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Opinio Juris - October 2013

Scroll down to read about a survey seeking input on a new Bluebook edition, SCOTUSblog's release of a mobile app, CCH Intelliconnect, Congress.gov, and spooky law review articles.

Bluebook Survey

The editors of the Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation are now working on revisions for a 20th edition. The editors, who are comprised of law review editors at Columbia, Harvard, Penn, and Yale, have created an extensive survey for users to offer input. There is still time to have your survey considered - the deadline is November 8, 2013. As an incentive to complete the survey, the editors are giving away five Kindle Paperwhite e-readers and 20 free copies of the 20th edition to randomly-selected participants. Comments and suggestions are also welcome by email at editor@legalbluebook.com.


SCOTUSblog app

SCOTUSblog, the popular blog covering the Supreme Court, recently released an iPhone/iPad app. The app provides users with mobile access to the same content as the blog in addition to offering push notifications of breaking news. Users can sort content by categories including Features, Breaking News, and Roundup. Viewing the blog's Twitter feed is also possible within the app.


CCH Intelliconnect

The Moritz Law Library provides access to the Commerce Clearing House resource, Intelliconnect. Known for its wide selection of primary and secondary sources on tax law, Intelliconnect also contains additional material on complying with banking, securities, labor and employment, intellectual property, and other areas of law. The resource contains treatises on certain topics such as publishing law and trademark law that include user-friendly online indexes in addition to full-text searching options. Access Intelliconnect on-campus or off-campus with OSU authentication.



The Library of Congress recently announced that users of its website THOMAS.gov, an excellent free resource for current information on federal legislation, will be automatically redirected to the site's succeeding version, Congress.gov (shown above) starting in November. The new site offers a more powerful search function with the ability to search across all content. Users can also conveniently enter a bill number into the main search box and retrieve details of the bill's current status. THOMAS.gov will still be available at the Congress.gov site through late 2014.

Spooky Law Review Articles

In time for Halloween, Cleveland-Marshall's law library has updated its list of the "spookiest" law review articles, judged by title and not necessarily content. Below are the first five on the current list, covering articles since 2011:

  • Steven A. Dean, The Tax Expenditure Budget Is a Zombie Accountant, 46 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 265 (2012).
  • Robert Spoo, “Ah, You Publishing Scoundrel!”: A Hauntological Reading of Privacy, Moral Rights, and the Fair Use of Unpublished Works, 25 Law & Literature 85 (2013).
  • Michael L. Smith, Prosecuting the Undead: Federal Criminal Law in a World of Zombies, 61 UCLA L. Rev. Discourse 44 (2013).
  • Robert B. Thompson, Market Makers and Vampire Squid: Regulating Securities Markets after the Financial Meltdown, 89 Wash. U. L. Rev. 323 (2011).
  • Adam Chodorow, Death and Taxes and Zombies, 98 Iowa L. Rev. 1207 (2013).

The full list is available on the library's blog.