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Opinio Juris - June/July 2011

Scroll down to read about changes to the OSU Libraries search interface, expanded BNA access, the Oxford Reports on International Law, another Making of Modern Law database, and a new look for CALI lessons. For information on other topics, see the Moritz Legal Information Blog and the Moritz Law Library Facebook page.

Changes to OSU Libraries Search Interface

Those using the OSU Libraries website (library.osu.edu) to access the library catalog may have noticed changes to the search interface. There are now three "tabbed" categories for searching: (1) Books and More, (2) Articles, and (3) Search All. To search for books in the OSU, OhioLINK, or WorldCat@OSU catalogs, select the "Books and More" tab and search by keyword, author, title, etc. Choosing the "Articles" tab allows users to search WorldCat@OSU databases for articles. The "Search All" tab allows users to search WorldCat@OSU for both books and articles. For further information, see OSU Libraries' description of WorldCat@OSU and the new search options.

The prior search interface is still available. See the "Library Catalog" link from the Moritz Law Library page.

BNA Publications Accessible Off-Campus

BNA's online publications, currently accessible on-campus, are now also accessible off-campus with OSU authentication. Browse BNA's daily, weekly, and monthly legal news publications alphabetically by publication name or by category including employment and labor, tax, health care, and corporate law.

Oxford Reports on International Law

Moritz Law Library is now providing access to the Oxford Reports on International Law database. The library has been providing access to one component of the database: the International Law in Domestic Courts module. The additional modules now available are International Criminal Law, International Human Rights Law, International Investment Claims, and International Courts of General Jurisdiction. The database provides searchable reports for significant cases on public international law. The reports include a summary of the facts and holding of the case, a brief analysis, and the full text of the opinion. Official English translations are provided when available. The database is available both on-campus and off-campus with OSU authentication.

Another Making of Modern Law Database

Moritz Law Library is now providing access to another Gale Making of Modern Law database: Primary Sources II, 1763-1970. The database covers U.S. legal and social history material including state and territorial codes, municipal codes, and constitutional convention materials. The database's searchable content consists of digitized works from Harvard Law Library, Yale Law Library, and the Law Library of Congress. The database is now combined with the Primary Sources I database (1620-1926) to which the library has been providing access. The consolidated MOML primary sources database is accessible on-campus or off-campus with OSU authentication.

CALI Lessons To Have New Look

The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) has announced that its lessons for the new school year will look "a lot different." The lessons will be accessible from mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads, student lesson scores will be automatically saved in an account profile, and copying and pasting from lessons will be possible. CALI also promises "advanced built-in features" for faculty. The new lessons are accessible via a beta link within each lesson. A July 13 webcast about the new lessons interface is available on CALI's YouTube channel.