Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Zimmerman’s Research Guide

Available free online, Zimmerman's Research Guide is a great place to get started with your legal (and even non-legal) research questions.

From University of Baltimore Law Library Blog

Friday, March 26, 2010

CSPAN Archive on the Web

C-Span has uploaded "virtually every minute" of its video archives to its web site, C-SpanVideo.org. The archive coverage starts in 1987 and contains more than 160,000 hours of footage. There are about 10,000 hours of tapes from before 1987 (the network was established in 1979), which will be eventually added to the site as well.

From Et Seq.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

New SCOTUS Web Site

The U.S. Supreme Court launched its new redesigned web site last week. [Read the Court's press release]. The new design is certainly more visually pleasing, and less dated, than the former site. Improvements include making recent Court decisions available directly from the homepage, an interactive Court oral argument calendar, and easier navigation. The new site is certainly a step in the right direction. Hopefully, the Court will continue to make more of its information available electronically through its web site.

From Law Librarian Blog.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Google Maps adds bike-friendly routes

It's looking like spring has finally arrived in Columbus, Ohio and, thanks to the new bike-friendly routes available from Google Maps, planning your bike trip around town has never been easier!


From Barco 2.0

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Attacking Lawyers From the Right and Left

Check out the latest discussion on the New York Times blog "Room for Debate." This week, the questions posed are: "Is it fair to criticize lawyers for the actions of their clients? And why is there always mileage to be gained from attacking lawyers (with the attackers often lawyers themselves)?"

Monday, March 08, 2010

Academy Awards Recap

Last night was the biggest night of the year in Hollywood - the 82nd Academy Awards! Complete with a theater full of glamorous movie stars, two hilarious co-hosts, an impressive list of nominees, and some heart-felt acceptance speeches, it was certainly a night to remember.

P.S. Did you catch what is now being called the "Kanye moment of the Oscars"? Check out the New York Times blog post about it here.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

FDSys

FDsys.gov is the U.S. Government Priting Office's new online content management and delivery system. It is replacing the 15-year-old GPO Access website. Complete migration of content to FDsys.gov is expected to be complete in April, with a full switcher to FDsys expected this summer. The current FDsys inventory of available documents is listed below:
  • Congressional Bills, 103rd Congress (1993-1994) to present;
  • Congressional Calendars, 104th Congress (1995-1996) to present;
  • Congressional Committee Prints, 100th Congress (1987-1988) to present;
  • Congressional Directory, 104th Congress (1995-1996) to present;
  • Congressional Documents, 104th Congress (1993-1994) to present;
  • Congressional Hearings, if available from committee, 105th Congress (1997-1998) to present;
  • Congressional Record (Bound), 1999 to 2001;
  • Congressional Record (Daily), 103rd Congress, 2nd session (1994) to present;
  • Congressional Record Index (Daily), 1983 to present;
  • Congressional Committee Reports, Senate Executive Reports (includes conference committee reports), 104th Congress (1995-1996) to present;
  • History of Bills, 1983 to present;
  • Precedents of the U.S. House of Representatives (Hinds, Cannon, Deschler);
  • Public and Private Laws, 104th (1995-1996) to present;
  • Statutes At Large, 2003-2006

Monday, March 01, 2010

Archive-It

Archive-It is a project of Internet Archive, the non-profit behind the well-known Wayback Machine that allows users to locate older, archived versions of websites. The Internet Archive, while having an extensive collection of web pages, does not have the resources to archive everything that is currently on the Internet. With Archive-It, the Internet Archive is partnering with universities, libraries, governments, and other institutions to archive selected websites. Partner institutions, who pay a susbscription fee to participate, select groups of webpages to preserve, and users are able to search or browse these archives on the the Archive-It website. Examples of collections include 2010 Iranian Blogs (Stanford University), 2008 Elections in North Carolina (University of North Carolina), Flood of 2008 Collection (University of Iowa), and Terrorism in Indonesia (National Library of Australia).