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Samuel Alito- Confirmation Information

The nomination of Judge Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court has inspired this month's collection of confirmation-related resources.

This web page from the University of Michigan's Law Library contains links to many documents authored by Judge Alito as well as other materials related to the confirmation process.

The Washington Post maintains a blog which provides an up-to-date listing of articles and other links concerning the upcoming confirmation hearings.

The Jurist is collecting Alito-related articles and links.

The Library of Congress has established a Law Library Reading Room which contains selected resources about Judge Alito and the confirmation process.

Visit C-Span's Supreme Court page to view video and links to information related to Judge Alito's confirmation hearings. The page also contains broadcast information for the hearings.

CCH Internet Research Network

This database includes CCH materials related to Business, including Exchanges & SROs, Securities (both US and global), Banking, Products Liability, Intellectual Property, Information Technology, and Transportation Law. You can access the database from on-campus or off-campus (note: these are two different links).

Law School Blogs

Professor Daniel Solove, from the George Washington University Law School, has posted an updated listing of law professor bloggers on the Concurring Opinions blog. The list organizes the bloggers by law school and also includes gender information. OSU's Moritz College of Law has four professor bloggers (Doug Berman, Ed Lee, Dale Oesterle, and Dan Tokaji). Only six law schools have more law professors blogging than Moritz.

New on Westlaw

Ohio Briefs: Westlaw has added new collections of Ohio briefs. The Ohio Supreme Court database (OH-SCT-BRIEF) includes briefs from 1990 - many in PDF. The Ohio Court of Appeals database (OH-APP-BRIEF), currently includes briefs from the 10th District in Franklin County.

Quick Print: This new feature allows you to print a document with one click (on the "Quick Print" icon in the upper right hand corner); but, it prints to your attached printer - not the Westlaw printer. To print to one of the Westlaw printers, use the "Print" icon and select the printer you'd like to use.

LexisNexis Update - New Bankruptcy Resources

LexisNexis had added three new sources in response to the recently enacted "Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005." Analysis of the Bankruptcy Abuse and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 (BKANA) contains a section-by-section analysis of the amendments to the Bankruptcy Code. Bankruptcy Code Showing Changes from the 2005 Legislation (BKRLC) contains a searchable PDF image of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code showing the changes made to the Code using red-line mark up. 2005 Bankruptcy Legislation (BL2005) contains links to current news articles on the legislation and its impact. It also includes the text of the uncodified version of the Act, as well numerous legislative history materials. The easiest way to find these resources on LexisNexis is to go under the "Research System" tab, and under "Area of Law - By Topic" click on Bankruptcy. These resources are under the section "Statutes and Legislative Materials."


Wex is a collaboratively built, freely available legal dictionary and encyclopedia hosted by the Legal Information Institute at the Cornell Law School. The concept behind Wex is similar to the concept behind Wikipedia (freely available general encyclopedia), except that Cornell only permits editorial contribution to Wex by qualified, pre-screened, experts. Wex can be searched full-text or browsed by subject.

Google Search Shortcuts

There are certain commands that you can enter when using Google that will help focus your searches. Here are a few examples:

INTITLE: Tells Google to search for just words found in Web page titles. Example: intitle:confirmation documents

INURL: Google looks only in URLs of web pages. Example: inurl:osu

INTEXT: Google searches only in the body text of web pages, not in the links, URLs or titles. Example: intext:disaster relief

SITE: Limits Google's search to a particular site. Example: "charitable contribution"

FILETYPE: Tells Google to search only for documents of a particular file type. Example: filetype:doc "samuel alito" would return only Microsoft World documents related to Samuel Alito. Other filetypes include, PDF, XLS (Excel files), PPT (PowerPoint files), RTF (Rich Text files), SWF (Shockwave files), and TXT (Text files).