Web Resources of the Month - 2009

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.)

The American Presidency Project
via http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/index.php
The American Presidency Project was established in 1999 as a collaboration between John Woolley and Gerhard Peters at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Its archives contain 85,391 documents related to the study of the Presidency, including the public papers of the U.S. presidents organized into a searchable database. [January 2009]
Hein Online United Nations Law Collection
via http://law.hofstra.edu/Library/index.html
This is a new library on Hein Online. The collection includes not only the United Nation Treaty Series, but the Monthly Statement of Treaties and International Agreements, United Nations Legislative Series, United Nations Juridical Yearbook, Official Records of the First, Second, and Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea with Final Act, and much more! Additional materials are to be added in future releases. Hein Online is accessed through the Law Library page under frequently used links: http://law.hofstra.edu/Library/index.html. The U.N. collection has finding aids and is searchable. It is a wealth of U.N. material in one source. [March 2009]
Financial Services Fact Book 2009
via http://www.iii.org/financial/
The "financial services industry," an umbrella term that includes banking, mortgages, insurance, securities, consumer finance, and related services, is at center stage in this wonderful resource for our challenging economic times. Actually a free online book available at the website of the Insurance Information Institute, it provides background and recent commentary on each sector of the industry, along with comparative statistics and attractive graphs and charts covering all categories of financial services for the period 2003-2007. A joint production of the Insurance Information Institute (III) and the Financial Services Roundtable (FSR), this is a well-designed, user-friendly, and reliable resource of both academic and general interest.

To keep it handy, either bookmark the website, or link from the Library catalog (search: title: Financial Services Fact Book). [April 2008]

Acronym Finder
Puzzled by the "alphabet soup" of acronyms, initialisms, and abbreviations? Then try Acronym Finder, which offers more than 600,000 human-edited definitions of such terms. [January 2009]
Dr. Grammar's Frequently Asked Questions
It provides help with grammar. When to use an apostrophe, amount or number and plurals of proper names, are examples of frequently asked writing questions. You may be happy to learn it is considered antiquated to forbid ending a sentence with a preposition. If the sentence sounds fine and makes sense, write the sentence. [March 2009]
YouTube EDU
YouTube EDU, launched in March, brings together in one collection only material (lectures, presentations, student films, university events) submitted to YouTube by colleges and universities. Now it is quick and easy to find university and law school lectures from some of the world's most prominent institutions, as well as 200 full courses. Search for "law" or a favorite legal topic, or search by the submitting university or a speaker's name. It's fast and easy to find quality lectures and presentations spanning fields from science to psychology to communications. Among the approximately 20,000 videos available at YouTube Edu are a full course in Environmental Law and Policy and Janet Dolgin's lecture, "Attitudes Toward Embryonic Stem-Cell Research," presented at Case Western University. [April 2008]