation, and reports on trade practices and competitive reforms in various sectors.
The Bureau oversees enforcement of Canada's competition law while the Tribunal adjudicates on cases involving anti-competitive practices. On the Tribunal website, you can view all documents (including orders, affidavits, and responses) related to cases brought before the tribunal.
Fair Trade Commission
This website hosts a wealth of information in English, including trade legislation and guidelines, merger procedures, and study group reports on the efficacy of competition policies.
General Web Resources
APEC Competition Policy and Law Database
The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) organization maintains this database of competition policies, laws, and administrative procedures in effect in its member nations. The depth of available information varies by country.
OECD Competition Page
The OECD's page on promoting competition includes links to committee reports, country surveys, and analyses of best practices in dealing with anti-competitive behavior. See the Indicators of Product Market Regulation database, or the Information by Country page to view the OECD's reports on competition law and policy in different countries.
Worldwide Antitrust Sites
This page maintained by the US Department of Justice links to the websites of competition agencies and authorities in many of the world's countries.
See the library's Citing Sources guide for resources on how to properly cite research materials. Always confirm the style required by your instructor.