Saturday, October 18, 2008

Adoption History Project

For those studying or researching family law issues, the Adoption History Project web site, created by University of Oregon history professor Ellen Herman, is a unique window into American adoption history and a wide range of issues and controversies that have defined the field. Along with a timeline, a bibliography, and a document archives describing and excerpting landmark studies and reports, the site offers and excellent "topics" page with overviews and citations to full-text primary documents on each topic. This is a great place to start exploring adoption law topics in social and historical perspective.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, October 17, 2008

Tax plan calculator

Joe the plumber may want to check Newsday's Tax Calculator which calculates for different income levels what the change in taxes would be under the competing tax plans of Senators Obama and McCain. According to Newsday's reports on Joe's income, he might be surprised.

Check the calculator to see how you would do. I did.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Fact-Checking The Third Presidential Debate

Like the first two presidential debates, the third debate generated controversial and factually debatable claims from both candidates. Here are a couple of examples.

Barack Obama claimed that all of John McCain's campaign advertisements have been negative:

And 100 percent, John, of your ads – 100 percent of them have been negative."

According to, however, this was almost, but not quite, true for a period of only one week, and it is not true for the remainder of the campaign.

John McCain stated that " "We have to stop sending $700 billion a year to countries that don't like us very much", a reference to U.S. spending on oil imports.

According to an
Associated Press news story, however, "the United States spent $246 billion in 2007 for all imported crude oil, a majority of it coming from friendly nations including neighboring Canada and Mexico. [...] A majority of the refined products come from refineries in such friendly countries as the Netherlands, Canada, the United Kingdom, Trinidad-Tobago and the Virgin Islands".

For other perspectives on the factual accuracy of statements made by both presidential candidates during the debates, see such sites as
The Fact-Checker and

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Kluwer Law Journal Library

Kluwer Law Journal Library is now available on HeinOnline. The Library provides access to:

· Business Law Review
· Common Market Law Review
· European Business Law Review
· European Foreign Affairs Review
· European Public Law
· European Review of Private Law
· International Journal of Comparative
. Labour Law & Industrial Relations
· Journal of International Arbitration
· Journal of World Trade
· Legal Issues of Economic Integration
· World Competition
· European Environmental Law Review

For more information about these publications click here.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

International Legal Research: Getting Started

Where to start? How to start? International legal research is vast - it's a big world - and can be confusing. Come discover some basic resources, strategies and tips to guide you on your international research adventure.

When: Monday, October 20th, 5:10 PM to 6 PM
Where: Lower Level Computer Lab

Everyone is welcome and no sign up is necessary.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Monday, October 13, 2008

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Take the time to increase your own awareness of domestic violence and its effect on millions of victims. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence provides resources and information about what you can do to help. The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), also provides information, as well as resources for victims. Do check it out.

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

New Supreme Court Term

The Supreme Court began its new term last Monday. This term it will hear cases on a number of issues, including FCC fines for "fleeting expletives," the question of whether patients can sue drug companies over drugs that are regulated by the FDA, and, in Iqbal v. Ashcroft, whether high level officials are immune from being sued if they are alleged to have condoned constitutional violations. (The fact that Javaid Iqbal used to be a cable guy on Long Island gives this one some local interest).

The Legal Information Institute's previews of this term's cases can be seen here. And SCOTUSblog offers weekly updates showing the daily goings on at the Court.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat