A Current Awareness Service of
Cornell Law Library
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:
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- Searchable Database
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- In print format for the Cornell Law School
ABA Administrative Procedure Database
- Sponsored jointly by the American Bar Association's Section of Administrative Law and
Regulatory Practice and the Florida State University College of Law, this site is a good
resource for finding primary and secondary administrative procedure material on the World
Wide Web. Most links to material are to off-site and reliable sources, such as Findlaw for
state administrative law resources. The on-site text, which is fully searchable, includes
the "1997 Survey of Administrative Law Judge Salaries," the "ABA Model ALJ
Act," "Recommendations of the Administrative Conference of the United States
(ACUS)", and the Attorney General's Report and Manual on the Administrative Procedure
Act. The site offers a table of State Administrative Procedure Acts, some of which are
hyperlinked to content on the World Wide Web. It also contains several pages of related
links and short annotations to the recommended sites and organizations. This page hosts a
"news" section, which provides links to related acts, bills, reports and
articles, including ABA publications, some of which are available online at no charge. The
site does not seem to be updated frequently.
Federal Justice Statistics Resource Center
- The Federal Justice Statistics Resource Center (FJSRC) maintains the Bureau of Justice
Statistics (BJS) Federal Justice Statistics Program (FJSP) database. This database
contains information about suspects and defendants processed in the Federal criminal
justice system. The FJSP compiles comprehensive information describing defendants from
each stage of Federal criminal case processing using data obtained from Federal agencies.
The site contains a "data dictionary" which which describes each element in the
FJSP database. Visitors may download datasets for more in-depth analysis, or use the
site's powerful search engine to find data about specific events and outcomes. The site is
very well-maintained, easy to navigate and the data is easy to access. There are several
pages devoted to the FJS Program, including extensive documentation of the origin and use
of the compiled statistical data. The site has been active since March 1999.
Revista Electronica de Derecho Informatico
- The Revista Electrónica de Derecho Informático (monthly, Aug. 1998--) is an online
journal based in Spain, covering cyberlaw, the Internet, intellectual property,
e-commerce, computer crime, and electronic legal resources. Contributors are scholars,
attorneys, and jurists from Europe, Latin America, and the U.S. Most articles are in
Spanish; some are in English, Portuguese, or Italian. The website includes several pages
of links to other computer/communications-related sites from Europe, the United States,
and elsewhere. Many important online resources are listed, although not in any apparent
order. Nonetheless, for the researcher who reads Spanish, this journal is a useful
South African Legislation
- Developed and maintained by a private web development company, the page "South
African Legislation" is one page in a site entitled "South African Government
Information" at http://www.polity.org.za/.
This small page, which is simple and easy-to-use, is broken down into two sections:
Legislation and Legal Resources Links. Under the "Legislation" section there is
a brief guide to the South African legislative process, which is well-written and contains
hyperlinks to defined terms. There are hyperlinks to an index of acts by year, from 1993
to 1999. It is impossible to tell if the coverage is comprehensive. Starting in 1997, the
texts of the legislation is only available in .pdf format, which requires Adobe's Acrobat
Reader, available for free. The 1996 Constitution is available, as well as the Bills of
Parliament, and an index entitled "Legislation Relating to Broadcasting, Posts and
Telecommunications." The page states that this particular index is comprehensive as
of July 1997. The section entitled "Links to SA Legal Resources" covers sites
that also contain the full text of South African legislation.
USPTO Web Patent Databases
- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office offers web access to their bibliographic and
full-text patent databases, covering January 1, 1976 to the most recent weekly issue date
(usually each Tuesday). Full page images are available as well, but require a brower
plugin for viewing. Each database has a table of contents, a help file, and an elaborate
search engine offering Boolean, manual and patent number searching. In addition, the main
page has an extensive set of scope notes to assist the reader in doing efficient searches.
The contents of this
publication and any recommendations therein are the opinions of the authors
and do not reflect the views of Cornell University.
InSITE contributors: A. Carson, J. Luke, J. Pajerek, D. Smith, B. Whittington.
©1999 Cornell Law Library