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Online options for researching attorneys

There are occasions when researching another attorney makes sense. Evaluating potential co-counsel is a common situation. However, it may also be necessary when conducting a lateral hire search or educating yourself on opposing counsel. This article outlines a few online ...

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Do you use Adobe Acrobat?

I can’t imagine too many of us go a day without using Adobe Acrobat. I wanted to mention a blog that you may find useful – Acrobat for Legal Professionals. Rick Borstein, a Business Development Manager at Adobe, is the ...

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National Conference of State Legislatures

The National Conference of State Legislatures is a “bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories.” Their website also provides researchers with a tremendous amount of information on state and federal ...

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Searchme.com

So many search engines, so little time. I realize I just posted on Sputtr last week, but I couldn’t pass up sharing information on another interesting search engine. Mary Ellen Bates of Bates Information Services has a terrific review of ...

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Stanford Copyright & Fair Use Center

Questions on fair use? Need guidance regarding the permission process? Interested in monitoring cases and legislation dealing with copyright and fair use? Well, the Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources, along with their sponsors, maintain a site that can ...

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Sputtr

I have often emphasized the importance of using more than one search engine when conducting research. Well, how about the ability to pick from a variety of engines from a single location? Check out Sputtr. First off, I have to ...

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Nursing Home Information

The Medicare website provides an interesting tool entitled “Nursing Home Compare.” The purpose is to “provide detailed information about the past performance of every Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing home in the country.” The site allows the researcher to query ...

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Martindale Hubbell Law Digest Online

The Martindale Law Digest is an extremely useful tool for obtaining information for various jurisdictions. For years, the Digest consisted of hardbound volumes within your Martindale set. As time progressed, they moved to a CD version. Well, now it is ...

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MetaGlossary

I am always looking for new websites that can help me be more efficient and effective at work. Over at Alt Search Engines, there is a review of a new online dictionary called MetaGlossary. So, I had to test it ...

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Books within a series

I am currently on vacation in Idaho, so this post is going to be about something I enjoy — reading. (Big surprise for a librarian) My husband is an avid fly fisherman and I, well, sit at the campsite and ...

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Executive Office

Don’t forget to check the White House website for news and documentation from the Executive Office. The “Current News” section not only includes relevant stories, but can also provide audio, video, and supporting documents. Remember to look for related “Press ...

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Two stops for drug information

Looking for drug information? There are several good sites out there. One you might want to check is PDRHealth. PDRHealth describes itself as a “consumer Web portal of the Physicians’ Desk Reference (PDR®), which has provided trusted and authoritative drug ...

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Don’t forget to evaluate

We spend time investigating many things in our lives, but often times we do not investigate the source of our online information. The Web is comprised of thousands of quality sites, providing invaluable data, research and guidance. Unfortunately, it also ...

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50 State Surveys

Over at the Law Librarian Blog and the Adjunct Law Prof Blog, are two great posts about the Open Government Guide. The guide is described as “a complete compendium of information on every state’s open records and open meetings laws.” ...

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Banking Dictionaries

UBS, the financial entity, has a nice banking dictionary on their website. It is currently in the 2007 edition. It contains over 2400 terms and is a very simple interface. It is one of the most comprehensive that I have ...

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Create maps, tables, charts

The Reinvestment Fund has developed a new site called PolicyMap.com. This mapping website defines itself as “an innovative geographic information system which allows you to easily create custom maps, tables, and charts.” They offer “over 4,000 indicators related to demographics, ...

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Legal Citation

There are some noteworthy online resources for free legal citation information. The first is the Introduction to Basic Legal Citation part of Cornell’s Legal Information Institute. According to the summary page, “it was most recently revised in May 2007 to ...

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Tracking down wildlife disease information

Environmental attorneys and those interested in wildlife might benefit from this news. Earlier this month, the Wildlife Disease Information Node (WDIN), released the Global Wildlife Disease News Map. WDIN (a collaboration of UW-Madison, the National Wildlife Health Center, and the ...

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Findlaw Provides Legal Technology Center

Many attorneys utilize Findlaw for case or statutory research, but did you know they maintain a Legal Technology Center? The focus of the site appears to be electronic discovery issues; however the researcher can find news on software, hardware, communications ...

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Insurance Resources

The University Of Connecticut School Of Law offers an insurance law program. As a result, they have a great research website that might be worth checking out. A collection of links to online resources is available in several categories including ...

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Gas Guide

While not exactly law related, I had to do some research on gas prices. I thought I would share some of the data I found. The government offers some helpful information on FuelEconomy.gov. The EPA and Department of Energy maintain ...

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Safer Cars

Consumer information on vehicle safety and recalls can be found at SaferCar.gov. The site is part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and offers several databases. Search for vehicle recalls/defects or child restraint recalls. A relatively new feature is ...

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Google Government – State Search

When searching for government related information, many people rely on Google Government to help narrow their results. This is a great method to eliminate commercial sites. However, a query from this search engine can produce both Federal and State sites. ...

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Tap the Power

The Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau’s Library offers a variety of services and resources to make a researcher’s job easier. The “Tap the Power” series is a personal favorite. Tap the Power guides are annotated bibliographies of in-house and quality online ...

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Try another search engine

We all know that different search engines produce different search results. Unfortunately, it seems we don’t always remember that when conducting research. Most people I talk to utilize Google as their primary search engine, others use Live Search. I would ...

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The IRS on Tax Exempt Organizations

The IRS has great resources on tax-exempt organizations. Many researchers visit the site regularly for the searchable Publication 78, Cumulative List of Organizations. Another feature worth noting is the “collection of links to State government web sites.” From here, searchers ...

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Humor from the legal perspective

April Fool’s Day is always great for a joke or two and we have all heard our share of lawyer jokes. There is a Web site however, that provides some humor from the legal perspective. Stu’s Views offers fun legal ...

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Who acquired whom in the banking world?

The National Information Center “provides comprehensive information on banks and other institutions for which the Federal Reserve has a supervisory, regulatory, or research interest including both domestic and foreign banking organizations operating in the U.S.” This website contains a database ...

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