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Opinio Juris - September 2006

Scroll down to learn about Same-day U.S. Supreme Court oral argument transcripts, the PsycINFO database, the Electronic Voting Machine Report, images of milestone U.S. documents, and lateral law faculty moves in 2006. For more information about other legal research topics, please visit the Library's blog.

Same-Day Supreme Court Oral Argument Transcripts

Supreme Court The U.S. Supreme Court recently announced that, beginning with the October 2006 Term, the Court will make transcripts of oral arguments available free to the public, on its web site, on the same day an argument is heard by the Court.

PsycINFO Database

PsycINFO provides access to journals and dissertations dating back to 1967 on the topic of psychology.  You can view documents related to psychology and materials in fields such as education and sociology related to psychiatry.  This database provides access to journals as well as dissertations and book chapters (book chapters from 1987 forward).  PsycINFO provides a standard search box for users, with the default set to search the database’s thesaurus (a useful tool to get at the language used by the editors of the database), as well as to an advanced search feature accessed by selecting “More Search Boxes”.  Using the search option through the Ohio State University allows the user to use the “Find It” feature in the search results to locate holdings accessible through the school (sometimes electronically) and allows the user to view a number of different citation formats for the chosen article or book.  One final useful feature, accessible by selecting “Find It” from the list of retrieved items, is to search Google to find related Web sites; this feature may be especially useful in the case of an item not being available through Ohio State.

PsycINFO can be accessed on campus here. It can be accessed off-campus with proper authentication.

Electronic Voting Machine Report

The Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law recently released its report, The Machinery of Democracy: Usability of Voting Systems. The report "...examines, among other things, the extent to which current voting systems correctly record voters’ intended selections, i.e., the systems’ 'effectiveness.' Specifically, the report looks at the residual vote rate for each major voting system in the 2004 presidential election."

Read the Center's press release here. Download a copy of the report here.

Images of Milestone U.S. Documents

The National Archives and Records Administration has compiled a list of 100 milestone documents in U.S. history. The documents chronicle United States history from 1776 to 1965. All of the documents on the list are viewed as scanned images of the originals. The list includes important documents such as the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights, the Check for the Purchase of Alaska, and the Surrender of Japan.

Lateral Moves by Law School Faculty 2006

You may be interested in learning about the lateral moves made by law faculty throughout the country. The Concurring Opinions blog has compiled a nice list of lateral law faculty moves that occurred in 2006.