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Opinio Juris - April 2006

Scroll down to learn about Supreme Court Changes to the "No-Citation" rules for unpublished federal court opinions, HeinOnline Legal Classics Library, New Library DVDs, Federal Podcasts, Avian and Pandemic Flu, Juvenile Offenders and Victims National Report, and the Roll Your Own Search Engine from Rollyo. For more information about other legal research topics, please visit the Library's blog.

Supreme Court Changes "No-Citation" Rule for Federal Courts

Legal Times is reporting that the U.S. Supreme Court has adopted a rule that will prevent federal circuits from having "no citation" rules for unpublished opinions. Under the new rule, attorneys will be able to cite to unpublished opinions, but the courts will still be able to determine what weight to give these opinions. Apparently, Congress can prevent this rule from going into effect if it acts before December 1.

HeinOnline Legal Classics Library

HeinOnline's Legal Classics Library is a collection of some of the most important and influential works in American legal history. While the vast majority of these books are part of the Moritz Law Library collection, this database allows full-text searching of the entire collection or just one work.

This Library is image-based, just like the rest of HeinOnline, so you have the ease of online use with the assurance that you can cite to the proper page and view any charts, graphs or other material that is left out of many text-based eBooks.

Some titles of interest are Moritz's own Frank R. Strong's American Constitutional Law, Oliver Wendell Holmes' Collected Legal Papers, Joseph Story's Commentaries on the Constitution of the United States, and various works on international law by Hugo Grotius.

HeinOnline can be accessed on campus or from off-campus, with proper authentication.

New DVDs Available at the Library

The Library's collection of law-related DVDs continues to grow. Our newest film title is North Country, starring Charlize Theron.

Federal Podcasts

Firstgov.gov has created a list of podcasts from Federal agencies. It includes podcasts from the Pentagon Channel, the State Department, NASA, NOAA, and Presidential speeches and radio addresses. There are podcasts in both English and Spanish.

Most surprising entry? A Vodcast (a video on demand podcast) from Barney, the President's dog.

Avian Flu and Pandemic Flu

PandemicFlu.gov is a web site, managed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, that is intended to provide comprehensive government information about pandemic flu and the avian flu. The site contains general information about the different kinds of influenza, as well as more specific information about outbreaks, travel, tests and vaccines.

Juvenile Offenders and Victims: 2006 National Report

The U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has issued a report on "juvenile crime, violence, and victimization and on the juvenile justice system." More information about the report, including a summary, Excel files of data, and PowerPoint slides of graphs are also available online .

Roll Your Own (Search Engine)

Ever wished you could search just part of the web? Or several web sites at once? Now, you can roll your own search engine or use a searchroll created by someone else. Creating your own searchroll is easy, just name it and enter in the URLs you want it to search. Your searchroll can be public- so others can use it- or private. Learn more about Rollyo.