Asylum and Refugee Resources
Asylum and Refugee Resources is a subsection of the University of Minnesota Human Rights Library, which is one of the largest collections of human rights documents on the Internet. More than the typical collection of links, the Library is comprised of fourteen thousand core human rights documents, including several hundred human rights treaties and other primary international human rights instruments. The Asylum and Refugee Resources page contains a general introduction to researching this issue, which explains the use and purpose of the materials. These materials include links to Country Conditions reports from the U.S. State Department; refugee treaties, declarations, and other instruments; and extensive statistical data. Select U.S. federal circuit court cases, and statutory materials from the U.S. and other countries are also available. Visitors may browse by type of material, or use the Library’s unique meta-search engine to query multiple human rights sites. Documents are available in Arabic, English, French, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish.
FirstSource, a product of Reed Construction Data, provides building professionals free access to a comprehensive, current library of commercial building product information. The site’s exclusive national codes resource provides visitors with detailed information on building codes for all 50 states, major cities, and some counties. The site has information on codes and amendments as well as contact information for up to 17 "authorities having jurisdiction" (AHJs) in each market. This site is marketed to building professionals, but legal researchers may find it useful as a finding aid. The code library is helpful in determining which model or uniform code forms the basis of a particular jurisdiction’s building codes, but the full-text of the model or uniform code referenced is not available on the site. Visitors must register with First Source to access the library.
The mission of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community is to provide an interdisciplinary vehicle and forum by which scholars, practitioners, and other interested parties will have the opportunity to articulate their perspectives on family violence and its impact on the African American community. The Institute’s website provides an archive of its newsletters, topically-related links, and offers a mailing list for notification of the Institute’s activities. Researchers will find useful the site’s extensive bibliography, which isn’t limited to works by African American scholars. The topics covered include such issues as elder abuse, child abuse and neglect, violence against women, violence as public and mental health issues, and black males and violence. Unfortunately, the bibliography isn’t dated, so it is difficult to tell when it was last updated or corrected.
In its own words, “nationalissues.com is a non-partisan, issue-oriented research web site that provides information to individuals, voters and students who are interested in truly understanding the major issues facing our nation today. Designed to be an efficient resource for people short on time, nationalissues.com presents summary information on each topic as well as a compilation of experts' views on each of the issues.” This site works hard to present cogent, competing arguments surrounding controversial issues in the national spotlight. Articles are pulled from mainstream, well-respected publications and news sources, leading think tanks, and advocacy groups. Each issue is organized beginning with summary information leading to more in-depth analysis. Readers are provided with hyperlinks to plenty of other sources to allow for follow-up and verification. Visitors to the site will be pleased with the coverage of topics, and leave only wishing that more issues were covered.
According to its webpage, “the mission of the States Inventory Project is to foster the development of the National Information Infrastructure by providing a single clearinghouse for tracking state, territorial, and provincial information infrastructure strategies and activities. By providing a resource for jurisdiction-by-jurisdiction comparative analyses, the States Inventory Project helps the states, territories, and provinces efficiently develop their own advanced information infrastructures. This resource is shared and maintained by policy makers, telecommunications experts, and other interested parties.” Visitors can search the database by state, by category, by keyword, or browse by state. While the mission is a laudable goal, the Project suffers from the usual problems that beleaguer a non-profit directory website, such as broken links and inconsistent, missing and out-of-date information. However, this site is a perfect beginning research point for researchers who wish to track various states' use, regulation, and deployment of the National Information Infrastructure.
InSITE contributors: B. Kreisler, J. Pajerek (editor)
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