Web Resources of the Month - 2011

Each month, the librarians of the Law Library highlight 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 non-academic sites.

via http://0-www.justis.com.libweb.hofstra.edu/Default.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fSearch.aspx
A relative newcomer to Law Library’s subscriptions, Justis is an excellent resource for European Union legal research and U.K. legal history. The EU library is a comprehensive database of EU legal information from 1951. The U.K. and Irish law database dates from 1163 to present. The searching for both databases either basic or advanced is simple to understand and use. The site also gives FAQs, tutorials and Web demos on how to use Justis. If you are off campus, please login with your username and 700 number. [January 2011]
ACA Litigation Blog
via http://acalitigationblog.blogspot.com/
Many law faculty are interested in the constitutional, public policy and health law issues presented by the various court challenges to new health care reform law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The creation of Professor Bradley Joondeph of Santa Clara University School of Law, ACA Litigation Blog puts it all together in a way that is geared to attorneys and law professors. It continually updates the latest court developments, provides some analysis, compiles the key case documents, and maintains a case status snapshot, all on one helpful website. This is a real time-saver for following health care reform issues as they are argued and decided in the courts. [February 2011]
Practical Law Company
via http://us.practicallaw.com/about/lawstudent
Practical Law Company offers useful guides, forms, checklists and overviews for transactional attorneys. They offer free access to law students and law faculty and staff. Their products are widely used in the U.K., but they are relatively new in the U.S. [March 2011]
The Legal Workshop
via http://legalworkshop.org/
A website providing a single online forum legal scholarship from the law journals in the country. The mission of The Legal Workshop is to feature “op-ed” versions of the articles published by the member journals. New article-based content is posted every Monday and most Wednesdays and Fridays. The Legal Workshop provides a one-stop forum for readers wishing to stay abreast of contemporary legal scholarship. [April 2011]
via http://metalib.gpo.gov/V?RN=747696373
MetaLib is a service provided by the U.S. Government Publications Office. This federated search engine simultaneously searches about 53 federal government databases and provides reports, articles, and citations as well as direct links to selected resources available online. The list of federal databases is quite extensive and includes Federal Reserve reports to Congress, federal sector appellate decisions, EPA scientific publications and more. Users can conduct basic, advanced and expert searches in the government databases with the ability to restrict broad topic areas. [May 2011]
Empirical Legal Scholarship
via http://legalscholarshipblog.com/empirical-legal-resources
For those who are interested in dataset- and other statistics-based legal studies, the Empirical Legal Scholarship page of the Legal Scholarship Blog offers a rich array of links to recent articles and databases on the subject of empirical legal scholarship. [June/July 2011]
via http://www.regulations.gov/#!home
For those researching in regulated areas, this site provides the details regarding status and documents produced during promulgation not easily accessible in the past. For example, for the new required warning for cigarette packages, you can view the docket including submitted comments and submitted reports. You can also submit your own comments as well as bookmark searches to enable automatic updating. [August 2011]
Hein Online World Constitutions Illustrated
via http://0-www.heinonline.org.libweb.hofstra.edu/HOL/COWExternal?collection=cow
Hein Online World Constitutions Illustrated aims to contain the current constitution of every country in the world in its original language. For every constitutional document, researchers will find the original text, amending laws, consolidated text and important related texts. There are also links to scholarly articles, commentary and additional resources of websites related to constitutional law. Documents are available in PDF format. [September 2011]

Way Back Machine (aka Internet Archive)
This site was featured as a Web favorite in 2005. It is time to feature it again since it has grown in the past five years. It started as an archive of websites and now includes other cultural artifacts in digital form. [January 2011]
Keeping up with the latest technology trends and the best professional, home and mobile computer products for your needs is another challenge we all face these days. One of the best all around technology sites for the news, trends and tips, Mashable is a favorite of tech experts and early adopters. But you don’t have to be a technology leader to want to know about the newest apps for your mobile device and what the experts think of them, explore the most popular mobile games, synchronize Google Docs with Microsoft Office for a presentation, or just get up to speed with the basics and special features of Twitter or Facebook using Mashable’s straightforward Guide Books. This site has a lot to explore, and something for everyone. [February 2011]
ProfHacker Blog
This blog gives useful technology tips to help those expected to teach and research. It is written with humanities professors in mind, but many of the tips should be useful for law professors as well. [March 2011]
Google Alerts
A great way to monitor content on the Web. Based on your choice of query or topic, emails are sent to you when Google finds new results — such as Web pages, newspaper articles and blogs — that match your search term. [April 2011]
A great website that allows users to explore and remain updated about technology trends. It also helps users identify and shows users how to get the most out of the technological devices they may already own. CNET provides the latest news, unbiased reviews in addition to consumer reviews, access to various software downloads, mobile applications, games, how to videos and more. [May 2011]
Factbites describes itself as a cross between a search engine and an encyclopedia. According to the Search Engine Journal, “Factbites provides searchers with full sentences about their search topic, rather than the sentence fragments that most other search engines offer. Rather than focusing on link-based technology like Google, Factbites looks into the tone and subject matter of the given topic. It seeks out authoritative and informative content, preferring encyclopedia-style fact-based descriptions.” [June/July 2011]
Read It Later
This is not so much a website as a tool. How many times do you see a link to an interesting article or website but just do not have the time at that moment to read it but would like to do so at a later time? Read It Later is a browser extension (supports Firefox, Chrome, IE, Safari and others) that lets you create a list of websites that you can read later. So, if you see an interesting article you can add it to your Read It Later list to be viewed at your convenience. You can sync between your desktop and laptop, as well as iPhone or Android phone. All you need to do is create a free account. [August 2011]
A Google a Day
This is a search puzzle game — you can submit your own answer — offered by Google. “There’s no right way to solve it, but there’s only one right answer.” Hints and search tips are offered, but you have to peek under a link to see the answer. A fun way to improve Google search skills. [September 2011]