Monthly Archives: April 2013

Two New Digital Historical Resources

On Thursday, April 18, the Digital Public Libraries of America launched a beta version of a portal to American archival and historical materials. Visit the DPLA at and be amazed! And there’s more! Visit the South Carolina Digital Library for historical and archival materials at the state level. Hat tip to Kate Boyd of USC’s Thomas Cooper Library for getting the word out about these great resources.

Great Resources: UN Research Guides & Resources

Doing some international legal research this summer?  Check out the Dag Hammarskjold Library’s United Nations Resources Research GuidesThe UN Resources research guide allows you to find appropriate research tools alphabetically, by organization, or by theme.  It also has links to the library catalogs for the different groups within the United Nations and a list of resources to find UN statistics.

UNLooking specifically for UN documents?  Try the UN Documentation Research Guide.  Organized by type of document, it explains the different type of documents and how to find different types of documents.  There are also separate research guides to find materials of the General Assembly, the Security Council, the International Court of Justice, and the Economic and Social Council.   Finally, there are research guides organized to find resources by theme, on topics such as disarmament, the environment, human rights, international law, and peacekeeping.

These are definitely work checking out if you’re looking for primary source UN documentation.

What’s New at the Library? March 2013 Acquisitons

Click here to see the list of the Coleman Karesh Law Library’s new acquisitions for the month of March.

Consider checking out one of our excellent, new study aids:

  • The Glannon Guide to Civil Procedure: Learning Civil Procedure Through Multiple-Choice Questions and Analysis
  • The Glannon Guide to Constitutional Law: Individual Rights and Liberties: Learning Constitutional Law Through Multiple-Choice Questions and Analysis
  • The Glannon Guide to Criminal Procedure: Learning Criminal Procedure Through Multiple-Choice Questions and Analysis
  • The Glannon Guide to Property: Learning Property Through Multiple-Choice Questions and Analysis

There are also new books on the Fifth Amendment, intellectual property law (trademarks, patents, and copyright), expert witnesses, and much, much more!

Legal News of the Day: Top Friends of the Court

A new SCOTUSblog article has released its rankings from a review of all the cert.-stage amicus briefs filed between May of 2009 and August of 2012.  To come up with the rankings, the review looked at the number of amici filed by parties and  those parties’ success rates (by looking at the percentage of petitions supported that were granted or denied).

Who came out on top?  The Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America, who filed 54 briefs, with a 32% success rate.  Rounding out the top 5 was the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Pacific Legal Foundation, the Cato Institute, and the Washington Legal Foundation.

For the full article, go here.

Great Resources: Wilson Center’s Digital Archive

The Wilson Center’s Digital Archive: International History Declassified contains once-secret documents from various governments and organizations around the world.  These materials, now declassified, are a rich body of historical information.  With 71 collections, covering topics from the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games to the Cuban Missile Crisis to “Stalin and the Cold War,” the Digital Archive supports the research aims of three Wilson Center projects: The Cold War International History Project, The North Korea International Documentation Project, and the Nuclear Proliferation International History Project.  As such, most of the document collections are focused on these areas.

You can check out the collections here.

Legal News of the Day: Used Digital Music Cannot Be Resold

A U.S. District Court judge for the Southern District of New York held Saturday that “pre-owned” digital music sales is an infringement of copyright.  musicReDigi, Inc. allowed customers to use its platform to buy and sell digital music originally purchased from iTunes–a move away from the first sale docrine that usually allows for the resale of copyrighted materials that have been put into the market already by the publisher/creator.  The judge hesitated to apply the first sale doctrine to the digital world, particularly since Congress itself has not taken that step.