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-Spencer L. Simons, former Director, O'Quinn Law Library and Associate Professor of Law
All the legal history fans out there will be happy to learn
that the National Archives National Historical Publications and Records Commission and the University of Virginia Press have teamed up to provide a new
online resource with documents from the Founders of the United States of
America.Currently, the Founders Online
collection provides access to approximately 120,000 documents from authors such
as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Thomas
Jefferson, and James Madison.While the
website does not provide access to images of the original documents, it does provide
access to transcriptions with annotations.
You can browse the writings by author or recipient as
well as by time periods such as Colonial 1748-1775, Revolutionary War 1775-1783,
and Confederation Period 1783-1789.You
can also search the full-text of the documents using keywords and then filter the
results by author, recipient, and time period.For more information about the resource, visit the Founders Online website.
you are looking for a way to keep up with legal news, you might give Law Ratchet
a try. This recently launched tool
gathers legal news that may be of interest to law
students, law faculty, and legal professionals.There is a free app version for the iPad as well as a free web-based version.
resource gathers together a feed of legal news headlines from publications such
as the ABA Journal, Law.com, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog, and JURIST along
with links back to the original articles.In addition, the interface will allow you to filter the news results by
category.Currently, there are 40 categories
to choose from including particular practice areas such as banking law, family
law, or healthcare.There are also broader
categories such as trending topics, top 25 blogs, law school, and litigation.Finally, you can also choose to create your
you find an article of interest, you can choose to save it or share it via
email, Facebook, or Twitter.For more
information, visit the Law Ratchet website.