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Bev Butula

Jun 9, 2014

BEV BUTULA: Putting the ‘search’ in ‘research’

When I am conducting research, I will often look for federal agency-created dictionaries and glossaries. They not only provide me with proper definitions, but often will assist me in locating other key terms.

May 28, 2014

BEV BUTULA: It’s a crime not to try this forensic database

The National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law at Stetson University College of Law maintains an interesting database that may be quite beneficial to some.

May 9, 2014

BEV BUTULA: Congressional Research Service revisited

The Congressional Research Service provides policy and legal analysis to Congress. Reports written by the CRS staff are not intended for the public and can be difficult to locate online.

Apr 22, 2014

BEV BUTULA: Book of States a blue book for nation

If you are looking for information on all 50 states, check out the Book of States, a reference tool published by the Council of State Governments.

Apr 14, 2014

BEV BUTULA: Crunching the information

Ever find a database and say to yourself, “Wow, there is a lot of information here, who do I know who would benefit from this?”

Apr 3, 2014

BEV BUTULA: Take a trip through FDsys

Many of us seek out the Government Printing Office’s Federal Digital System to access the U.S. Code, Federal Register, and presidential documents. We go onto the website, grab the information we need, and move on.

Mar 18, 2014

BEV BUTULA: Shining a light on government transparency

It's Sunshine Week. As I mentioned in my March 17, 2011, post, the goal of Sunshine week is to promote government transparency.

Mar 7, 2014

BEV BUTULA: Your ad here

Here's a couple of websites dedicated to print ads and a few sites that index commercials.

Feb 20, 2014

BEV BUTULA: Staying on top of the Dodd-Frank Act

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act continues to bring significant changes to the finance industry. A large number of quality articles and treatises have been written about the Act.

Feb 12, 2014

BEV BUTULA: In search of the best search

I am often asked for suggestions of alternative search engines when Google is not immediately producing the best results. My response, obviously, varies depending on the type of information being sought, but here are a couple of my favorites.

Jan 30, 2014

BEV BUTULA: ECOLEX puts environmental law front and center

ECOLEX is a free online database specializing in environmental law. The coverage is global in nature, and is operated jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization, International Union for Conservation of Nature, and United Nations Environment Programme.

Jan 22, 2014

BEV BUTULA: Set your sights on Cite-Checker

Cite-Checker, is designed as a teaching tool, but can also be used by practitioners when looking to answer very basic citation questions.


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