Saturday, March 29, 2008

Social Security History

The history of Social Security, a favorite political topic during Presidential campaigns, is captured on the outstanding government web site of the Social Security Administration (SSA). A great resource for law students and researchers, the site's Social Security History page includes an overview of how the program developed, the text of the original Social Security Act, legislative history documents, and reports and studies, together with speeches and articles representing early public opinion about the controversial program. The user friendly page also highlights the history and organization of the SSA.

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Friday, March 28, 2008

Podcasts of Library Workshops

Worrying about that first research assignment at your summer or new full time job? Really want to make that partner happy? Most of the Library's Top 10 Research Skills workshops are now available as podcasts on the Library's website . The handouts and PowerPoint presentations are available on TWEN. Add Top 10 Research Skills: What Employers Really Want New Attorneys to Know as a TWEN course to access these.

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Thursday, March 27, 2008


CourTopics is a product of the National Center for State Courts (NCSC). According to the NCSC Web site, CourTopics includes in-depth information about state court-related subjects. In particular, you will find coverage of more than 130 court-related topics, including resource guides, overviews, frequently asked questions, state links, and much more. The alphabetical list of subjects included will help you easily to get started with your research.

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

National Security Archive

The National Security Archive at George Washington University School of Law is a good source for information related to national security and foreign intelligence. The site "collects and publishes declassified documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act" and advocates for the public "right to know".

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Elections 2008

So much to do, so little time. How to get a grasp on the 2008 Presidential election? The Documents Center at the University of Michigan created Elections 2008. This is site provides background information on the process, the candidates, the issues and much more. May be more than you want or need, but it is all in one spot.

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