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General Reference

  • CFLC Reference Desk (everything from abbreviations to weather reports from the Central Florida Library Cooperative)
  • Miami-Dade Public Library (gives access to the catalog for the public library; with a Miami-Dade library card, users can also search electronic databases)
  • Refdesk.com (browse or search general reference material from an atomic clock to the Old Farmer's Almanac, also provides a searchable dictionary)
  • Yahoo (as one of the first web search tools, Yahoo has categorized many of the general use material on the web. For true reference material, try the Reference section)
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (4500 open-access, scholarly journals)
  • Open Access Magazines (Google's archive of general interest magazines)
  • Project Gutenberg (Books, audio-books and other material in the public domain)

Statistics

News

Websites of the Month

  • Famous Trials (detailed information on famous trials, including the Salem Witchcraft Trials, the Leopold & Loeb Trial, the Amistad Trials and many more)
  • Oyez (access to the full text of major constitutional law decisions, recorded oral arguments of many recent U.S. Supreme Court cases, and more)
  • American Memory (hosted by the Library of Congress, this site includes historical documents, photographs, films, sheet music, oral histories, recorded speeches and more. See also the Florida Memory Project.)
  • Florida Courts (web site for the Florida Court system, which provides information from the Supreme Court (e.g. opinions, court rules, calendars), the District Courts of Appeal and the Circuit Courts.)
  • Department of Homeland Security (information about Homeland Security and information about the creation of the new department itself. Also see Ready.gov for suggestions on preparing for threats to security.)
  • Regulations.gov (lists federal rules currently open for comment and provides a web-based comment form)
  • Avalon Project (important 18th - 21st century documents)
  • sunEthics (links to Florida, other states, and federal ethics documents)
  • Florida Department of Children & Families (electronic forms and publications as well as information on each program in this department, from adoption to domestic violence)
  • Election Law at Moritz (devoted to election law topics, from voting equipment to campaign finance)
  • Findlaw (state and federal cases and codes, legal news and analysis and more)
  • EUR-Lex (database for European Union legal documents, include decisions, treaties, legislation, the Official Journal, and more)
  • Bar Exam Preparation Guide (lists useful web sites, study guides and articles to help get ready for the bar. It also has previous Florida essay exams, a list of subjects tested on the multistate and Florida bars, and more.)
  • State Court Structure Charts (provides colorful charts outlining the court structure for each state)
  • CARICOM (web site for the Caribbean Community)
  • LLSDC Legislative Source Book (provides information on compiling legislative histories)
  • Florida Family Law Court Forms (self-help site for family law)
  • Florida Constitution (compilation of documents related to the Florida Constitution)
  • UK Statute Law Database (Acts and Statutes from the United Kingdom)
  • GovTrack (users can track current federal legislation)
  • The Robing Room (gives lawyers the opportunity to anonymously rate the judges)

Legal News

Law Reviews

  • Directory of Open Access Journals - Listing of law journals that provide open access to their articles. Also provides a list of journals for other subjects from the main page
  • Hein Online - Hein Online has four major library collections: the Law Journal Library (including older issues of journals), the Federal Register Library (1936-1990), the Treaties and Agreements Library, and the U.S. Supreme Court Library. All of these libraries are image-based and fully-searchable, meaning that they provide exact page images and enable the researcher to view all pages as they originally appeared.
  • Legal Scholarship Network Each LSN journal issue contains abstracts of recent working or accepted papers and comes in the form of indiviudally delivered e-mail messages. (To sign-up for the e-mail service, click on "Subscribe to Networks and Journals)
  • Santa Clara Journal of International Law first published in March 2003 as an entirely electronic international law journal.
  • University Law Review Project
  • USC Legal Journals on the Web

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