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Opinio Juris - January 2006

Scroll down to learn about RIA Checkpoint, Ohio Supreme Court oral argument transcripts, Early American Imprints, Washington Post Vote database, American Law Sources Online, and Microsoft Excel.

Tax Research with RIA Checkpoint Database

Produced by the makers of Westlaw, RIA Checkpoint is a specialized tax and accounting research database with loads of information. RIA Checkpoint makes it easy to monitor pending tax legislation, find IRS regulations by section, search the United States Tax Reporter and browse an extensive tax treaty collection. Westlaw users will have no trouble navigating RIA's straightforward interface. RIA Checkpoint can only be accessed at the college.

Ohio Supreme Court Oral Argument Transcripts

The Ohio Supreme Court announced earlier this month that it will begin to close-caption all of its oral argument broadcasts. This advancement means that for the first time an unofficial transcript of all Court oral arguments will be available. Later this year, the Court will make these transcripts available in a searchable online database. Video of Ohio Supreme Court arguments is currently available.

Early American Imprints Databases (1639-1819)

Early American Imprints, Series I (1639-1800) and Series II (1801-1819) contain material printed in America over three centuries. To create these databases, Readex digitized advertisements, charters and by-laws, contracts, laws, maps, narratives, sermons, songs, speeches, textbooks, treaties and more.

The main subjects include Economics and Trade, Government, Health, Labor, Law and Crime, Politics, and Theology. To view the Law subject heading, simply click on the "Subjects" tab and select "Law and Crime" in the gray bar just underneath the row of tabs.

Series I can be accessed on-campus and off-campus, while Series II can also be accessed on-campus and off-campus.

Washington Post Votes Database

The Washington Post Votes Database lets users browse every vote in the U.S. Congress since 1991. Researchers can browse in several different ways, including by state, members, and vote margins. The database has incorporated RSS technology, so users can get voting information from any congressional member sent via RSS feed and can get a feed from the most recent votes.

American Law Sources Online

American Law Sources Online (ALSO) has compiled a well organized collection of links to freely available primary and secondary legal resources for federal and state law. It includes case law, statutes, local ordinances, administrative code, forms, research guides, and more. Links to some Mexican and Canadian sources are also available.

Microsoft Excel

Microsoft Excel allows users to create and edit spreadsheets, which are used to store information in columns and rows that can then be organized and/or processed. Spreadsheets work especially well with numbers, but often include text. If you don't know much about Excel and would like to learn the basics, check out the Get to Know Excel audio course offered by Microsoft. The course takes approximately 30-40 minutes to complete.