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Consolidated UK Legislation

I look at UK web-sites from time to time to see if they have made any progress with putting up consolidated versions of legislation. A year or so back I found information about a government project that was doing just that, but all information about it seems to have vanished – or at least I cannot find it. HMSO Online seems to have evolved into a new Office of Public Sector Information (with the wonderful acronym OPSI) and this site gives the text of original Acts, but they don’t seem to incorporate amendments. Perhaps one of SLAW’s UK readers can . . . [more]

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The Google Pack

We’re not in Kansas any more.

And Google clearly isn’t just a search engine company.

Today they announced a smorgasbørd of software in the form of the Google Pack.

The interesting one is the Norton Antivirus 2005 Special EditionNorton AntiVirus Special Edition does not include the following features: Norton™ Internet Worm Protection, which stops certain damaging Internet worms at their attempted point of entry; and extended threat protection, which detects spyware and certain non-virus threats such as adware and keystroke logging programs

You’ll need Windows XP with Administrator privileges and either Firefox 1.0+ or Internet Explorer 6.0+

Here is . . . [more]

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The Ins and Outs of RSS

Tomorrow the Education Institute, a partnership of a number of Canadian library associations, will be conducting a teleseminar on RSS entitled “The Ins and Outs of RSS: Really Simple Solutions for Really Simple Syndication” being presented by Geoffrey Harder.

Key topics:

  • Finding RSS feeds
  • How to find and use an on-line or desktop news aggregator
  • How to create feeds

While the intended audience is library staff, I’ve had a look at my advance copy of the presentation screens and think this would be of interest to a wider audience.

It’s not too late to sign up . . . [more]

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Asking Others to Do Legal Research

Great posting from an Illinois site discussing legal research assignments that is just as relevant here.
Considering the advice is so sensible, this news needs to get wider circulation:

Here is the information that should be transferred, and so often isn’t:

* The name of the case, the identity of the party we represent, and how to bill the time;
* The issue that needs to be answered;
* The facts of the case I think are most pertinent to the issue;
* The procedural posture of the case and how the work product will be used–for a motion to . . . [more]

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Perspectives

Readers of slaw should also be aware of a wonderful magazine that our friends in Eagan, MN put out three times a year, called Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing is a print newsletter published by West three times a year for legal research and writing instructors and law firm and law school librarians. The newsletter provides a forum for discussing the teaching of legal research and writing, focusing on research materials, tools and theories. Among the subjects frequently covered in Perspectives are trends in electronic legal research; solutions to legal research problems; and recently published legal research and . . . [more]

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The First Blogger

Up at dawn and then to read Mr. Pepys his Diary, which is a worthy account, published each day of his life and times, as observed by a witty and informed gentleman about town. And as one might expect, Mr. Pepys knows about the law of his times
A remarkably active blog, and a creative use of the technology – what I also enjoy is the erudition of the commentariat: see this example.
I can understand why The Guardian described it as one of The Ten Best Book Blogs . . . [more]

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Outlook to Include RSS Reader

Michael Affronti, Program Manager for Microsoft Office Outlook, is working on RSS, Instant Search, and Sharing technologies for Outlook. Recently in his blog search.subscribe.share he talks about integrating RSS feed aggregation inside a future version of Outlook. See his two posts:

RSS Aggregation – Part 1: The Partnership (Dec. 22/05)

RSS Aggregation – Part 2: Our Implementation (Jan. 3/05)

Could this be the application that will bring RSS and feed reading over into the mainstream? Providing it is kept elegant and simple, I think it might be. Looks like he takes comments over at his blog, so head over . . . [more]

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TALL Luncheon Meeting Re Legislation Act, 2005

The Toronto Association of Law Libraries (TALL) is hosting a February 2, 2006, lunch meeting regarding Bill 14 in Ontario, which, if passed, would introduce the Legislation Act, 2005, which would have the consequence of making e-Laws official. Non-members of TALL are eligible to attend the meeting. The description of the meeting is as follows:

Bill 14, the Access to Justice Act, includes the Legislation Act, 2005 which, if passed, will make e-Laws an official source of law in the province. Join a panel from the Ministry of the Attorney General – John Gregory (Policy Division), Mariam Leitman (Office

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Give Me Everything!

When was the last time you, as a researcher, heard that decree from someone assigning research? When I started as a reference librarian, most requests started with the words “Get me everything on…” Then I would run around pulling out books, law review articles, legislation, case law, news articles, or whatever else might be vaguely applicable. I would search catalogues from other larger libraries, search the legal literature indices (usually on Quicklaw) and, depending on the time frame, either provide a list of cites or track down the items themselves from outside libraries. Everything!

More often than not the results . . . [more]

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RefLex

My attention was drawn to a question about Immigration and Refugee Board decisions today, one of the many areas of law about which I know nothing. I learned that some IRB decisions are reported in Lexis/Quicklaw’s Immigration Law Cases and WestlaweCarswell’s Immigration Law Reporter, and that the best online source is RefLex, a database available on the IRB site. RefLex makes available a selection of digested facts and decisions from among the thousands of cases, with no report of the legal analysis or argument, the principal aim of which is to inform Board members of what their colleagues have . . . [more]

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