Saturday, May 03, 2008


What do Americans really think about the key social, political and policy issues of the moment? Find the latest poll and survey results from PollingReport, chosen one of's "50 Best Websites 2007". This independent, nonpartisan site posts American survey data from a wide group of reputable and authoritative polling sources, including Pew, Harris, Gallup and a range of major news organizations. The polling results for national surveys are free, with additional state and other data available to subscribers. There is quick access to the latest polls from the main page, along with a selection of opinion survey topics, from health care policy to views of the Supreme Court. Trends are easy to assess, whether from questions asked repeatedly over time or from graphical representations of election tracking polls. For legal research background and data, or just for personal interest, PollingReport is a winner.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, May 01, 2008


AltLaw, about which we previously blogged last October 4, has expanded its freely available federal case law offerings. AltLaw now offers most federal circuit court cases dating from the past forty or fifty years, as well as U.S. Supreme Court opinions dating from approximately the past thirty years.

West Reporter citations are also now available, but not for the most recent cases, (e.g., for the past one to two years).

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Center for Worklife Law

Family Responsibility Discrimination (also called "caregiver discrimination") is "discrimination against workers who have family caregiving responsibilities" and it can affect both women and men, parents of children and children of the elderly. The Center for Worklife Law at UC Hastings College of the Law is a great resource for learning about this type of discrimination. It offers information about recent cases, model policies, state and local statutes, reports, summaries and much more.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, April 28, 2008

Google Timeline

Are you interested in knowing when something was a “hot” topic? Google's new timeline operator will help. Simply add “view:timeline” to any search and a navigable timeline appears across the top of your query results.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, April 27, 2008

The Bluebook: Have Your Say

The editors of The Bluebook are asking for advice to help them create the 19th edition. They have an online survey here and are also taking suggestions via email. The survey must be submitted by June 30.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat