Internet Searching and Archiving: It Doesn’t Get Better; It Gets a Whole Lot Worse

Two recent articles worth reading if you want to research online and recall the past:

Net for Lawyers: Google’s News Search is in Even Worse Condition Than we First Thought, Another in an Unfortunately Growing Series of Articles about Google Search Problems

“The Cobweb: Can the Internet be archived? by Jill Lepore, New Yorker, Jan. 26, 2015 issue.

See previous OLR post: Save that Webpage to the Internet Archive!

Link to Perma cc website.

Legal Publishers and Audio News: Where’s the Playlist?

From Dewey B Strategic (always worth reading – not sure if there is an audio version):

Tuesday, June 2, 2015: “Listen up: Isn’t it time for Legal Publishers to Offer Audio News Playlists? Modio Legal Is Open and Ready For Business” (And read the Comments, too.)

Does This Blog Answer Readers’ Questions?

Short answer: No. (But your questions do give us ideas for future blog posts!)

Longer answer: The two professional law librarians currently posting to this blog serve a county of 500,000+ residents (and the rest of Oregon – and other states and countries on occasion) and run a public law library so we just don’t have the time to answer everyone’s questions. (But you can visit your own county’s Law Library and research your question!)

Longest, and perhaps more useful, answer for those with legal reference or research questions: Please read the legal research tips we provided in our August 2010 blog post:

Responses to “Oregon Legal Research Blog” Reader Legal Questions

LAST, keep in mind, this is a Legal Research blog, NOT a fee-based or free legal research service. It does not perform your legal research or provide you with legal advice, legal analysis, or legal interpretations. For those services you’ll need to talk to your elected officials or an attorney. (See also our Oregon Legal Assistance Resource Guide.)

Other Disclaimers:

It is against state law for library staff members to engage in any conduct that might constitute the unauthorized practice of law (ORS 9.160, 9.166 and 9.21). They may not interpret statutes, cases or regulations, perform legal research, recommend or assist in the preparation of forms, or advise patrons regarding their legal rights. They may, however, assist patrons in locating materials or links that would aid in individual research.

If you have a legal problem, please consult an attorney. The Oregon State Bar Information and Referral Service has a toll free number to call to get names of attorneys in your area; call their referral service at 503-684-3763 or 1-800-452-7636.

Searching Case Law with Google Scholar: New and Improved

Google Scholar Case Law Evolves by Mark Giangrande, Law Librarian blog:

Excerpt: “…. Google is hardly a substitute for any of the commercial databases as it does not have the value-added features such as secondary sources and others. At the same time, anyone searching Scholar’s case law database can do so with a good amount of confidence in my opinion….” [Google Scholar Case Law Evolves]

Alternative Legal Research Databases for New and Experienced Lawyers

From the Gallagher Law Library Blog: Alternative Legal Research Databases

When you think of online legal research, LexisAdvance, WestlawNext, or BloombergLaw probably spring to mind. With summer fast approaching, it may be worthwhile to explore some alternative legal research databases….” [Link to Gallagher Law Library blog post.]

Preventing Link Rot: Lawyer and Librarian Friend Perma cc Wins Webby Award

From ABA News: “Site aiming to prevent ‘link rot’ for legal researchers wins 2015 Webby,” by Molly McDonough, 4/27/15:

Excerpt: “A service that enables courts and researchers to make permanent links to research found on the Web has won a Webby Award for best legal site of 2015.

Perma.cc, developed by the Harvard Law School Library and supported by a network of more than 60 law libraries, takes on the widespread problem of broken or defunct Web links, also known as “link rot,” which can that can undermine research by scholars and courts….” [Link to full ABA article.]

And don’t forget to save your websites to the Internet Archive for future reference.

New Multnomah Law Library Website: Services, Databases, Catalog and More

The library is a growing organism.” [Ranganathan, the fifth of “Five Laws of Library Science”]

Visit the new website of the Multnomah Law Library for your legal research adventures. Note that Saturday hours have returned, remote and in-library database access is expanding, and the online catalog will earn its keep as a time-saver.

And don’t forget the Oregon legal research databases I featured in last week’s blog posts, from the State Law Library and OSB.

(Note the absence of the the word “county” in the law library’s name. The Multnomah Law Library is a nonprofit organization, not a county department, unlike other county law libraries in Oregon.)

New and Free Legal Database for Oregon Legal Researchers

Oregonians Rejoice: EBSCO Legal Information Reference Center has arrived. (Yes, thank the State of Oregon Law Librarian!)

This database contains NOLO Legal information books and much more.

This database is available to all Oregonians. (Other states, public libraries, and law libraries have their own access protocols.)

Save That Webpage to the Internet Archive!

It’s easy! Visit the Internet Archive. Click on Web. Enter the URL you want saved into the “Save Page Now” box. Voila!

For example, I linked in a previous blog post to this article: “Never trust a corporation to do a library’s job.”

But, let’s say, the article vanishes in the fullness of time from that particular URL and you can’t find another URL location for it via Google. You will still be able to see the article at the Internet Archive since I used theirSave Page Now” service.

Internet Archived version: “Never trust a corporation to do a library’s job.”

Beyond February 14th: Love, Adultery, and Madness in American History

If you think you live in the most interesting of times, you are not reading enough history – or not reading the right wild and crazy stories that make reading history so absorbing and enlightening. The Library of Congress has marvelous history in small bites blog posts, like this one:

“Love, Adultery, and Madness,” February 13, 2015 by Robert Brammer, Law Library of Congress

Excerpt: “It is often said that love can drive you mad. As further evidence, take the 19th Century case that is said to have introduced the defense of temporary insanity in American jurisprudence. This case resulted from an affair between the wife of a member of Congress and one of Francis Scott Key’s sons….” [Link to full blog post.]