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Opinio Juris - April 2007

Scroll down to learn about the U.S. Supreme Court Justices Database, Polling the Nations, New Ohio Online Codes, Progress Report on State Government Internet Presence, World Trials Collection on HeinOnline, and free faculty access to TimesSelect. For more information about other legal research topics, please visit the Library's blog.

U.S. Supreme Court Justices Database

The U.S. Supreme Court Justices Database, according to the web site, is "a multi-user, public database containing a wealth of information on individuals nominated (whether confirmed or not) to the U.S. Supreme Court (John Jay-Samuel A. Alito, Jr). Specifically, the Database houses 263 variables, falling roughly into five categories: identifiers, background characteristics and personal attributes, nomination and confirmation, service on the Court, and departures from the bench."

Polling the Nations

Polling the Nations compiles data from more than 12,000 state, national, local and special surveys conducted by polling organizations in the United States and abroad.  When entering this database, not only can you search the numerous surveys, but you have the option of reading more about surveys in general, and a glossary of survey terminology is provided.  Once you enter the search screen, you can either choose to search a laundry list of pre-selected topics or by keyword; other search boxes, some with drop down menus, then allow you to further limit your search by geographic area, date range, source or the type of information you are seeking.  Your results are then provided in a table format, with each row on the table representing a single survey (clicking on any of the text in a given row will display the survey results). Polling the Nations can be accessed on-campus or off-campus with proper authentication.

Lawriter to be New Online Provider for Ohio Codes

Casemaker Publisher, Lawriter LLC, was awarded the web publishing contract to provide the Ohio Legislative Service Commission (LSC) online versions of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) and the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC). These are the online versions of the codes that are freely available to the general public. The new contract with Lawriter replaces LSC’s previous agreement with Lexis, which provided the Anderson's version of the Codes familiar to most Ohio researchers.

Progress Report on State Government Internet Presence

The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) has released its report, Harmony Helps: A Progress Report on State Government Internet Presence - March 2007. "This brief explores how state web portals have matured and examines the impact of the 2003 expansion of the dot-gov domain to state and local governments; trends in state portal domain naming conventions; trends in Internet portal branding and marketing; the alignment of agency websites and state email addressing with the state portal; areas of cross-boundary collaboration for online services; and areas for future progress in cross-boundary collaboration for online services."

World Trials Collection on HeinOnline

Hein has announced the addition of the World Trials Collection to its online library. This historical collection of older material includes trial transcripts, books analyzing famous trials, biographies of great trial lawyers, and many other related works. HeinOnline can be accessed on campus or from off-campus, with proper authentication.

New York TimesSelect - Free for Faculty

The New York Times is offering complimentary TimesSelelect subscriptions to university students and faculty. A valid ".edu" university e-mail address is needed to subscribe. Faculty and students can sign up here.