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The ALA Guide to Information Sources in Insurance, Risk Management, and Actuarial Science
Lucy Heckman
Item Number: 978-0-8389-1275-1
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $74.00
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224 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-1275-1
Year Published: 2016
AP Categories: A, C, I

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The insurance industry is among the most highly regulated industries today, and literature on the field is a complex thicket of sources. This valuable, one-of-a-kind resource is a comprehensive guide to locating and using information resources about the insurance industry. Pointing researchers, practitioners, faculty and students of business administration, law firms, and anybody interested in researching the insurance industry to the most relevant information, each chapter contains an annotated list of specific print and digital sources, plus explanations on how to make best use of sometimes-forbidding technical materials. Included are company directories, almanacs, databases, websites, legal resources, and industry-specific guides that cover

  • All major lines of insurance, including property/casualty, life, health, and reinsurance
  • Social Insurance, including Social Security, unemployment insurance, and pensions
  • The insurance policy from the standpoint of practitioners, regulators, and consumers
  • Insurance law and regulations
  • All areas of risk management including financial, technical and intellectual property
  • Actuarial science and its current applications to financial engineering
  • Archival and historical material

Including an introduction defining risk management and describing its use in the insurance industry and the field of actuarial science, this resource is a must for every reference collection.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Introductory Guides to Insurance: Consumer Information Sources, Guides, and Popular Works
Chapter 2: Textbooks: Insurance, Actuarial Science, Risk Management, and Related Topics
Chapter 3: The Insurance Industry: Almanacs, Fact Books, and Statistics; Databases; Dictionaries and Encyclopedias; Directories; Handbooks; and Associations
Chapter 4: The History of Insurance
Chapter 5: Insurance Law
Chapter 6: International Insurance
Chapter 7: Actuarial Science
Chapter 8: Risk Management
Chapter 9: Health Care Reform and Health Insurance
Chapter 10: Annuities and Life Insurance
Chapter 11: Property/Casualty Insurance, Catastrophe Insurance, and Liability Insurance
Chapter 12: Employment and Related Insurance: Disability, Employment Benefits, and Workers’ Compensation; Social Insurance and Social Security; and Employee Benefits and Retirement Plans
Chapter 13: Bank and Financial Insurance: Bank and Credit Insurance and Risk Management; Economics and Insurance; and Finance and Investment Advisory Sources
Chapter 14: Careers in Insurance and Insurance Education
Chapter 15: Miscellaneous Insurance and Related Topics

Appendix A: Abbreviations and Acronyms
Appendix B: Insurance, Risk Management, and Actuarial Associations and Agencies
Appendix C: Selected Insurance, Risk Management, and Actuarial Studies Journals
Appendix D: Insurance, Actuarial Science, and Risk Management Schools and University Departments
Appendix E: Selected Major Business and Insurance Libraries

About the Author

Lucy Heckman
has worked for St. John’s University Library in New York City since 1977 and has served as their Head of Reference since 2001. She is also the author of How to Find Business Information: A Guide for Businesspeople, Investors, and Researchers; NASDAQ: A Guide to Information Sources; Franchising in Business: A Guide to Information Sources; The New York Stock Exchange: A Guide to Information Sources; and Damascus.

”A small but detailed reference work, this paperback could function as the one insurance, risk management, and actuarial science resource for academic libraries with smaller collections or for public libraries with a strong business focus. For larger institutions, this text would provide a handy quick guide in a reference collection."

”The annotations are concise and precise … This has a wealth of good information that will guide the research to quality resources and make finding information in these fields much easier."
— Reference Reviews

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