Web Resources of the Month - 2008

Web Resources of the Month - 2008

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.)

Global Legal Monitor
via http://www.loc.gov/law/news/glm.html
Begun in 2006, the Global Legal Monitor is a PDF-based publication of the Law Library of Congress. It is intended for those who are interested in keeping abreast of legal developments world wide. Sources for the Global Legal Monitor include the Library of Congress's Global Legal Information Network database, as well as official national legal publications and press sources. [April 2008]

International Law in Domestic Courts
via http://law.hofstra.edu/Library/Research/libres_online.cfm?conf=26
This subscription database has been a previous "web favorite", but as the publisher has improved the interface and added enhancements it is worth a second appearance as "web favorite". This database is published by Oxford University Press and is intended to be a single point of reference for all international law jurisprudence. We subscribe to the Oxford Reports on the "International Courts of General Jurisdiction" and "International Law in Domestic Courts". A bonus feature is access to the "Oxford Law Citator". This can be an important research tool even if we do not have access to the full decision. [August 2008]

Legislative Histories of Selected U.S. Laws on the Internet
via http://www.llsdc.org/Leg-Hist/
This is a great place to begin finding a compiled legislative history of a federal law, whether it's located on the free website of a federal agency or library, or on a commercial database such as Lexis, Westlaw, or HeinOnline. Created by the Law Librarians' Society of Washington, D.C., this site has separate listings for the non-commercial and commercial legislative histories, arranged first by popular name of the law and then by public law number. Each listing has a link to the website or the database home page. For both faculty research and law student papers, this site can save considerable time and effort. [September 2008]

Members of the legal profession are known for their interest in language on all levels. Here, on the lighter side of language, you'll find all sorts of odd and amusing anagrams (words or phrases formed by reordering the letters of other words or phrases). There is even an anagram generator. A couple of my favorites are "Conversation: Voices Rant On", and "Debit card: Bad Credit". [April 2008]

Internal Community Blog
Gary Moore sent out the notice of this new blog for the Hofstra Law School community on August 20th, 2008. I think this blog is a good idea, so if you haven't take a look, please do. It will take a little time to figure out best usage, but from what I have read internal blogs can be very effective tools. Please see the email of that date, or contact Gary Moore for the username/password information. [August 2008]

In this 2008 Presidential Election season, the factual accuracy of what is said by the candidates in TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases is being monitored by FactCheck.org: Annenberg Political Fact Check. A self-described "consumer advocate" for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics, this nonpartisan, nonprofit site is a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania. This is a place to check out the factual accuracy of candidate statements amid all of the circulating rumors and political spin. [September 2008]