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Book of Odds

I had to start out the year with a website that can be insightful and entertaining. The Book of Odds is a website that presents the probability things.

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New Reading Level in Google

The buzz on the blogosphere Friday was that Google has released yet another new feature. This new feature is the ability to select the "reading level" of your Google results.

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Utah State Climate Center

One place I stop when looking for current and historical climate data is the Utah State Climate Center. This website contains an extensive amount of data. Some options for the researcher include building climate data sets, viewing radar loops, and dynamic climate reports.

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Government Attic

If you aren't familiar with Government Attic, it is a newly re-designed website that "provides electronic copies of hundreds of interesting Federal Government documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act."

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Online Verdict Information

Morelaw is a great website to gather information on outcomes of civil litigation. This is an excellent free resource to add to your arsenal when conducting verdict or expert witness research. “MoreLaw collects and publishes civil litigation information from the state and federal courts nationwide.”

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New (to me) Smartphone Apps

I am always amazed by the number of legal related apps available for the iPhone, Blackberry, and other smartphones. Here are just a few I discovered recently: The Book of Jargon – This application is a free glossary of corporate ...

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Hello, Goodbye

I often speak to groups about Google and all its features. According to the Google Blog, a feature I have discussed since 2007 will be discontinued.

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FCC License View

On September 14th, the FCC announced the launch of “license view.” The online tool is designed to make license information more accessible to the public.

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Real Phonebook Online

Do you love the convenience of an online telephone directory search, but miss the actual phonebook? Well, AT&T offers the Real Pages Live. The Real Pages is a searchable .pdf of the yellow and white pages for several states.

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FOIA Guidance

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has a very nice webpage dedicated to the Freedom of Information Act. From the homepage’s “FOIA Services” tab, researchers can find a link to the Federal Open Government Guide (10th ed). This ...

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VINCHECK

The National Insurance Crime Bureau provides a service to check VIN numbers to see if the vehicle has been reported stolen, but not recovered, or reported as salvage. The service is called VINCHECK. Per their website, “The National Insurance Crime ...

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Supreme Court Historical Society

I visit the U.S. Supreme Court website regularly. It is an excellent source of information. I didn’t know, until recently however, that for historical materials pertaining to the Supreme Court, that the Supreme Court Historical Society also has a great ...

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2010 Property Assessment Manual

The 2010 Property Assessment Manual (PDF) is now available. The first document lists specific updates for the various chapters. Some items of note include Appendix 21.A which provides a summary of significant court decisions and the detailed information regarding exemptions ...

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day commemorates the men and women who died while serving in the military. In researching these brave individuals, the government provides an extensive amount of information. Below are just a few possible stops for the researcher. The VA maintains ...

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Summary of today’s news

We are always looking for the latest news on various topics. Some people use RSS feeds, while others may rely on Twitter updates. Everyone approaches current awareness differently. One option may be Interceder. Interceder is a mashup that collects the ...

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Union Election Advisor

On May 11th, the Department of Labor announced the release of a new tool to help explain the rights and responsibilities in union officer elections. According the press release, the Union Elections Advisor is designed to help “help millions of ...

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Searching Google Scholar

I have previously posted about using Google Scholar to search case law. The Wisconsin State Law Library has a great article in their latest newsletter on this topic. Included in the piece are two nice videos giving users step by ...

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Google’s “Similar” Feature

Last week, Google announced that they are “launch[ing] a search feature that helps you easily find new websites that are similar to the ones with which you’re already familiar.” This feature has actually been available, but as Google puts it, ...

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Did you know this about…Westlaw

One of the exciting things for me as a researcher is discovering little tidbits about the tools I use. One tool I use daily is Westlaw. It is an excellent resource, and searching it has become almost second nature. So, ...

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Online news junkie?

I LOVE this! Are you often reading news articles online? Do you hate the fact that when you read an article, there is all that “other stuff” surrounding the actual text, such as advertisements, hyperlinks to other articles, etc? Well, ...

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Internet World Statistics

Sometimes I find websites that contain interesting information, but I can’t figure out a “work application.” In many cases, I am sure there are reasons legal researchers may need the data, I’m just drawing a blank. Internet World Statistics falls ...

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