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Federal Statutory Codes: Free (official? authentic?) Research Here?

I recently wrote about the fact that website distribution of digitally-signed PDF facsimiles of the “classic” printed versions of certain Government Printing Office publications made it possible to do “official” research into federal administrative regulations freely, online. Among those free resources is the Code of Federal Regulations, the codification of federal administrative-agency regulations. There isn’t …Read the Rest

United Nations: Mini Research Lesson

  Background Fifty nation-states (“states”) met in San Francisco, California, from April 25-June 26, 1945, ultimately signing the United Nations Charter that created one of the largest and most influential international organizations in the world as of Oct. 24, 1945. This effort at improving international relations built upon previous prospective efforts, such as the Atlantic …Read the Rest

Searching My EBSCOhost

A familiar database has a new look. The EBSCO suite of databases, has a new search and display option called Visual Display. Fairly familiar basic and advanced searching selections remain (and a button to view and interact with your search history). But the new Visual Display allows the researcher to see an interactive map, or …Read the Rest

$9.99: U.S. v. Apple, Hachette Book Group, et al.

Case Filings from the U.S. Department of Justice, including the complaint and related filings On April 11, 2012, The Department of Justice sued Apple, Inc and five book publishers (Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin, & Simon & Schuster) for civil antitrust violations of the Sherman Act. Apple and the book publishers, which owned 80% of the …Read the Rest

State and Local Issue: Hydraulic Fracturing

Federal, Ohio, and Regional Maps Books Selected Legal Articles, Notes, and Comments News/Current Awareness Articles Hydraulic fracturing (aka “fracking”/fracing) has taken center stage both in Ohio and in the nation recently. Federal efforts include President Obama’s Executive Order to support “safe and responsible” fracking and more recent, if more mundane, federal administrative rules governing air …Read the Rest

Free, Official, Federal Regulatory Research

Code of Federal Regulations Updating List of Sections Affected Federal Register Unofficial Shortcut – the eCFR A Valuable Middle-Way: the CFR on LII In finding free, or very low cost, ways to conduct legal research one of the obstacles is often the unofficial status of freely available web-based tools. In other cases, even where the …Read the Rest