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Choosing a Research Topic
If you haven't decided on a research topic, take a look at some of the resources listed below. You can either read through the headlines of three major insurance publications or check out the brief industry issues overviews provided by the American Insurance Association.
American Insurance Association
Provides a brief overview of industry issues related to property - casualty insurance. Other research related items are restricted to members.
Provides coverage of marketing, legislative and financial trends, while commenting on developments of industry-wide significance.
Total news coverage of loss prevention, risk financing and benefit management for business executives in the insurance field.
National Underwiter - Property/Casualty
Publishes articles, special reports, interviews, business profiles, product news, legislation, risk management and financial news of note focusing on property and casualty, risk and benefits management.
Locaing Journal Articles
Once you have decided on a research topic, brainstorm some keywords that describe the information youwant to find. Then use those terms to search for journal articles in one of the sources listed below. Each of the following databases provides full text access to hundreds of scholarly business journals, newspapers, and trade publications.
Business Source Complete
Business Source Complete is a scholarly business database that provides full-text access to many peer-reviewed business related journals, including disciplines such as marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics. Direct Opt Out Link
Use the Google interface to search for scholarly articles and books.
Locating Industry Reports & Statistics
In addition to journal articles, you may want to identify industry reports and statistics provided by industry related associations, think tanks, and research firms. Listed below are some that provide reports and statistics on property & casualty/liability insurance.
Guy Carpenter & Co
This risk and reinsurance advisory company provides modelling services through its Instrat unit and publishes bulletins, reports, and briefings on pertinant issues in risk and reinsurance. Research reports are available on the company website under "Our Insights" and press releases available on the site may provide brief statistical data on current events.
In addition to offering reinsurance products and services, Swiss Re provides analysis and research on a number of insurance related areas. Look under the link to Research and Publications for access to research published by Swiss Re.
Locating Legal Information
The sources listed below will help you locate congressional legislation and significant legal cases related to your research topic. Law Reviews are a great place to start legal research because the authors usually takes a stance on a particular legal issue and cites legal cases to support his/her point of view.
Thomas (Library of Congress)
Includes a searchable database with Bill Text and Summary; floor votes; public laws; and the Congressional Record.
Two publications are available through the same database. CQ Researcher provides reports on hot political issues. CQ Weekly provides commentaries and articles on issues addressed by Congress.