CassidyCat's Digital Law LibrarySM
CassidyCat's Digital Law Library is an instant law collection that will fit into any sized library! These records allow you to build your law collection when you couldn't afford to expand on it before. In addition to costing a fraction of your acquisitions budget, this collection will take up no extra space on the shelf!
This collection contains over 4,200 MARC21 catalog records for free legal research websites - all selected, evaluated and annotated by our talented JD/MLS librarian. The Collection includes primary sources for all 50 states and federal agencies, sites for Homeland Security, White House access, international law and trade, intellectual property law, criminal law, securities, banking, Civil Rights, law library best practices, OBS-SIS recommended websites, and a host of other topics!
CassidyCat's Digital Law Library is of special interest to savvy Law Librarians who know the significance of the State-by-State Report on Authentication of Online Legal Resources, by the American Association of Law Libraries' Electronic Legal Information Access and Citation Committee (February 2010). The core collection of the product is comprised of the electronic version of primary source materials for the 50 states that is being charted for official status and authentication! In addition, The Report is following the elimination of print versions and replacement by electronic versions that are cited in CassidyCat's Digital Law Library.
By the end of 2012, 24 states designated at least one online primary legal resource as official (compared to 8 in 2009); 6 states designated at least one online primary legal source as authentic (compared to 4 in 2009); 17 states are preserving online legal resources; 12 states are emsuring permanent public access to online legal resources.
CassidyCat's Digital Law Library is useful for the academic sector, private firm libraries, state/court/county libraries, as well as public libraries! The product provides the full scope of primary sources for the 50 states, plus valuable secondary sources on many legal topics, without expending physical space or large sums of money. No new software will ever have to be purchased, as the library installs the .mrc files directly into the existing OPAC.
Updates are fast and simple! Each month Cassidy Cataloguing performs URL-checking to catch dead links and then locate replacement websites and update the catalog records. The updated records are distributed with new titles every month!
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New topics are added each month. Four examples of the over 4,200 websites included in CassidyCat's Digital Law Library:
- Cloud computing: constitutional and statutory privacy protections. Summary: "Cloud computing is fast becoming an integral part of how we communicate with one another, buy music, share photos, conduct business, pay our bills, shop, and bank. Many of the activities that once occurred solely in the physical world, including communications with one another, are increasingly moving to the digital world. What was once a letter to a friend is now a Facebook message; a call to a loved one is now a Skype chat; a private meeting with a business partner is now a video conference call. In short, the cloud is revolutionizing not only how we compute, but also how we live. Where individuals once locked personal or business papers solely in a desk drawer or filing cabinet, they now also store them on someone else's computer."
- Law in popular culture collection. Abstract: "The average American's understanding of our legal system is both reflected and shaped by our popular culture. Best sellers, movie theaters, and prime time television have long been inundated with images of lawyers, whether as savior-like heroes, despicable villains or complex human beings. The goal of this collection is to provide as broad a picture as possible of the image of the lawyer in the United States and British Commonwealth." This collection of the Tarlton Law Library of the University of Texas at Austin includes books, videos, and other physical materials, but the site provides an extensive body of material online, including bibliographies, essays, e-texts, information about lawyers on television, quotations, and links.
- Best practices: What first-year law students should learn in a legal research class. Abstract: "Legal research instructors seldom have adequate class time to teach students the print and online sources needed to complete a research task successfully. However, there are core principles that first-year students should learn in a legal research class. The author discusses best practices in teaching the legal research process, along with the important research sources, including judicial opinions and reporters, digests and finding cases, statutes, administrative publications, updating research with citators, and secondary sources." --abstract on Social Science Research Network (SSRN) website. Paper available for download through SSRN.
- USDOJ: DAG: Corporate Fraud Task Force. Abstract: Official website of The President's Corporate Fraud Task Force, established in 2002 in the Department of Justice and led by the Deputy Attorney General. The site reports that the task force has recently been expanded to investigate mortgage fraud cases.The site provides access to laws, regulations, reports, speeches, press releases, news conferences, and information and documents concerning significant corporate fraud cases.
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