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Opinio Juris - October 2009

Scroll down to learn about JuriGlobe, U.S. Government blogs, the New York Times Image Edition, Flu.gov, and the Making of the Modern Law database.


JuriGlobe is a research group formed by four professors from the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa. It provides a free multilingual database containing general information about foreign legal systems, official languages, international commercial conventions, and multilateral commercial tools. JuriGlobe attempts to provide lawyers with an initial overview of the applicable legal systems and the official languages which apply to the countries in which they are likely to operate. It also hopes to be an educational tool for professors and students pursing the study of international or comparative law. The web site is available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, French, and Russian.

U.S. Government Blogs

The U.S. Government has been increasing its presence in the blogosphere over the past few years. The USA.gov website, the U.S. government's official web portal, has recently organized federal government blogs by topic. The list includes the following topics: (1) Business and Economics, (2) Defense and International Relations, (3) Environment, Energy and Agriculture, (4) Family, Home, and Community, (5) Health and Nutrition, (6) History, Arts, and Culture, (7), Jobs, Education, and Volunteerism, (8) Public Safety and Law, (9) Reference and General Government, (10) Science and Technology, and (11) Travel and Recreation.

New York Times Image Edition

The Library has a subscription to the New York Times Image Edition, which is available to any user in Drinko Hall. This resource provides an exact digital reproduction of current print editions of the Times. All pages, including advertising, photos and graphics, are included. Older issues of the Times are available going back one year. The New York Times Image Edition can be accessed from networked computers in the College.


Flu.gov, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services web site, provides information on influenza from a variety of federal government offices. The information is designed for the general public, health and emergency preparedness professionals, policy makers, government and business leaders, school systems, and local communities. Topics covered include general questions and answers, vaccine availability, prevention, treatment, pandemic flu, and planning resources. In the "About the Flu" section, information is included about H1N1 (Swine Flu) and H5N1 (Bird Flu).

Making of the Modern Law Database

The Making of the Modern Law (Legal Treatises 1800-1926) database comprises over 21,000 works from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries on British Commonwealth and American law. Making of the Modern Law provides full-text searching of these sources making them accessible in a manner not previously possible. It covers nearly every aspect of law, encompassing a range of analytical, theoretical, and practical literature, some very rare. The monographs and materials in the collection include casebooks, local practice manuals, books on legal form, works for lay readers, pamphlets, letters, and speeches. The collection is of interest to scholars interested in domestic and international law, legal history, business and economics, politics and government, national defense, criminology, religion, education, labor and social welfare, and military justice. The Making of the Modern Law Database can be accessed either on-campus or off-campus (with proper authentication).