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Opinio Juris - August 2011

Scroll down to read about the Law Revision Counsel's new U.S. Code website, SCOTUSblog online symposiums, Google Scholar citation tracking, the New York Review of Books, and the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law. For information on other topics, see the Moritz Legal Information Blog and the Moritz Law Library Facebook page.

New U.S. Code Website from Law Revision Counsel.

The U.S. House's Office of the Law Revision Counsel has launched a beta version of its new U.S. Code website. New features include a "Cite Checker" tool allowing users to quickly check code sections for amendments, improved browsing ability with an expandable table of contents, and a more easily readable display of search results. Send comments and suggestions for the site to uscode@mail.house.gov.

SCOTUSblog Symposiums

SCOTUSblog has been hosting a series of on-line symposiums this summer on controversial legal issues. Numerous guest bloggers/scholars have contributed essays. Topics have included the immigration law case of Arizona v. United States, the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, and the current symposium topic: same sex marriage. William Eskridge and Robert Levy, chairman of the Cato Institute, have posted the first two essays on same sex marriage. All essays are archived under the "Special Features" option at the top of SCOTUSblog home page.

Google Scholar Citation Tracking

Google has launched Google Scholar Citations, a service that helps academic authors compute and track citation metrics on Google Scholar. Google limited the initial launch to "a small number of users" and is not currently accepting new users. There is an option for email notification once the service is open to all. Google Scholar Citations uses a statistical model to gather articles likely written by a particular author. Once the author identifies his or her articles, Google collects citing articles, graphs citations over time, and computes citation metrics. Users can create and view public profiles showing authored articles and citation metrics. Google provides sample profiles for Albert Einstein, Margaret Mead, and mathematician Alonzo Church.

The New York Review of Books

Online access to The New York Review of Books is now available anywhere on OSU's Columbus campus. In addition to current articles and reviews on literature, culture, and politics, the subscription includes access to archived issues dating back to the publication's inception in 1963. Full text searching is available for all issues, and users can browse by issue or author. Also included is access to the New York Review blog and podcasts on various topics.

Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law

Moritz Law Library has been offering Drinko Hall-access to this useful resource on public international law. Now the database is also accessible off-campus with OSU authentication. A May 2011 update added 46 new articles on topics such as amnesties, international administration of territory, and gay rights. Another upload of articles is set for later this month. Full-text searching is available as is browsing by subject, author, and article title.