InSITE highlights selected law-related World Wide Web sites in two ways: as an annotated publication issued electronically and in print; and as a keyword-searchable database.
The law librarians at Cornell evaluate potentially useful Web sites, select the most valuable ones, and provide commentary and subject access to them. These information can be accessed as following:
AHP Diet Drug Settlement
Many nationwide class action suits and settlements have begun to place informative pages on the Internet in order to reach existing and potential members of the classes in question. Legal researchers will often find these sites useful for the legal documents and forms they contain. The Nationwide Class Action Settlement with American Home Products Corporation has posted the Diet Drug Claims Administrative Web Site, managed by the Interim Claims Administrators appointed by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. This site contains a summary of proposed settlement benefits, the class members' guide, the settlement matrix for calculation of compensation benefits, the settlement agreement and all amendments to the agreement, the memorandum and pretrial order approving the class action settlement, and several useful forms for class members. The documents are mostly in PDF format. There is no search engine for the site, but there is an FAQ section.
National Conference of State Legislatures
The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) was founded in 1975 with a stated mission of "improving the quality and effectiveness of state legislatures; fostering interstate communication and cooperation; and ensuring legislatures a strong, cohesive voice in the federal system." State lawmakers and legislative staffers are entitled to the full benefits of membership in NCSL, which include research services, conferences and seminars, and a legislative information database. The NCSL website provides access for registered NCSL members to state legislative directories and reports, plus the ability to search more than 500,000 state documents encompassing legislative policy reports, current and past legislation, state statutes,and 50-state surveys. Public users have access to NCSL news and updates, policy analyses on a wide range of topics, reports, meetings schedules, and a gateway to state legislative sites. A catalog of NCSL print publications is provided; the catalog may be browsed by topic or searched by keyword or phrase. The site has both a site map and a search engine with basic and advanced levels of searching.
Quicklinks offers links to web sites containing news articles relating to legal and regulatory issues involving the Internet and the information society. A subscription to the free weekly newsletter covering a variety of issues including copyright, telecommunications, and security and encryption is available and may be received through electronic mail. The web site includes updates, an events page, and news stories that can be searched alphabetically and chronologically. News stories are written in either French, Spanish or German. Full text Boolean searching is available. Currently the the news archive contains newsletters from November 1998.
United Nations Crime and Justice Information Network
The United Nations Crime and Justice Information Network (UNCJIN) is hosted and supported by the Institute of Applied Computer Science and Information Systems at the University of Vienna. UNCJIN provides hyperlinks to websites containing relevant laws, United States cases, treaties, and constitutions. This site also offers full-text access to documents of the Commissions on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, Congresses on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders, and Convention against Transnational Organized Crime. United Nations rules and standards are available in both text and PDF format. Various United Nations statistical surveys are available concerning crime and justice issues. Direct links are also available to Institutes of the U.N. Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Programme Network as well as to U.N. and other international organizations. UNCJIN offers users extensive information concerning The Centre for International Crime Prevention. In addition, a search engine and site map promote convenient access to the entire UNCJIN website.
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