Friday, November 04, 2005

Non-legal paper research

You already know how to find scholarly articles on legal topics to help you in writing your research papers, but how about scholarly articles on non-legal topics? While there is lots to choose from, one great source is Academic Search Premier . This is a general interest database, so you will find articles on many different subjects. Unlike Lexis and Westlaw, you will be searching an index, rather than full text, so you want to use broader subjects for your search terms. (You are searching just title and subject descriptors, rather than the entire article.) Many of the results do provide access to the full text of the article.

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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Electronic Code of Federal Regulations (E-CFR)

The Electronic Code of Federal Regulations ("E-CFR") is the prototype of a currently updated online version of the Code of Federal Regulations ("CFR"), with the rapid updating capabilities that that fact implies. While the E-CFR is not yet an official legal version of the CFR, it holds great potential for the future, and is an excellent place to start when you want a quick way to check the latest version of a regulation.

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Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Not Politics

Let's change pace a bit. Do you know today is the anniversary of the flight of the Spruce Goose? In 1947, after the end of WWII for which it was designed, Howard Hughes flew the plane for about a mile. Or did he? Some people claim that it didn't really fly, but that "ground effect" caused the plane to stay above the water.

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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

One more Judge Alito site

This one is compiled and hosted by the Library of Congress.

Samuel A. Alito Nomination Collection

A bibliography, it includes a PDF excerpt of Judge Alito's 1990 confirmation hearing (Senate Hearing 101-651, Part 5) via

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As Promised-In depth Alito info

Far more comprehensive information on Samuel A. Alito, Jr., Nominee for Justice of the Supreme Court can be found here, courtesy of the University of Michigan Law Library. This web page is continuously being updated as new information becomes available, making it an easy way to follow the confirmation process.

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Monday, October 31, 2005


Is IM one of your primary methods of communication? If so, and if you don't carry your laptop everywhere, you are probably always looking for a computer to IM your friends from. But if you find one, that normally would mean downloading software, usually AIM, first. Since we prefer that you don't download software on the computers in our labs, and we also want to make your lives easier, try the new Internet based IM program, Meebo. You can use AIM, Yahoo, MSN or Jabber without having to download any software.

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Alito cheat sheet

A quick biography of Supreme Court Nominee Samuel Alito can be found here.
This was compiled by the Supreme Court nomination blog in June. More to follow....

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