Web Resources of the Month - 2007

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.)

Law Library Online Resources Subject List
via http://law.hofstra.edu/library/Research/libres_online.cfm
To improve access and awareness of the wealth of online resources available, the Reference Librarians have developed a subject list which combines into a single subject listing our subscription databases and the best free research websites. For example, you will find detailed listings of the BNA databases (Corporate Practice Library, Computer Technology Law Report, U.S. Law Week, etc...), as well as useful free websites, such as the Legal Information Institute and GPO Access. You can use the Online Resources Subject List to discover what online resources may be available in a particular subject area. In addition, point your mouse to a resource name to see a description of what the resource contains. An alphabetical listing, so that you can find your favorite sites quickly, is forthcoming. [February 2007]
Academic: The American Presidency Project
via http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/index.php
The American Presidency Project is the only online resource that has consolidated, coded, and organized into a single searchable database: The Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Washington - Taft (1789-1913); The Public Papers of the Presidents: Hoover to Bush (1929-1993); The Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents: Clinton - G.W. Bush (1993-2007)
Also includes Presidential Elections Data from 1828 to 2004, an audio/video archive and more. 3 search options are available or you can just browse. This is a great site for Presidential research. [March 2007]
Open CRS: Congressional Research Reports for the People
via http://www.opencrs.com/
The Congressional Research Service, a unit of the Library of Congress, provides authoritative, objective and nonpartisan information and analysis on a wide range of public policy topics to individual members of Congress and to Congressional committees. CRS reports are excellent resources for all researchers and for the general public. However, CRS reports don't enter the public domain until released by a member of Congress, often not until individual citizens request them. Open CRS, a free searchable database of collected CRS reports, provides easy access to large institutional collections of these reports, and to a growing collection of released reports added directly to its own database in PDF format. The most recent available reports are featured on its home page. [December 2007]

Virtual Library Cat's Eye View
This is the Law Library's blog, designed as a light-hearted way to present the students with information about the Library, research tips and some interesting and unusual web resources. Please come visit and post your comments. [February 2007]
Introducing the book
This is a youtube clip called "Introducing the book". [March 2007]
Charity Navigator
It's the time of year when many of us reach out to give to our favorite charities and causes, and are solicited by organizations hoping for a donation. If you want to be sure that your contribution will be well used and allocated primarily to those needing your support, check out Charity Navigator, an independent nonprofit evaluator of America's largest charities. This site is user friendly and provides a wealth of information, including objective analysis and financial health and efficiency ratings of over 5,000 charities classified into groups such as animals, environment, human services, international, education, and religion. The site also features listings such as "4-star charities" with high ratings and "10 inefficient fundraisers" as well as tips and best practices for smart giving. [December 2007]