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Law & Public Records

Websites Books Databases Catalog


The websites listed are not the only websites available for law and public record information. For a complete list of websites recommended by the business librarian, please refer to the master list found in the Law and Public Records Recommended Websites section of our business and public management webpages. provides legal and regulatory information for America’s small businesses. The sections of this site are devoted to getting legal help, news, laws and regulations on the federal and state levels, and contacting congress. Other tools on this site include forms, a legal dictionary, business "wizards" to help entrepreneurs understand and use the information provided.

Code of Federal Regulations
The Code of Federal Regulations database's features include a browse and search function, the ability to retrieve by CFR citation, search tips, instructions on how to link to CFR documents, and general information about the CFR.

FindLaw for Small Business

FindLaw presents articles and guides on starting a business, business organizations, business finance, taxes and accounting, debt and bankruptcy, small business legal concerns, employer rights, employee rights, immigration, worker compensation, business operations, intellectual property, and dissolution. There is also a search feature for finding a lawyer, business contracts, a legal dictionary, and cases and codes.

Public Record Finder
The Public Record Finder is a site that indexes sites for Birth, Marriage and Death Records, Business Licenses, Court Records, Property Records, Recorded Documents and more. You begin by selecting a state which is appropriate for the records you are researching. You may be required to pay a fee to retrieve some information.

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The following list of titles may be found in the Business Reference Department of the Spencer Road Branch Library. To locate other print resources on law and public records, please search the library's catalog.

Sourcebook To Public Record Information: The Comprehensive Guide To County, State & Federal Public Records Sources
BR 353.0071 Sourcebook
This book details where public records are housed and how people can access them. 20,000 government entities are viewed in this publication.

Revised Statutes of the State of Missouri
R 345.12 Missouri

West's Encyclopedia of American Law
R 348.7303 West's
This ten volume set of books provides overviews of all aspects of law in the United States.

Black's Law Dictionary
R 340.03 Black
Defines legal terms in layman's language.

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The library district subscribes to several online databases that may help you with your research. Those with a "Remote Access" button can be used from your home computer with a valid library card.

Following the link to the electronic databases will take you out of the Business & Public Management web pages and into the main library pages.

For information regarding law and public records, you may want to try St. Charles County's Property Assessment Database.

These are not the only databases available to assist you, please check out the entire list of databases to see if there is something that better meets your needs.

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When searching the catalog for books on law or public records you may want to do a subject or title keyword search using the one or more of the following terms:

labor law
patent law
public records
business law
small business law

Click here to begin searching the library's catalog.
Following the link to the library's catalog will take you out of the Business & Public Management web pages and into the main library pages.

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