“Free Public Access to Federal Materials on Guide to Law Online
October 14, 2014 by Donna Sokol
This is a guest post by Ann Hemmens, legal reference librarian at the Law Library of Congress.
Through an agreement with the Library of Congress, the publisher William S. Hein & Co., Inc. has generously allowed the Law Library of Congress to offer free online access to historical U.S. legal materials from HeinOnline. These titles are available through the Library’s web portal, Guide to Law Online: U.S. Federal, and include ….” [Link to blog post and guide.]
This is more amazing than you might imagine. Access include the following!
United States Code 1925-1988 (includes content up to 1993)
United States Reports v. 1-542 (1754-2004)
Code of Federal Regulations (1938-1995)
Federal Register v. 1-58 (1936-1993)
Thank you, thank you, thank you to HeinOnline AND the Law Library of Congress!!
“Student Research Resources Library,” by Marcus P. Zillman. LLRX, on October 11, 2014
(Remember when all you needed was a paper, pens, lunch, keys, and milk money?)
“Clients and Suicide: The Lawyer’s Dilemma,” by Ken Strutin, Published in LLRX on October 11, 2014
“Internet-of-Things (IOT) Resources,” by Marcus P. Zillman, Published on October 11, 2014
…. The Internet of Things (IOT) Resources
The Internet of Things is the network of physical objects that contain embedded technology to communicate and sense or interact with their internal states or the external environment….” [Link to the IOT Resource guide.]
About once a quarter we’re asked about where to find IRS Private Letter Rulings and other IRS documents that used to be tough to find outside a law library that subscribed to expensive tax databases and treatises.
You can still find these documents in the usual fee-based resources, Lexis, Westlaw, and (maybe) Bloomberg (we don’t subscribe to Bloomberg, so I don’t know).
But there are also some free sources. One of those is Legalbitstream: “Your Source for Free Federal Tax Law Research, Comprehensive and timely updated databases.”
You can find other sources for IRS Private Letter Rulings, and other IRS documents, from InfoPro Zimmerman’s Research Guide, Internal Revenue Service. (For more legal research tips, visit Zimmerman’s Research Guide Homepage.)
Fourth Annual Oregon Archives Crawl (Portland-based)
Saturday, October 18th
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
“Everyone is invited to join us for the 4th Oregon Archives Crawl this October in celebration of Oregon Archives Month. Travel between the Portland Archives and Records Center, the Multnomah County Central Library and the Oregon Historical Society. At each location there will be a variety of activities to choose from so you might want to start early.
The Portland Archives and Records Center (PARC) is happy to be hosting nine organizations this year ….” [Link to website for full details.]
You can link to this Superseded OAR grid from our What’s New and our Document Index (under the letter O) pages and – wonk alert – see a picture of first page of the first Oregon Administrative Rule Bulletin, from May 1, 1958.
Thank you to all the librarians who helped me compile this grid!
And remember, It’s Not All Online.
The dance of legislation has more steps and rules (and foot and toe stomping opportunities) than a few words defined, but learning the Language of Congress is a good place to start:
“Sessions, Adjournments, and Recesses of Congress,“ by Richard S. Beth, Specialist on Congress and the Legislative Process, and Jessica Tollestrup, Analyst on Congress and the Legislative Process, February 27, 2013:
“The House and Senate use the terms session, adjournment, and recess in both informal and more formal ways, but the concepts apply in parallel ways to both the daily and the annual activities of Congress. A session begins when the chamber convenes and ends when it adjourns. A recess, by contrast, does not terminate a session, but only suspends it temporarily…. [Link to full CRS Report
A regular annual session of Congress begins when the two chambers convene in January, pursuant to the Constitution (or to law). An annual session ends with an adjournment sine die. Until the next annual session convenes, Congress is then in a period of sine die adjournment (or “intersession recess”). If the President were to call an additional, “extraordinary” session, it would be procedurally similar to a regular annual session. …” [Link to full CRS report.]
Gallagher law librarians alert us to the BestLaw add-on: Bestlaw – Improving WestlawNext Citations and Functionality
Direct link to bestlaw dot io (“A browser extension to add the features Westlaw forgot”)
A lot of “law & tech” endeavors often widen the gap between the legal haves and have-nots (think “digital dead end“), but this Law Decoded project (in progress) shows real promise, in addition to having a high cool factor, which never hurts. And even if it stalls, the intention, to make the law truly readable and “accessible” to all, should never be forgotten or lost in that legal-tech forest where you find a plethora of fancier A2J endeavors.
“Discover the Code of Virginia: THE LAWS OF VIRGINIA, FOR NON-LAWYERS.
Virginia Decoded provides the Code of Virginia on one friendly website. Inline definitions, cross-references, bulk downloads, a modern API, and all of the niceties of modern website design. It’s like the expensive software lawyers use, but free and wonderful….” [Link to Virginia Decoded.]