Friday, April 24, 2009

Document Sharing

Working on outlines together to start to study for exams? Try Google Docs - a free document sharing service by our friends at Google. It is a basic, but quite decent word processor that allows you to share documents so that others you invite can add comments. And of course, it is available through Google, so you always have access to it, no matter where you are or what computer you are using.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, April 23, 2009

U.S. Department of State Background Notes

According to its Web page, the U.S. Department of State Background Notes include “facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty. The Background Notes are updated or revised by the Office of Electronic Information and Publications of the Bureau of Public Affairs as they are received from the Department's regional bureaus”.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

United Nations Launches its World Digital Library

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization launched its World Digital Library. The Library makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat Law Research is a free research and codification platform for transnational commercial law that was recently launched by The Center for Transnational Law (CENTRAL) at Cologne University. From the site:

Browsing TransLex


The TransLex-Principles contain more than 120 principles and rules of transnational law, the New Lex Mercatoria. Go through the list or use the "Jump to"-box to get to a specific Chapter.

Klick on the Principle of your choice and get its black letter text and access to many full-text references such as domestic statutes, legal doctrine, uniform law instruments, court decisions and arbitral awards.

In the top right hand corner of your screen, you find useful tools to support your research. By klicking on the "see principle history" button, you get an account of the changes which the principle underwent in the past. You can also print the document and/or save it as a pdf-file.


Translex-Biblio is a selected collection of bibliographic references on transnational law organized in alphabetical order. If a text is contained in TransLex, you can klick on it and are directed to the respective TransLex-document.


TransLex-Materials are a collection of domestic statutes, international conventions, model laws, restatements and other soft-law instruments which are of relevance for anybody doing research in transnational law and international business law.


The TransLex-Links are a selected collection of links to sites which are relevant for anybody doing research in transnational law and international business law.

You can also search the site but I recommend reviewing the "how to use the site" before searching.

Hat tip to Law Librarian Blog.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month, and to celebrate, is offering a poem-a-day. Take a break from your studies to read a poem (or two). also offers poems for every occasion and recently added a new category to the list: poems for times of turmoil.

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Lawsuit Over 'Sham' Supplement

Law Students, you know those supplements you purchase for $15 or $20 to go along with your $100 casebooks? Apparently casebook authors do, in fact, take these supplements seriously. The authors of a casebook are seeking an injunction against West for publishing a supplement that its purported authors are calling a "sham." West allegedly did not include key reversals by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania its most recent supplement to a casebook on Pennsylvania criminal procedure, angering the law professors who wrote the casebook.

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