Web Resources of the Month - 2006

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.)

The Making of Modern Law
via http://infotrac.galegroup.com/menu

“The Making of Modern Law: Legal Treatises 1800-1926” is a landmark research database recently purchased by the Law Library. It provides digital images on every page of 22,000 legal treatises on U.S. and British law published from 1800 through 1926, as well as some speeches and essays from this formative period. [January 2006]

The Public Opinion Location Library
via Lexis

The Public Opinion Poll, available via Lexis (FILE-NAME: RPOLL) is the most comprehensive full-text collection of public opinion in the United States, dating back to 1935. It covers the full spectrum of public interest, including politics and government, public institutions, international relations, business, social affairs and consumer behavior and preferences. The file includes actual data from a wide variety of sources in opinion polling, such as Gallup, Harris, Roper; ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC; Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, USA Today and The Wall Street Journal. The file is maintained by the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research, a nonprofit education and research organization in the field of public opinion and public policy. Use of the SEGMENTS feature allows for easy fine tuning of results. [February 2006]

JSTOR
via http://www.hofstra.edu/Libraries/Axinn/axinn_db.cfm?type=alpha#J

An ideal resource for interdisciplinary legal scholarship, the JSTOR database includes journal articles in such areas as economics, finance, history, political science, sociology and philosophy. The database contains the full text of the articles from 340 scholarly paper journals; most begin with the first volume. Articles appear as PDFs. Note, however, that JSTOR’s coverage excludes articles from the most recent three to five years. [March 2006]

A Taxonomy of Legal Blogs
via http://3lepiphany.typepad.com/3l_epiphany/2006/03/a_taxonomy_of_l.html

This taxonomy, compiled by a third-year law student, is an excellent directory of law related blogs, including a listing of law professor blogs. A recent posting also provides a listing of cases citing legal blogs. [April 2006]

Prawfsblawg
via http://prawfsblawg.blogs.com/prawfsblawg/

Their tag line is, “Where Intellectual Honesty Has (Almost Always) Trumped Partisanship Since 2005.” Most of the comments deal specifically with legal issues, although posters do branch out to other topics. And a little plug to some of our faculty who have contributed or are contributing to the blog: Matt Bodie and Julian Ku. [May 2006]

EH.Net
via http://eh.net/

Launched in 1996 as a wide-ranging Internet resource for economists, economic historians, related social scientists and the general public, EH.Net is owned by the Economic History Association and hosted by Wake Forest University and Miami University (Ohio). Its faculty editors have brought together the EH.Net Encyclopedia of Economic and Business History, bibliographies, book reviews, links to top articles in the field and related websites, course syllabi, an economic historian directory, research abstracts and an “Ask the Professor” service. But the most popular and intriguing feature of this site is the “How Much is That?” service. Researchers and the public can quickly retrieve the historical value of current prices, historical interest rates and wage rates, GDP statistics, and exchange rates in America and Britain, tracing changes over time and comparing specific years from the late 18th century to 2005, with some data from the Middle Ages. [November 2006]

NationMaster.com
via http://www.nationmaster.com/

Gathering statistics from a variety of sources and presenting them in an easy-to-use and interesting graphical format is the purpose behind NationMaster.com. Self-described as “a massive central data source,” this site brings together information found in a wide range of authoritative sources, including the Central Intelligence Agency World Fact Book and various United Nations reports and surveys. This site allows users to build charts (in a variety of formats) that measure and compare countries on a wide range of information, everything from “Most Taxed” to “Cotton Production.” Sources for all facts and figures are cited, which is much appreciated by us research types! [December 2006]



Refdesk.com

This site was chosen by Time magazine as one of the 50 Coolest websites in 2004, and no wonder. Refdesk.com is all things reference, offering well-indexed quality, credible and timely reference resources that are free and family-friendly. [January 2006]

Bartleby.com

Bartleby.com offers a stunning collection of literary and reference works, encompassing everything from quotation compendiums to poetry and short stories. It’s divided into four main sections — Reference, Verse, Fiction and Nonfiction. The reference collection is one of the best to be found. Bartleby.com has an extremely clear search interface. By means of drop-down menus you can choose whether to search the whole site, each of the four major categories or each of the individual works. Extensive, elegant, easy to use and extremely authoritative. This ones a keeper! [February 2006]

Handy Latin Phrases

Anglo-American law reverberates with momentous Latin phrases. Those who have always wanted to know the Latin equivalents of useful, everyday phrases, however, such as “It was that way when I got here,” or “You have a big piece of spinach in your front teeth,” need to look no further than the “Handy Latin Phrases” website. There are even suggestions for creating vanity license plates in Latin. [March 2006]

PBS; NPR

Whether you are a news/politics addict and need your fix of Shields and Brooks, still trying to make sense of string theory or know someone who needs homework help, these public broadcasting sites are sources for a wealth of information on a wide range of topics. For those on the move, they provide podcasts for some of their programs as well as video clips. In addition to resources on their programming, they provide links to substantive information on topics ranging from Brian Greene’s explanation of string theory from his book Elegant Universe and the latest Pulitzer Prize winners to how to prepare a proper “cuppa” tea (British style). [April 2006]

FIFA World Cup

Last year you may have followed the runup to qualifying. Well, starting June 9, the World Cup kicks off. Follow you favorite team(s) through the final on July 9. [May 2006]

History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course on the Web

This is an outstanding American history portal with primary documents and links to more than 1,000 websites that can be fun as well as educational. Whether you are looking for an interesting legal, social or cultural history research topic, or are a history buff wanting to explore a new or favorite subject on the Web, this site’s “wwwhistory” page is the place to start. Browse or search the annotated website links by topic, time period or keyword, including sections on legal history and many law-related cultural topics. This award-winning gateway to historical sources was developed by the American Social History Project/Center for Media & Learning, City University of New York, and the Center for History and New Media, George Mason University. [November 2006]

Price-Comparison Websites

Holiday (read: online) shopping season is upon us. Why waste time going from retailer to retailer in search of the best price? Instead, turn to price-comparison sites, which are also known as aggregators. On any of the sites listed below you can type in what you are looking for and be returned the prices from any number of online merchants that carry the item. Save time and get the best deal! There are many to choose from, but our favorites include: www.PriceGrabber.com; www.Shopzilla.com; www.mysimon.com