International Law Powerpoint Presentation

April 24, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Posted in legal digital repositories, PRATT SILS 626, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Today we will talk about what databases you need to know about to be able to locate primary and secondary international law sources.


Worth Monitoring: WORLD BANK GROUP OPENS DATA TO ALL (how reliable and how stable the data remain to be seen)

April 21, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Posted in legal digital repositories, PRATT SILS 626 | 1 Comment

World Development Indicators, Global Development Finance, Africa Development Indicators, and Global Economic Monitor are now free, open, and easy to access at
Recognizing that transparency and accountability are essential to development, the World Bank Group now provides free, open, and easy access to its comprehensive set of data on living standards around the globe—some 2,000 indicators, including hundreds that go back 50 years. The data is available in Arabic, French, and Spanish in addition to English. 

“I believe it’s important to
make the data and knowledge of the World Bank available to everyone,” said World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick. “Statistics tell the story of people in developing and emerging countries and can play an important part in helping to overcome poverty. They are now easily accessible on the Web for all users, and can be used to create new apps for development. ”
The open data announcement coincides with the launch of the World Development Indicators (WDI) 2010, the Bank’s popular statistical resource. Apart from giving open access to the WDI, with nearly 1000 indicators, the initiative also opens up the Global Development Finance (GDF), Africa Development Indicators (ADI), Global Economic Monitor (GEM), and indicators from the Doing Business report.
Access to these new resources is available at, a central web site that makes it easier to find, use, and manipulate data. A data catalog lists the available databases. The Bank will continue to add databases in the months ahead.

Legal Research Using Google Scholar from The Volokh Conspiracy Blog

April 5, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Posted in Ideas | Leave a comment

Perhaps a helpful reading for your weekly assignment on full-text case law research:

Legal Research Using Google Scholar

Orin Kerr • April 5, 2010 1:18 am

Over at, John Wesley Hall suggests that Google Scholar is a very helpful way to find and link to caselaw online. 

I’ve fiddled with it a bit, and I think it’s a great tip. For example, if you want to read cases on the “reasonable expectation of privacy” test, you enter “reasonable expectation of privacy” into Google Scholar, just click on “legal opinions and journals,” and you get a list of cases with their citations that you can read in what seems to be rough order of prominence. The cases themselves are in a very easy-to-read format, with clearly visible page references for pincites to the published reports. You can do a date range search, and each opinion includes links to all the other cited opinions. And if you really want to get into it, check out the Advanced Scholar Search page.

I’ve just started to check this out, but it seems sort of like a free version of Westlaw. It doesn’t have all the same functionality, but the price is certainly right. And the cases actually load faster than Westlaw does. Very cool — yay Internet! 

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