Monthly Archives: August 2006

Court System Websites

Given our discussion of the federal and state court systems in Legal Research class this week and our upcoming class on researching cases, three helpful websites come to mind. First, is the U.S. State Department’s Judicial Branch webpage at It provides links for such information as the structure of the U.S. judicial system, how it functions, and its relationship to the legislative branches. Second is the national Center for State Courts’ website at . It includes a Court Web Sites page with links for each state’s judicial system and court structure charts for each state. Third is the South Carolina Judicial Department website at for information on the jurisdiction and structure of our court system. (Post-Terrye)


Beating the Bluebook Blues

Attention all 1Ls! Are you just a wee bit confused by the infamous “Bluebook”? Well, first, welcome to the club. But second, we’d like to recommend two great resources. Cornell Law School’s Introduction to Basic Legal Citation is concise, clearly written, and (best of all) free. After a brief introduction on the whats and whys of legal citation the site provides, unlike the actual Bluebook, 1) lots of examples, and 2) useful explanations. Definitely bookmark this one. And also take a look at the slim but helpful User’s Guide to the Bluebook, by Alan Dworksy. Get some tips from the man who says the Bluebook is “too long, too complicated, and too picky”. Two copies of this book are available from the Reserve Room, KF245. B483 2006. (Post – Stacy)

The State of the Law Library Blogosphere

The State of the Law Library Blogosphere is an article from Sabrina Pacifica’s Web site – This is a great site for information and legal news. This article is by Bonnie Shucha and discusses most aspects of law library blawging.  Go to the Blawgs and Blogs page on the right for the link and more information on this article.  (post – DL)     

Spotlighted Blawgs and Blogs

A regular feature of this Blawg will be spotlighted Blawgs and Blogs that we think will help you in your internet research. I am starting this feature by spotlighting a Blawg and blog aggregator that allows you to search through all of the internet for all published blogs by index or name. Technorati – searches keywords for posts, tags, and blog directory. It also provides news from general news services and blogs. (post – del)

Legal Research Databases

Throughout the year we will be posting information about new legal research databases, pointing out cool features of existing databases, or simply reminding you of the great resources we have at the Coleman Karesh Law Library. To begin, I would like to point you in the direction of our listing of “Limited Access” databases accessible to only USC and/or law students. You can get there by going to the Law Library homepage and clicking on “Online Resources,” then “Online Research-Limited Access.” Or just add this link to your favorites: (Post -Terrye)

Featured Websites By Terrye Conroy

Throughout the school year, I will be sharing my thoughts and suggestions regarding useful websites for legal research. One must keep in mind, however, that anyone can post on the Web. So let’s start with Evaluating and Rating Websites and Other Information Resources, a great web guide by Diane Murley, SIU Law Library. Note that #1 in any list of criteria is usually to consider the source. (Post – Terrye)

Legal History (Week of September 4)

Sept. 4, 1957 –  National Guard at the Little Rock Central High School.

Sept. 5, 1774 – Important consequence from the Boston Tea Party.

Sept. 6, 1995 – O.J. Simpson, Det. Mark Fuhrman, and the Fifth Amendment.

Sept. 7, 1977 – Watergate felon released early from prison.

Sept. 8, 1974 – Former President gets an unconditional pardon.

Sept. 9, 1957 – First significant civil rights legislation since 1875.

Sept. 10, 1963 – George Wallace loses standoff against desegregation.

Get the whole scoop at the Tidbits of Interesting Legal History page. (Post – Stacy)