Web Resources of the Month - 2005

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 email to the faculty. We are repeating the information here as a “running archive” of this information. The list below lists the nonacademic sites. (This archived list is no longer kept current.)

BNA Products
via http://subscript.bna.com/pic2/lsll.nsf/id/DTRS-5KCML2?OpenDocument
As many of you already know, the Library has a subscription to U.S. Law Week from BNA. But we get so much more from BNA as well. From our Research Databases page at http://www.hofstra.edu/libraries/lawlib/law_lib_electronic.cfm, you will see we have a subscription to many titles through the BNA Core Package program. Currently, we have access to Antitrust and Trade Regulation Report, Criminal Law Reporter, Family Law Reporter — Current Reports, Labor Relations Reporter/Labor & Employment Law Library, Securities Regulation & Law Report and, of course, U.S. Law Week. Just click and search from within the Law School. From home you will need a password. Please contact your liaison or the Reference Desk for it. [March 2005]
Journal Finder
via http://www.hofstra.edu/Libraries/Axinn/axinn_ss.cfm
Available through Axinn’s Web page, Journal Finder is a great resource to determine whether Axinn subscribes to a particular journal online and in full text. For example, by typing in Atlantic Monthly in the Journal Database Search box, I learn that Axinn subscribes to The Atlantic Monthly online through its Academic Search Premier service. By following the links I can access the PDF version of the latest issue (April 2005 at this writing). Please remember to also check the Law Library’s Research Databases page at http://www.hofstra.edu/libraries/lawlib/law_lib_electronic.cfm for legal journals (at HeinOnline) and other materials available online. [April/May 2005]
BNA’s Corporate Practice Library
via http://corplaw.bna.com/
The Library has just subscribed to the online version of BNA’s Corporate Practice Library. Similar to the Tax Management Portfolios, the Corporate Practice Library consists of approximately 70 titles, each of which focuses in depth on a particular corporate issue. The subject areas include antitrust and trade regulation, corporate and securities, corporate political activity, forms of business, intellectual property, environment and labor and employment. A few examples of the many different titles available are: Franchising: Regulation of Buying and Selling a Franchise, Choice of Entity: Legal Considerations of Selection, The Takeover Law of Delaware, The New York Corporation: Legal Aspects of Organization and Operation and Regulation of Corporate Political Activity.

You can access the Corporate Practice Library directly on campus by going to http://corplaw.bna.com/. To access the Corporate Practice Library from home, please see a Reference Librarian (516-463-5908) for password information. [September 2005]
Access UN
via http://infoweb.newsbank.com/
From within the Law School, we have access to this database of UN documents. Documents are collected from the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council, Trusteeship Council, Secretariat and the International Court of Justice. While the full text of the documents are generally available only from the past 25 years or so, it does include a retrospective index from 1956 forward. [October 2005]
Hein Online
via http://www.hofstra.edu/libraries/lawlib/law_lib_electronic.cfm
Hein initially developed this database as an electronic resource for pre-1980 law review articles. But it just keeps adding more resources. Hein now calls this database “The Modern Link to Legal History.” Some collections available: Most-Cited Law Journals, American Bar Association Journals, Legal Classics, U.S. Attorney General Opinions, and U.S. Supreme Court Library. The depth and scope of each collection varies, but several are comprehensive. Search functionality is not the best, so I suggest knowing the citation or title of the document. All documents are PDFs. [November 2005]
First Monday
via http://www.firstmonday.org/
First Monday is a peer-reviewed journal on the Internet about the Internet. Many of its articles also deal with education. A recent article that I thought would be of interest is “Professor’s online: The Internet’s impact on college faculty” by Steve Jones and Camille Johnson-Yale. http://www.firstmonday.org/issues/issue10_9/jones/index.html. [December 2005]

Fédération Internationale de Football Association
Otherwise known as FIFA, this is the “umbrella” organization of world football, or as it is called in the U.S., soccer. Use this starting page to learn about the sport, and keep up-to-date on news for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. Qualifying is going on now and action is heating up, so there are lots of good international matches to follow. [March 2005]
This is really not so much a website as a Web-browsing software alternative to Internet Explorer. It is much less prone to crashing, has an effective pop-up blocker, protects against spyware (files planted on your computer which may gather your information for advertising) and some other nifty features. One is tabbed browsing, which allows you to have several websites open simultaneously in one window. It also has a very useful find function, for searching for terms within a particular Web page, as well as a built-in Web search tool, so that you can search Google, Yahoo or a number of other Web search engines without having to go to the Web search engine’s Web page. It is free (and I am not paid to promote it). [April/May 2005]
Way Back Machine (aka Internet Archive)
With more and more citations to websites, inevitably, you will encounter sites that no longer exist. This seems especially prevalent with citations to news items. One way to see that now-extinct website is through the Way Back Machine. (Yes, Rocky and Bullwinkle fans, named for the source of the adventures of Mr. Peabody and his boy, Sherman). Just type in the Web address in the Way Back Machine box, and if available, you will get links to whatever older versions have been indexed. While this site does not index everything, this has worked amazingly well for me. [September 2005]
The Darwin Awards
I think the site itself says it best: “We salute the improvement of the human genome by honoring those who remove themselves from it in really stupid ways.” [October 2005]
Cooking for Engineers
The site has not only recipes, but information on kitchen implements, cooking tests, etc. [November 2005]
Concurring Opinions
Concurring Opinions is a fascinating blog, written by four law professors, with various guest writers also chiming in. It claims to be about the law, the universe and everything. It is very interesting and different from the typical law blog. [December 2005]