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Opinio Juris - March 2011

Scroll down to read about CALI's eLangdell Project, RIA Checkpoint, HeinOnline's most-cited authors, the Chronicling America newspaper archive, and the Library of Congress' Science Tracer Bullets.

CALI's eLangdell Project

The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) has been at the forefront of developing legal textbooks compatible with various smart phones and digital readers. As part of its eLangdell Stimulus Project, CALI has called for law professors to send proposals for e-casebook chapters. CALI pays a small stipend per chapter for accepted proposals. Instructors will eventually be able to freely customize e-casebooks and course packets from materials available through eLangdell. According to CALI, law students will be able to access eLangdell materials for free in a variety of formats.

RIA Checkpoint

The tax database RIA Checkpoint is now accessible either on-campus or off-campus. The database offers a wide variety of materials on both federal and state tax issues. Included are the Internal Revenue Code and regulations, IRS rulings and releases, pending tax legislation, the U.S. Tax Reporter, daily tax news, and several tax-related journals. State tax laws, regulations, and related court decisions are also accessible. Users can browse using Checkpoint's hierarchical table of contents or conduct full-text searches across the entire collection or within individual sections. There are also numerous calculators for computations related to such areas as credit cards, investment, mortgage, and retirement.

HeinOnline's Most-Cited Authors

HeinOnline recently reported the 50 most-cited legal scholars in its vast law journal library. HeinOnline's library includes digital reproductions of well over 1000 law journal titles with coverage beginning in the 19th century and extending to all but the most recently issued journal editions. While no Moritz scholars are yet on this list, Ohio State Law Journal, established in 1935, is on the list of most-cited law journals. Here are the top five from the most-cited authors list:

1. Sunstein, Cass R. cited 14,694 times in 284 articles.
2. Posner, Richard A. cited 14,225 times in 274 articles.
3. Easterbrook, Frank H. cited 7,793 times in 92 articles.
4. Epstein, Richard A. cited 6,311 times in 300 articles.
5. Coffee, John C. Jr. cited 5,882 times in 73 articles.

Chronicling America Newspaper Archive

The Library of Congress has added 178,000 pages and 25 new titles to its freely accessible Chronicling America website, a digital archive of U.S. newspapers published between 1860 and 1922. The archive is a project of the National Digital Newspaper Program in partnership with the LOC and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The archive currently includes newspapers from 22 states (including Ohio) and the District of Columbia. Users can conduct full-text searches of the entire newspaper collection or search within specific titles.

Library of Congress' Science Tracer Bullets

The Library of Congress offers online bibliographic guides called Science Tracer Bullets for research on science and technology issues. Topics are wide-ranging and include automotive safety, biotechnology, bridges, forensic sciences, geothermal energy, introductory physics, and more. For each topic, the guides provide a brief introduction and a listing of relevant books, journal articles, and online resources. While some guides contain more up to date sources than others, the guides can often provide a useful starting point when legal research crosses over into an unfamiliar science or technology topic.