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Scottish Independence Decision – by Law not War

Scotland will not become an independent country.* This was decided by a majority of voters, who answered a straightforward question: “Do you agree that Scotland should be an independent country?” With two pieces of legislation “individuals 16 years and older living in Scotland” determined if Scotland would no longer be part of the United Kingdom. …Read the Rest

Cite Checking and the Library

Congratulations to all the new 2L associate editors of the Journal of International Law, Health Matrix, and the Case Western Reserve Law Review. The library is here to help you find sources efficiently and effectively. Librarians with at least 100 years combined source-finding experience are available to help you at the reference desk. Use the 15-minute …Read the Rest

Marijuana*

In the news this week is a story about a bill to allow some strains of marijuana to be legalized under federal Law.** Charlotte’s Web Medical Hemp Act of 2014 (H.R. 5226) was introduced by Congressman Scott Perry (R-PA) in July. The bill is named for Charlotte Figi, who suffers from life threatening seizures. Cannabis oil …Read the Rest

New Research Guide: Judges and Judging Finding and Using Data

A new research guide “Judges and Judging: Finding and Using Data” has been added to the library website.  The first part of this research guide is to help users locate data about judges and judging. The second part offers examples of how this type of data can be used. From the guide: Often articles about …Read the Rest

The Upshot

A recent Fact Tank chart of the week, “Another way to see employment,” by Drew Desilver introduced me to another blog that often discusses data in their posts. The Upshot is a New York Times blog which “provides news, analysis and graphics about politics, policy and everyday life.” The Fact Tank post discussed a chart in The Upshot …Read the Rest

Misuse of Data

Last week an op-ed in the Washington Post, by W. Bradford Wilcox and Robin Fretwell Wilson, claimed that the data supports the argument, “One way to end violence against women? Stop taking lovers and get married.”*  The following day a FiveThirtyEight post claimed that the article misused data to support its argument. Two issues struck Mona Chalabi, the author of the …Read the Rest