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Opinio Juris - June 2007

Scroll down to learn about the CIA Electronic Reading Room, the OSU Library catalog redesign, the U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs database, opensecrets.org's 2008 Presidental Election site, and the Association of Religion Data Archives. For more information about other legal research topics, please visit the Library's blog.

CIA Electronic Reading Room

The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Electronic Reading Room provides "an overview of access to CIA information, including electronic access to previously released documents." It includes collections in areas such as Vietnam and China, and specific documents such as a report on Iraq's weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

OSU Library Catalog Redesign

OSU Library System has redesigned the interface for its integrated catalog. The changes are relatively minor and designed to make it easier for users, but some things have been moved around a bit, and it may take a little getting used to.

U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832-1978

The Library has added Making of the Modern Law's U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832-1978, to its database collection. The database contains nearly 11 million digitally scanned pages of records and briefs brought before the U.S. Supreme Court during the years 1832-1978. Numerous search options are available, including full-text searching, which make these records more acessible than ever before. U.S. Supreme Court Records and Briefs, 1832-1978, can be accessed here at the College.

opensecrets.org: 2008 Presidential Election

The web site opensecrets.org (from the Center for Responsive Politics) has a section of the site dedicated to the 2008 Presidential Election. The candidate profiles on the site contain information about total funds raised and spent, cash on hand, debts, and a breakdown of sources of the funds (such as individual contributions). It also includes week-by-week comparisons, a donor lookup, contributions by industry and other data.

Association of Religion Data Archives

The Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA) attempts to "democratize access to the best data on religion." Data included in the ARDA are submitted by top religion scholars and research centers. The ARDA is housed in Social Science Research Institute at the Pennsylvania State University and is funded by the Lilly Endowment, the John Templeton Foundation, and the Pennsylvania State University