Moritz Law Library
Opinio Juris - October 2008
Scroll down to learn about the Encyclopedia of Public International Law, ERIC, Judgepedia, the Top 10 Government Web Sites, and Google Newspapers. For more information about other legal research topics, please visit the Library's blog.
Encyclopedia of Public International Law
The Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (MPEPIL) online edition, is the continually updated edition of the Encyclopedia of Public International Law that was published between 1991 and 2001. The online encyclopedia is a searchable collection of essays by international law scholars. The number of online entries continues to increase as the encyclopedia strives to cover all the central and essential topics in public international law.
ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center), sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, is a national bibliographic database covering the journal and research literature in the field of education, educational research, teaching methods and practices, and educational systems. ERIC blends two files: Resources in Education (RIE), covering the fugitive document literature, and Current Index to Journals in Education (CIJE), covering the published journal literature from over 775 periodicals. The database also includes the full text of ERIC Digest records.
Judgepedia is an online encyclopedia that "strives to be a consummate source for authoritative articles, open and respectful discourse, and reputable research for all things judicial." Both federal and state courts are included in the resource. The state supreme court information includes a 2008 State Supreme Court Elections guide. Judgepedia is a public-access wiki, like Wikipedia, so it can be freely edited. Use with caution. That being said, it contains a lot of helpful information, including links to other sources. It should continue to improve as more content is added.
Top 10 Government Websites
The folks at Government Computer News have chosen their "Top 10 Government Web Sites." The top sites:
- Medline Plus (National Library of Medicine)
- CDC.gov (Centers for Disease Control)
- DC CapStat (Washington D.C. city accountabilit program)
- SSA's Medicare Prescription Help
- USA.gov (federal government search engine)
- Mass.gov (State of Masachusetts portal page)
- Business.gov (Small Business Agency)
- USGS' Water Science (U.S. Geologic Survey: Water Science for Schools)
- Cancer.gov (National Cancer Institute)
- MSPB’s E-Appeal (U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board’s E-Appeal)
Google has announced that has launched "an initiative to make more old newspapers accessible and searchable online by partnering with newspaper publishers to digitize millions of pages of news archives." You can search the content that is already digitized by searching the Google News Archive or by using the timeline feature after searching Google News.