Web Resources of the Month

Each month, the librarians of the Law Library will be highlighting a particular website or resource that we think might be of interest in an e-mail to the faculty. We are repeating the information here as a “running archive” of this information. The list below lists the non-academic sites.

Adam Smith, Esq.
via http://www.adamsmithesq.com/category/articles/

Adam Smith, Esq. provides insights on the business of large, sophisticated law firms. Since the site’s launch in late 2003, nearly 1,500 articles have appeared on “Adam Smith, Esq.” covering such topics as strategy, leadership, globalization, M&A, finance, compensation, cultural considerations and partnership structures. Bruce MacEwan — president — is a sought-after speaker and frequently appears at law firm retreats and legal industry conferences domestically and overseas. You may be familiar with his 2013 book Growth Is Dead: Now What? outlining the consequences for the legal industry of the great financial reset of 2008. Blog posts on law schools are part of the analysis of the cultural impact and fallout of the long recession. [January 2014]

The Legal Whiteboard
via http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legalwhiteboard/

The Legal Whiteboard is a blog that focuses on the empirical analysis of the legal profession and legal education. There are several editors of this blog, but the primary is William D. Henderson, professor of law and Val Nolan Faculty Fellow Director of the Center on the Global Legal Profession at Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington. [January 2014]

Congress.gov
via http://beta.congress.gov/

The free legislative information website Congress.gov will be replacing Thomas.gov in the near future. The site is currently in beta but will be the permanent place for federal legislative information from the U.S. Congress and related agencies. The new site is designed for platform mobility and user-friendly presentation, and will provide expanded collections of the Congressional Record, committee reports, legislative process videos, committee profile pages and more. [February 2014]

Library Webcasts
via https://law.hofstra.edu/Academics/library/research/webcasts/index.html

The librarians have recorded a growing collection of video tutorials in various areas of research. Similar to the many YouTube videos you can find showing you how to do just about anything, these research guides show the process of online research using various databases and websites. Subjects range from basic techniques to specialized research videos we have recorded in some of your classes — with topics ranging from Municipal Law to International Environmental Law. Check out our list. [March 2014]

Whistleblower Insider
via http://www.whistleblower-insider.com/blog/

Whistleblower law and the litigation that results from whistleblower disclosures — in banking, health care, securities, consumer fraud, government or other areas — is the expert focus of Whistleblower Insider. A blog created by the law firm of Constantine Canon LLP, Whistleblower Insider is one of the best ways to keep up with breaking developments and issues. In addition to topical posts written by specialist attorneys at the firm, it features links to selected news items from respected sources and to relevant statutes and agency websites. An excellent way to stay current with whistleblower-related law is to sign up for email alerts as a free subscriber. [April 2014]

HeinOnline’s Women and the Law (Peggy)
via http://home.heinonline.org/content/list-of-libraries/?c=208&sn=peggy

HeinOnline’s new library, Peggy, contains almost 500,000 pages of books, biographies and periodicals on women and the law. “This unique collection of materials provides a platform to research the progression of women’s roles and rights in society over the past 200 years.” Read more. [May 2014]

Digital Public Library
via http://dp.la/

The Digital Public Library of America has over 2.5 million items from libraries, archives and museums. The site provides ways to search and scan through the entire collection by timeline, map, virtual bookshelfformat, subject and partner. [June 2014]

FDsys Tutorials
via http://www.gpo.gov/fdsysinfo/instructional_video.htm

FDsys, an acronym for the Federal Digital System (more information), offers free online access to official publications from all three branches of the federal government. The first link above leads to several excellent video tutorials that will introduce you to using the system to retrieve government information quickly and efficiently. [July 2014]



Astronomy Picture of the Day
Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer. View the APOD’s calendar. [January 2014]

Boomerang for Gmail
Boomerang allows you to write an email now and schedule it to be sent automatically at a later time. It also provides reminders for follow-up, tracking features and a calendar feature. Boomerang also works with Outlook for a small fee. [February 2014]

Google Advanced Technique
This is more of a technique than a website. To search a particular website or part of a website, Google provides an advanced search technique. Simply append the Web address you want to search after site: and then add your search terms. For example, to search the archives of these Web resources emails for “video”, do the following search site:http://law.hofstra.edu/academics/library/faculty/monthly video (emphasis added). This will come in very handy when a website does not provide a search box or you want to search just a subset of Web pages on a particular site. For more Google tips, check out our Googlerific webcast (listed as Library Workshop — #279 in the iTunes list) and website at https://sites.google.com/site/researchlifelineallthings/home. [March 2014]

Dialect Survey Maps
Exploring regional dialects of American English — and where we fit in — can be fascinating and fun. This site, created by Joshua Katz as a graduate student in the Department of Statistics at North Carolina State University, draws upon Harvard Dialect Survey data to create vocabulary/pronunciation maps for each of the survey’s 122 questions, and “Aggregate Dialect Difference” maps for specific cities in the United States. For more fun, use the direct link on the site’s home page to connect to a 25-question dialect quiz using mainly Harvard Dialect Survey questions, but with maps based on a new dialect survey conducted in 2013 by Joshua Katz (now a graphics editor at The New York Times) and published in the Times last December. Complete the quiz to see your personal dialect map. [April 2014]

Search Engine Showdown
Searchengineshowdown.com is everything you ever wanted to know about the inner workings of search engines, with a practical approach and useful comparisons. “Search Engine Showdown, the users’ guide to Web searching, compares and evaluates Internet search engines from the searcher’s perspective” Read more. [May 2014]

Google Web History
It probably comes as no surprise that Google keeps a record of your searches. You can look at your search history and search trends at Google Web History. Google Web History saves information about your searches along with details about your browser including:

  • Searches on Google from both browsers and apps, including where the search originated
  • Results that are returned, including results from on-device data and private results from Google products like Google+, Gmail and Google Calendar
  • Your activity with search results, including results that you click
  • Ads you respond to by clicking the ad itself or completing a transaction on the advertiser’s site
  • Your IP address
  • Your browser type and language
  • Your searches and other activity on Google Maps, including maps around the Web

When you create a Google Account, Google Web History is automatically turned on. The feature allows you to save, edit or delete your search history. [June 2014]

How to Identify That Light in the Sky
Are you planning to do some star-gazing this summer and wondering how to identify the different lights in the night sky? See this humorous but handy flow chart to help you to distinguish stars from other nocturnal heavenly objects. [July 2014]