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Opinio Juris - February 2009

Scroll down to learn about Updated Law Journal Rankings, the Declassified Documents Reference System, the Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, the NAACP Top Films of the Century, and Web 2.0 and Online Networking for Lawyers.

Updated Law Journal Rankings

The Washington and Lee law journal rankings webpage has be updated to reflect content through 2008. The purpose of the page is to "allow authors to find law journals by subject, country, or journal rank (where available), to display journal editorial information, and to facilitate an author's article submission to those journals."

Declassified Documents Reference System

Since 1982, Primary Source Media (a division of Gale) has published the Declassified Documents Reference System (DDRS). This product involves indexing, abstracting, and capturing on microfiche a large selection of U.S. government documents obtained from presidential libraries. These libraries receive declassified documents from various government agencies, including the White House, the CIA, the FBI, the State Department, and others. As researchers visit these presidential libraries and request documents, the libraries photocopy and  provide them to Primary Source Media for publishing. The result is a collection of more than 75,000 documents, consisting of more than 465,000 pages.

Every document in the DDRS collection has been digitally scanned and captured and in included in the DDRS database (available through OSU Libraries). The database has also been supplemented with selections based upon current trends in research. The content ranges from the years immediately following World War II, when declassified documents were first made widely available, through the 1970s. The database can be searched using basic or advanced searching options. The DDRS database is available on-campus or off-campus (with proper authentication).

Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln

The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln is an eight-volume set of Lincoln's correspondence, speeches, and other writings, first published by the Abraham Lincoln Association in 1953. The Association has recently made this collection available electronically (hosted by the University of Michigan Library). The contents of the electronic collection are available as text files and can be browsed or searched (full-text and index).

NAACP Top 100 Films of the Century

The NAACP has published its list of the Top 100 Films of the Century. The goal of the list "is to identify the top 100 multicultural film projects that have had the greatest influence on people of color, primarily African Americans, and American popular culture."

Web 2.0 and Online Networking for Lawyers

The recent issue of the BostonBar Journal contains several interesting articles discussing the intersection of the practice of law with online networking and other Web 2.0 applications.