Web Resources of the Month - 2003

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. (This archived list is no longer kept current.)

CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online)

This service includes materials that cannot be easily found anywhere else and makes it simpler to find authoritative documents, especially when one doesn’t know the author or title. This is the description from the site: Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO) is the most comprehensive source for theory and research in international affairs. It publishes a wide range of scholarship from 1991 onward that includes working papers from university research institutes, occasional papers series from NGOs, foundation-funded research projects, proceedings from conferences, books, journals and policy briefs. [October 2003]
Academic Search Premier
This database is best used for interdisciplinary research. It contains both indexing and links to the full text of articles published in a wide range of subject areas. You can use it to find known articles in full text or to do research to find articles on a particular subject using key words. You can access this database from the Axinn Library’s Research Databases page at http://www.hofstra.edu/Libraries/Axinn/axinn_db.cfm?type=subject. You can also access this database from home using your Novell user name and password to login. Please contact your liaison with any questions. [November 2003]
Law Library of Congress
The Law Library of Congress offers many online sources for doing legal research. Its guide to online law is a portal to a wealth of legal research sites. They have pages of links for international and multinational law; Nations of the World; U.S. federal and U.S. states and territories. It also offers a resource called GLIN, or Global Legal Information Network. This is a database of the laws and regulations of many different countries. For anyone with an interest in very old American documents, there is a section titled “A Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation,” which contains U.S. congressional documents and debates from 1774-1875. The Law Library of Congress website also provides links to other sites you may frequent, such as the ABA, AALL and THOMAS. [December 2003]

The Onion
A refreshing satirical perspective on current news. [October 2003]
And on a lighter note, with Thanksgiving just around the corner, food and wine are weighty topics. Epicurious has recipes for every occasion, guides to wine and restaurants, and links to find gadgets for every kitchen. You can even search for recipes by ingredient (like “leftover turkey”). [November 2003]
Rotten Tomatoes
With the arrival of the holiday season also comes an onslaught of movies hitting the theaters. The decision of which to see is made even harder by the fact that most quality movies are released in December to have a better chance at an Academy Award nomination. Rotten Tomatoes collects the reviews from more than a hundred critics per movie and posts them on its site. It classifies each review as favorable or unfavorable and gives each movie a “fresh” rating based on its percentage of favorable reviews. The site contains not only new movies, but older movies on DVD and video. [December 2003]