Saturday, September 12, 2009

The 9/11 Attacks: A Document Collection

A collection of key documents, including press conferences, speeches, and statements of government and other officials documenting the September 11 , 2001 attacks are available from Yale Law Library's Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy. The collection, September 11, 2001: Attack on America, highlights the immediacy of events immediately following the attacks, and extends over a six month period through April 9, 2002. Also available in the Avalon Project's 21st century collection are the 9/11 Commission Report (PDF) and President George W. Bush's Address to a Joint Session of Congress and the American People, delivered September 20, 2001.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Friday, September 11, 2009


You might think that as a feline I have a somewhat limited vocabulary. You would be wrong. I strive to find just the right word for my pronouncements. One of my favorite web sites is . I can enter any word and it returns a multitude of choice alternatives. It is a site I can truly give a cat's meow.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Webcasts From The Library of Congress

Many Webcasts related to government, legal, and geopolitical topics are available from the Library of Congress’s Web site. Click the link and have a look at what is on offer. You can use the search box at the top of the page to find Webcasts on particular subjects, if you do not feel like browsing through all of the Webcasts.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Wednesday, September 09, 2009


Investopedia is a good starting point for research on finance and company information. The online dictionary will help you understand business and financial terminology (like asset swap or mirror fund) and the tutorials help you get background on specific topics.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Paper Writing Resources Workshop

Are you writing a paper this semester? If you are we have the workshop for you "Paper Writing Resources". You want effective and efficient research so that you can spend more time writing your paper. This workshop will give you some research tips and point out sources both legal and multi-discipline so you can find what you need quickly.

The workshop will be held on the following days during common hour:

Monday, 9/14 : room 242 from 12 noon to 1 PM
Wednesday, 9/16 : room 243 from 1 PM to 2 PM
Monday, 9/21 : room 243 from 1 PM to 2 PM
Wednesday 9/23 : room 243 from 12 noon to 1 PM

You don't need to sign up or register. Just show up at the date/time most convenient for you.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Problems With Google Books

In a recent Language Log post, Geoff Nunberg explains the metadata problems found in Google Books and why they matter. (Basically, Google Books has millions of volumes of scanned books, but the information that describes these scanned books is often wrong because Google has relied on information taken from the scanned images rather than relying on information provided by the libraries that provided the books for scanning.)

This is a big reason why any search for a downloadable copy of an old book that is out of copyright should not begin and end with Google Books. You should use as well.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat