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Home School State Laws

The Home School Legal Defense Association maintains a nice page on their website summarizing the various state home schooling laws. A color coded map of the U.S. provides links to state “analysis.” This document includes statutory sections and educational requirements. ...

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Google Suggest will be Default

Google announced that their “Suggest” product will now be incorporated into your searches. Have you noticed it yet when you search? (As of this writing, it is working in Classic Google, but not on my iGoogle page). Google Suggest is ...

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EDGAR database to become IDEA

The SEC announced that they will be replacing the EDGAR database with a new system called IDEA. The press release link contains a video discussing the benefits of the new system. The SEC states: The new system is called IDEA, ...

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Bureau of Justice Statistics

The Department of Justice maintains a statistics page worth looking at. The page has statistical reports on crime, prosecution, corrections, law enforcement, sentencing, criminal records, and others. Many of the pages include graphs and annual reports. A topic’s initial page ...

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Law Reviews Online

The University of Southern California’s law library has a nice little listing of law reviews that are available online. The index provides the name of the review (with an active link), a brief summary discussing its subject matter, and a ...

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Wish you could find their 800 number?

Occasionally, it can be a challenge to locate a company’s toll free number. I thought I would share a couple of Web sites that might help you find that information. The first is the Internet 800 directory. This directory allows ...

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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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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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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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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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