Web Resources of the Month - 2004

Web Resources of the Month - 2004

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.)

Westlaw Brief Bank
To access this extensive collection of briefs, sign on to Westlaw. Use the database Identifier BRIEF-ALL. This database includes legal briefs from the following courts:
  • U.S. Supreme Court (1976 to present, with selected coverage back to 1871) — current to within 5 days of filing
  • U.S. Court of Appeals (selected coverage from 1976 to present) for the following circuits: Federal Circuit; Second Circuit; Third Circuit; Fourth Circuit; Fifth Circuit; Seventh Circuit; Eighth Circuit; Ninth Circuit; Eleventh Circuit; Certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court
  • State briefs for the following state courts: California Court of Appeals; California Supreme Court; Florida Supreme Court Briefs; Florida Jurisdictional Briefs; Illinois Appellate Court; Illinois Supreme Court; Pennsylvania Superior Court; Pennsylvania Supreme Court; Texas Supreme Court Briefs; New York Court of Appeals
This database presently contains some 500,000 briefs. Approximately 50,000 more are being added each month. [February 2004]
CALI Lessons
There are over 300 lessons, covering almost 30 different legal subject areas, at the Center for Computer Assisted Legal Instruction’s (CALI) website. Almost all the lessons take under 2 hours to complete, many much less than that. The lessons range from general overviews of a topic to pinpoint “lessonettes” on specific concepts. Perhaps you want to have students run through a lesson before taught, as an introduction. Or, they can be used as a review to reinforce material learned in the classroom. Lessons can either be downloaded to a Windows platform or run directly from the Web. [March 2004]
As you begin to plan and work on your summer projects, you might find HeinOnline to be especially useful. Using HeinOnline, you can access the full text of many of the most frequently cited law reviews. As a retrospective collection, HeinOnline differs from Lexis and Westlaw in that it covers the early volumes, going back to volume one, and is in PDF format, so that it looks like the original print volume. HeinOnline also provides a full text search. To access the law reviews on HeinOnline, click on the Law Journal Library link. You can also access the Federal Register, U.S. Supreme Court cases and treaties using HeinOnline. [April/May 2004]
BNA’s United States Law Week
We now have Law School-wide access to the online version of BNA’s U.S. Law Week. U.S. Law Week tracks judicial, legislative and administrative developments, including splits between the Courts of Appeals. The Supreme Court Today component contains a searchable daily update of the status of certiorari petitions filed, the full text of Supreme Court opinions, oral argument schedules, selected oral argument summaries, annual reviews of the Court’s decisions and more.

In addition, the online edition of U.S. Law Week provides a weekly e-mail update, with links to full text of opinions. If you would like to be added to the distribution list for this e-mail, contact Cindie Leigh at lawczl@hofstra.edu.

To access U.S. Law Week from home, click on a link in the weekly e-mail or go to www.bna.com. In the Subscriber Access box at top, click on the arrow and scroll down to and highlight U.S. Law Week, and click on Go. You will be asked for a username and password, which you can get by contacting the Reference Desk (516-463-5908) or your liaison. [September 2004]
New York Times Historical
The New York Times (1851-2001) offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue. The collection includes digital reproductions as PDFs, providing access to every page from every available issue. Available to us through Axinn Library, New York Times Historical is also accessible from home, using your Novell username and password. Please note, you must deselect the checked boxes, then select New York Times Historical to access the database. [September 2004]
LexisNexis Serial Set Digital Collection
We have recently subscribed to the historical full text component of the Lexis Congressional Universe product. This powerful resource allows for full-text searching and online retrieval of digital images of documents, including statistical tables, illustrations, photographs, lithographs and maps from the U.S. Congressional Serial Set.

The Serial Set is a vast historical resource that contains an ongoing collection of U.S. Government publications compiled under directives of the Congress. It traces virtually all aspects of American history, including trade and commerce, military history, geography and scientific exploration. [October 2004]
Many of you might have been familiar with Jurist: Law Professors on the Web, a site that was mostly devoted to providing a place for the sharing of legal course materials. Jurist has recently changed to Jurist: Legal News & Research. It is now a legal news and real-time legal research website.

Jurist focuses on the legal importance of news stories by concentrating on stories with substantive legal issues that have significant social and jurisprudential implications. Jurist puts particular emphasis on quickly locating and presenting primary source materials by providing the judicial decisions, legislation, testimony, reports and releases that are behind the legal news, so that readers can review and evaluate those directly. Jurist also offers commentary by law professors on a variety of topics and law school news. [November 2004]
Country Watch
Current news and political, economic, cultural and business information for 192 countries is available through Axinn Library’s Research Databases. This database contains a Country Review, Country Overview (key data & map), Political Overview, Economic Overview, Investment Overview, Social Overview and Environmental Overview for each of the 192 countries. This is a wonderful resource for country data and analysis whether you are interested in scholarly research, business or simply travel. [December 2004]

Rumor has it that this fantasy game was founded by a 1996 Hofstra Law Graduate. The Challenge is for attorneys only and follows the Supreme Court term in its entirety. Players choose the overall outcome of each case, as well as the majority/minority split, and receive points for each correct answer. The player with the most points at the end of June will be awarded the title “Fantasy Justice of the Year ”and a prize of $5,000. [February 2004] [No longer active.]
Minor League Baseball
If you want to catch a minor league baseball game, this is the place to start. I prefer looking at the geographical map which shows where the teams are located, useful if traveling. You can also look by name, affiliation and the usual stats and information. [March 2004]
Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels
For some good summer reading — or arguments — try the Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels list. [April/May 2004]
Laugh, rather than cry, at the inefficiencies and politics of bureaucracy with Dilbert, Catbert: Evil Director of Human Resources and other friends. You can even get Dilbert delivered to your e-mail every day. [September 2004]
While it may not rise to the level of “fun,” the A9 search engine is pretty cool. An Amazon subsidiary, A9 lets users run a single query and see matching information from multiple sources, including a dictionary and encyclopedia from GuruNet, Amazon’s “search the book” database of full-text book pages and Web images from Google. It lets users store and search their personal Web browsing and search histories, and save and edit bookmarks online for access from any computer. (If you are bothered by potential privacy concerns, you may use this search engine without the personalization features by going to generic.A9.com. [October 2004]
Neat New Stuff on the Web
Every Friday Marylaine Block, a highly respected librarian, posts an annotated list of approximately 10 sites she recommends for a variety of reasons. They may be sites packed with information or just for fun. The most recent 6 months selections are also browsable. [November 2004]
BBC America
Discover if and when some of classic shows are shown here in the U.S. Friday night gives us “The Avengers,” “The Saint,” and “The Persuaders,” just in case you happen to be at home on a Friday. At the shop you can purchase DVDs of “Masterpiece Theater,” “Mystery,” “Dr. Who” and much more. [December 2004]