Bloomberg BNA’s authoritative coverage spans a full range of legal practice areas, including tax & accounting, labor & employment, property, banking, employee benefits, health care, privacy & data security, human resources, and environment, health & safety.

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One of the databases you might not think of when looking for information technology queries is Bloomberg BNA online resources. Bloomberg BNA’s authoritative coverage spans a full range of legal practice areas, including tax & accounting, labor & employment, property, banking, employee benefits, health care, privacy & data security, human resources, and environment, health & safety.

The Search My BNA home page shows a cross-collection search tool with two sections: a publication selection check list and a search window.  You can use the publication checklist to choose the topic(s) and publication(s) you would like to search.

For this demonstration, we will be searching for information security laws. You want to pick topic areas that are likely to have information on your subject. Telecommunications & Internet seems to be the area most likely to have this topic. Selecting the check box will include all the publications within that sector; clicking on the orange arrow will open up that list of publications.

You can choose more than one subject area if you think it might be relevant. For this particular example, you may also want to select Business, Employment & Labor Law, and/or Human Resources. For now, let’s keep it simple with just Telecommunications & Internet.

In the search box, type “information security” AND laws. You can choose to limit by date, but let’s leave it open.

Click on Search, and you can see that our results are returned in various collections.  First is News and Commentary, which you can then sort by date or relevance. Bloomberg is known for being extremely current.

Portfolios combine expert analysis with news and relevant primary sources.

Analysis & Guides is where Bloomberg BNA editors explain topics related to your search topic with linked citations.

Cases and Decisions provide legal cases related to the topic. You can sort these results by the type of court.

Federal, State, and International Laws, Regulations, and Agency Documents provide information from various levels of government.

Practice Tools take the information and put it into a format you can use in a practical manner, such as a form or checklist.

By clicking on the split screen link, the results will look like a table of contents with an open document appearing to the right.

If you have any questions, please ask a librarian for help.