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Opinio Juris - April 2013

Scroll down to read about mobile access to BNA Law Reports, new UN research guides, the LLMC Digital Library, the availability of GAO reports, and the Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations.

Mobile Access to BNA Law Reports

Bloomberg BNA has launched an iPhone/iPad app providing convenient access to its Law Reports including U.S. Law Week, the Daily Labor Report, World Intellectual Property Report, and more. Users can select certain "Favorite Reports" for more prominent display. If using off-campus, the app may initially ask for a username and password. Contact the reference desk for assistance. As an alternative or addition to the app, email updates of new Law Reports issues are also available. To sign up, see the link at the upper-left of the Moritz Law Library's Bloomberg BNA main page.

UN Research Guides

The United Nations’ Dag Hammarskjold Library recently made available an extensive set of research guides to various UN resources. Included is an overview of UN documentation as well as more specific guides to General Assembly and Security Council documents. A concise explanation of UN document symbols is also available. A more general UN Resources guide provides an A-Z list of resources of the various UN entities, also listing resources by theme such as commerce and trade, environment, and human rights. The library is named for Swedish native Dag Hammarskjold, the second Secretary-General of the UN.

LLMC Digital Library

The Moritz Law Library offers access to the LLMC Digital Library, a vast collection of primary and secondary legal materials provided by the Law Library Microform Consortium, a non-profit library cooperative focusing on the preservation of legal titles and government documents. The digital library consists primarily of older material digitized from print or microform collections. The library covers U.S. federal and state jurisdictions, in addition to a growing collection of foreign and international material. Included in the Ohio collection are searchable House and Senate session journals from the 1850s to the early 1990s. Access LLMC on-campus or off-campus with OSU authentication.

GAO Reports

Reports of the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the non-partisan agency that performs audits and evaluations of federal government programs, are available for browsing on the GAO website by topic and date. Coverage extends back to the 1950s. Reports from 1994 to present are searchable on Westlaw and Lexis. The GAO site provides the option of receiving updates of new reports by email or as an RSS feed. Users can limit updates to cover only reports on certain topics such as education, energy, telecommunications, and tax policy and administration.

Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations

Have you ever been stumped by an obscure legal abbreviation? Try the Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations, a comprehensive resource for the meaning of abbreviations for English language legal publications. Maintained by the Information Services staff at Cardiff University, the index covers law reports and legal periodicals published in the British Isles, Commonwealth, and U.S. jurisdictions. The index also covers some major foreign language publications. Searching options are straightforward, either by abbreviation or legal publication title.