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Opinio Juris - May 2008

Scroll down to learn about UNData, the LGBT Life Database, Nationmaster, and the 100 Most Creative Moments in American Law. For more information about other legal research topics, please visit the Library's blog.


The United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) has launched a new seach component for UN statistical information called UNdata. UNdata is replacing the United Nations Common Database (UNCDB) which is being discontinued. UNdata "brings UN statistical databases within easy reach of users through a single entry point from which users can now search and download a variety of statistical resources of the UN System." Continuous improvements are planned for the service. "When fully developed, UNdata will have a comprehensive array of international and national databases providing the world instant access to a wealth of statistical information."

LGBT Life Database

LGBT Life is an index to the world’s literature regarding Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender issues.  Many of the articles are available in full-text from the database.  LGBT Life provides comprehensive coverage of traditional academic, lifestyle, and regional publications, including The Advocate, Lesbian News, Washington Blade, Bay Area Reporter, etc. LGBT Life also indexes & abstracts the full run of many historically significant titles such as ONE (1953 - 1967), The Ladder (1956 - 1972), Mattachine Review (1955 - 1964), Christopher Street (1976 - 1995) and Body Politic (1971 - 1987). In addition, other source-types such as monographs and reference books as well as grey literature, including newsletters, case studies, speeches, etc. are represented.

The LGBT Life Database can be accessed either on-campus or off-campus (with proper authentication).


There is a new web site called Nationmaster that allows users to view various statistics from countries all over the world. The statistics, collected from the CIA World Factbook and other sources, cover many topics, including crime, employment, education, and immigration. Users can generate graphs based upon the numerical data, which allows for the easy comparison of countries.

The 100 Most Creative Moments in American Law

Valparaiso School of Law professor Robert F. Blomquist has assembled a list of the “100 Most Creative Moments in American Law.” Professor Blomquist's list is the result of a survey of over 400 law professors as well as his own opinions. His article, available via SSRN, also provides explanations for why the "moments" were selected for the list. What is the most creative moment in American law? The Constitution of the United States and the ratification debates grabbed the top spot.