Legal blogs are helpful free resources where you can find updates on emerging trends, and analysis of topical issues. Each year, the ABA Journal releases a feature called Blawg 100, in which it compiles a list of the top 100 blogs. This year’s list may be found at: http://www.abajournal.com/magazine/article/the_9th_annual_blawg_10. Looking for more? Check out our research guides on Law Blogs and Finding News & Keeping Current as a Lawyer.
Lately, there have been many high-profile sports cases featured in the news. Today, for instance, the National Labor Relations Board (N.L.R.B.) released a decision denying Northwestern student athletes’ request to form a union. Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady and the N.F.L. are also currently before the U.S. District Court, debating Brady’s four-game suspension in the upcoming season.
If you are interested in reading more about these or other decisions, there are several sources that you can turn to. For example, the N.L.R.B’s decision is accessible from their website, and may be found here. You may also find secondary sources to be helpful. The Boston Globe, for instance, has written a story on the Brady’s suspension, which analyzes the dispute and includes links to some of the motions filed in the case. Looking for more? Just ask a reference librarian!
Looking for data to incorporate into your class paper or research memo? You may want to check out American FactFinder, a free site created by the United States Census Bureau. American FactFinder allows you to search for a community by state, county, city, or zip code. Once you pinpoint the location that you are interested in, American FactFinder displays a profile of the area. This profile includes information on age, race, gender, education level, income, language, poverty level, and the number of veterans in a community. Below, for example, is the profile for Boston.
For more information on this and other helpful resources, check out our Statistics & Big Data Resources research guide.
With Memorial Day past and the first day of summer fast approaching, summer reading lists and suggestions are beginning to appear. If nothing else, these can serve as reminders
to reclaim a pleasure that may have been consumed by the busyness of law school.
Below are some of the other interesting lists we have seen so far. We’ll add to list of lists as interesting new ones appear.
- The Vox summer reading list: 28 picks
- Bustle: 17 of the best books of Summer 2015
- Harper’s Bazaar: Female Literati Pick Summer’s Best Books
- Huffington Post: 21 Books from the Last 5 Years that Every Woman Should Read
- Bill Gates: Beach Reading (and More)
- Entertainment Weekly: 10 big fat beach reads to look out for this summer
- Rhode Island College: Hot Books for Summer Reading, 2015
- Publishers Weekly: Top 10 Summer Reads 2015
- The Advocate: The 15 Best LGBT Summer Reads Include Anne Rice, Kevin Sessums
- Goodreads: Popular Summer 2015 Books
- Boston Globe: Suggested Summer Books
- Washington Post: A Unique Summer Reading List–From College Admissions Deans and Counselors
- The New Yorker: What We’re Reading This Summer (writers on their reading lists)
- TEDBlog: Your summer reading list: 70+ book picks from TED speakers and attendees
- On Point (NPR), Best Summer Reading: 2015 (radio program and lists of guests)
Whatever your reading interests or genre: enjoy!
Looking for the laws of another country? The Law Library of Congress has created a Nations webpage, which allows you to search for executive, judicial, and legislative resources by country. These resources are pulled from other online databases and websites. For example, below, please find the entry for Morocco, which includes information from sources such as Amnesty International and the U.S. Department of State. (Click on the image to make it larger.)
This webpage is maintained by the Law Library of Congress, which also allows you to search for legal commentary by topic. For more information on this subject, check out our LibGuides on Foreign Law and International Law.
Looking for community information or a notice of a foreclosure or government contract? You may want to try searching for public notices, which are typically published in local newspapers. To locate recently published Massachusetts public notices online, check out http://ma.mypublicnotices.com/PublicNotice.asp. This site is free to use, and allows you to refine your search to a specific date range, category, keyword or newspaper.
The content included on free legal resources sometimes has a tendency to change. This is the case, for example, on the Massachusetts Governor’s website. Every time Massachusetts elects a new Governor, the Governor’s website shifts to accommodate the new administration. Governor Baker has been revising his website, and it now contains a variety of useful information. For instance, under the “Press Office” tab, you can download the Governor’s press releases, speeches, and daily public schedule. The website also includes links, as well as brief summaries, of the Governor’s executive orders and the pieces of legislation that he has filed. Finally, to help you keep abreast of current events, the website also includes a News & Updates section as well as a list of the Governor’s tweets. This website may be accessed at: http://www.mass.gov/governor/.
Yesterday, the Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries hosted a reception to celebrate 200 years of free legal information in the Commonwealth. In conjunction with this event, they created a book that traces their history. If you are interested in checking this book out, it may be found online at: http://www.mass.gov/courts/docs/lawlib/mtcll200.pdf.
Looking for an article? Consider checking out the Law Journal Library on HeinOnline. This collection includes American Bar Association journals, U.S. law journals, and international law journals. To access it, either click on the HeinOnline link in the Quick Links box on the Fineman and Pappas Law Libraries’ homepage or find it on the Libraries’ eResources A-Z List.
You may also want to try using the American Bar Association’s Legal Technology Resource Center (LTRC). As noted on its website, this “free search engine searches the free full-text of over 400 online law reviews and law journals, as well as document repositories hosting academic papers and related publications such as Congressional Research Service reports.” It also provides links to a variety of law journal websites. To search LTRC, type a title, author name, or subject (such as environmental law or family law) into the search box.
If you are researching an area of law that you are unfamiliar with, you may want to consider checking out Zimmerman’s Research Guide, a free online resource that is hosted by LexisNexis. This Guide is organized by topic, which range from broad areas of the law to entries on a particular state or country. Within each entry, you can find a description of the topic as well as links to books, databases, and websites. Entries also include a “See also” section, which highlights other topics that may be related to your search. For example, the “See also” section of the Zoning guide directs viewers to Local Laws and Real Estate. Zimmerman’s Research Guide may be found at: http://law.lexisnexis.com/infopro/zimmermans/.