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Free Websites, Blogs, & Rss Feeds

  1. 1. Free websites, blogs, & RSS feeds for federal law Meg Kribble Emerging Technologies, Reference, & Instructional Services Librarian Shepard Broad Law Center - Nova Southeastern University January 18, 2008
  2. 2. Why use free websites? <ul><li>Many are trustworthy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>.gov, .edu </li></ul></ul><ul><li>May not always have Lexis/Westlaw </li></ul><ul><li>Use for initial research before turning to L/W </li></ul><ul><li>Save $$$ </li></ul>
  3. 3. Official federal government websites <ul><li>US Courts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.uscourts.gov/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Supreme Court </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.supremecourtus.gov/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>11 th Circuit Court of Appeals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.ca11.uscourts.gov/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>PACER (court records – see a librarian for access) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://pacer.psc.uscourts.gov/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Congress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.house.gov and http://www.senate.gov </li></ul></ul><ul><li>THOMAS (legislative info) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://thomas.loc.gov </li></ul></ul><ul><li>USA.gov (U.S. government web portal and search engine) </li></ul><ul><li>White House </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.whitehouse.gov/ </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Other free federal law websites <ul><li>NSU Law Library recommended websites </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.nsulaw.nova.edu/library_tech/library/resources/internet.cfm </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cornell Legal Information Institute </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.law.cornell.edu/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>FindLaw federal materials </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.findlaw.com/casecode/index.html#federal </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Lexisone.com > find cases for free </li></ul><ul><li>Open Congress </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.opencongress.org/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Villanova federal courts locator </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.law.vill.edu/library/researchandstudyguides/federalcourtlocator.asp </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Legal news sites <ul><li>ABA Journal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://abajournal.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Jurist </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NY Times Supreme Court news </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/s/supreme_court/index.html </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NY Times Congress news </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/organizations/c/congress/index.html </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Washington Post Courts news </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/nation/courts/ </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Why read blogs? <ul><li>Instant reactions and analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Discussion in comments </li></ul><ul><li>Legal bloggers include: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Professors </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lawyers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Judges </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Law librarians </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Law students </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>etc. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Use RSS feeds to get updates from all the sites and blogs you read delivered to one place </li></ul>
  7. 7. Must-read federal law blogs <ul><li>SCOTUS blog </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.scotusblog.com/wp/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>U.S. Supreme Court blog </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://ussc.blogspot.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Southern District of Florida blog </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.sdfla.blogspot.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pssst…don’t forget Novalawcity, the Law Center blog: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://nsulaw.typepad.com/novalawcity </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Legal blog directories <ul><li>Blawg </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.blawg.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Justia BlawgSearch </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://blawgsearch.justia.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ABA Journal Directory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.abajournal.com/blawgs </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. How to get RSS feeds & subscribe to blogs <ul><li>Outlook or Internet Explorer 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Firefox </li></ul><ul><li>Bloglines </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.bloglines.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Google Reader </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://reader.google.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>3-minute video primer on RSS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>how you can read more online in less time! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.commoncraft.com/rss_plain_english </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. RSS feeds <ul><li>Cornell Legal Info Institute Supreme Court decisions feeds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/subscribe.html </li></ul></ul><ul><li>11 th Circuit Court of Appeals opinions feed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.ca11.uscourts.gov/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Washington Post congressional feeds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/rss/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Make your own in Google News and other sites </li></ul>
  11. 11. Questions? <ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>954-262-6201 </li></ul>

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