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The Lobbying Database is one prong of the "Who Gives" menu from opensecrets.org. The website is a product of the Center for Responsive Politics, a not-for-profit non-partisan organization that "tracks money in politics, and its effect on elections and public policy." The Lobbying Database, funded by a grant from the Sunlight Foundation, tracks spending by lobbyists since 1998 in their attempts to influence Congress and federal agencies. The database can be searched by name, industry, issue, bill number, federal agency, or foreign entity. Data is compiled from required semi-annual public disclosure statements filed by lobbyists, and presented in easy to read charts and graphs. This site provides a simple and effective tool for researchers interested in lobbying in the United States.
The Securities and Exchange Commission recently unveiled a new search page that allows researchers to search the full text of all EDGAR filings from the past two years, including attachments. After experimenting with this search page, I recommend skipping the basic search and moving directly to the advanced search page, which gives you the option to limit your search by date, by company, by central index key, and by form type (10-K, 10-Q, etc.). For those of you who are new to legal research and aren't sure what EDGAR filings are, EDGAR stands for the SEC's "Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval" system. The SEC decided to require electronic filings over a decade ago so that investors would have easy access to the most current financial information about public companies. You can find additional EDGAR search options as well as descriptions of SEC form
types on the SEC website.
The product of Chief Judge Stein Schjøberg in Norway, GlobalCourts also provides information on e-filing, e-courtrooms, and e-judicial decision support systems, although the emphasis of the site remains on court opinions. These are organized both alphabetically, and by geographic region. Due to the rapidly changing Internet environment, some of the links are broken. However, the author encourages suggestions and comments and his email is freely given (use the Moss Tingrett address). This site is a welcome tool for locating Supreme Court jurisprudence around the globe.
This is a full-text archive of selected documents of the United States Congress from the collection of the Rutgers - Camden School of Law. Hearings included in this online collection date from the 1970's to 1998.
This is an ongoing work in progress. We will be adding new material from out print collection as it becomes ready for the next several years.
CIA Name Files and Subject Files compiled by the Central Intelligence Agency in response to the Disclosure Acts. These files are comprised of documentation from several CIA filing systems and are organized under the names of individuals and subjects. As of May 2006 this group consists of approximately 27,000 pages of files on individuals and subjects, including biographies, correspondence, reports, memorandums, messages, telegrams, publications, clippings, dispatches, translations, transcripts, legislative records, legal documents, statements, lists, and other records. Many of the records relate to people in one, or both, of two categories: Axis personnel accused of committing war crimes, or of belonging to criminal organizations, during the World War II; and former Axis personnel who were used by the U.S. as intelligence sources during the Cold War.
Now that many of our students are out doing research in law firms and other legal settings, they are learning the real value of secondary sources. Why should a legal researcher use a secondary source?
Inclusion International (II) is "a global federation of family-based
organizations advocating for the human rights of people with intellectual disabilities worldwide." II, one of the largest non-governmental organizations devoted to disabilities, is officially recognized by the United Nations. Working with numerous international agencies, including the International Labour Organization, II promotes inclusiveness in policy, practice, and investment strategies. The II website is organized into numerous sections describing the group's various projects and initiatives, and offering its publications and other documents. One of the significant initiatives is the International Disability Alliance (IDA), in which II networks with several other international organizations. On the page devoted to the IDA, users will find numerous links to full-text United Nations and other international documents pertaining to disabled persons. Links to II's priority areas are listed in a separate section and include poverty reduction, inclusive education, and self-advocacy. On each priority area page, users will find explanation and links to additional documents, such as slide presentations, reports, and briefing notes. Be sure to use the site guide and site map for help negotiating the extensive content. The II site is available in English, French and Spanish.