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Opinio Juris - March 2010

Scroll down to learn about the new SCOTUS Web Site, UK Treaties Online, the EPA's HERO Database, CSPAN Archives, and State Bar Association Research Tools.

New SCOTUS Web Site

The U.S. Supreme Court launched its new redesigned web site last week. [Read the Court's press release]. The new design is certainly more visually pleasing, and less dated, than the former site; however, the site does not provide much in the way of new content. Site improvements include making recent Court decisions available directly from the homepage, an interactive Court oral argument calendar, and easier navigation. The new site is certainly a step in the right direction, but, hopefully, the Court will continue to make more of its information available electronically through its web site.

UK Treaties Online

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has launched a new service, UK Treaties Online, which allows users to access details of over 14,000 treaties involving the United Kingdom. These records reflect the information received by the FCO Treaty Section during the course of its operations. Users are able to research the existence of treaties, obtain key information about them, and see which entities participate in them.

EPA's HERO Database Available to the Public

The Environmental Protection Agency has recently announced that its Health and Environmental Research Online (HERO) database is now available to the public. The database contains the scientific studies that the EPA uses when making regulatory decisions. It includes more than 300,000 scientific articles. HERO can be searched by keyword, author, date, etc. The content can also be browsed by topic.

CSPAN Archive on the Web

C-Span has uploaded "virtually every minute" of its video archives to its web site, C-SpanVideo.org. The archive coverage starts in 1987 and contains more than 160,000 hours of footage. There are about 10,000 hours of tapes from before 1987 (the network was established in 1979) that will be eventually added to the site as well.

State Bar Association - Members Legal Research Tools

Many state bar association provide free or low cost legal research tools to their members. The folks at 3 Geeks and a Law Blog have produced a nice map which identifies the specific research service that is provided by each state association. For example, Ohio State Bar Association members have access to Casemaker. Members of the Illinois and Iowa bar associations have Fastcase. The New York State Bar Association uses LoisLaw. Members of the Pennsylvania Bar Association have access to InCite. The California, Delaware, and Montana state bar associations are the only ones that do not provide some sort of research service to their members. The data used for the creation of the map was taken from this helpful chart produced by Carolyn Elefant at MyShingle.com.