JOMC 490.2: The Law of Cyberspace
Legal Research Material
- Law Review Articles
U.S. law reviews, which are scholarly articles covering a variety of legal topics. From LexisNexis. 1982-present.
- Federal & State Court Decisions
- Tips using LexisNexis including screen shots of what we discussed in class.
Provides case and docket information from Federal Appellate, District and Bankruptcy courts. See Stephanie for access or create free account (credit card required, but not billed if less than $10.00 in charges per quarter. more info.)
- THOMAS (Library of Congress)
Legislative information on the U.S. Congress. Includes the full text of the Congressional Record, which is the official record of the proceedings and debates of the U.S. Congress. Also includes all bills introduced into Congress since 1989. Try searching for Computers and Information Technology or Technology Assessment or Internet and Video Services.
- LexisNexis Congressional
Current and historical bills, testimony, and reports from the U.S. Congress. Summaries and some full-text of publications from and about the U.S. Congress.
Government Agency Information
- Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
- Federal Trade Commission
- U.S. Copyright Office
Great search engine for anything from the U.S. government, at the federal, state, and local levels. Includes FTC materials and links to related government sites such as broadband.gov.
- WTO Documents Online
Comprehensive collection of WTO documents online. Search or browse WTO documents by subject. (try "information networks" OR "privacy" OR "telecommunications")
Use both of these with cautious knowledge, as we discussed in class.
- Social Science Research Network (SSRN)
Handy for pre-prints, drafts, and archived copies of articles.
- Google Scholar
Handy Google search for scholarly articles. Limit results to "Legal opinions and journals." Read Stephanie's thoughts about Google Scholar. Great last place to search.
Great Google searches:
- site:gov "domain name" seize
Search for the phrase domain name and the word seize on U.S. government websites.
- site:fcc.gov "white space" spectrum
Documents on the FCC's web site which include the word "white space" and spectrum.
- Legal Abbreviations
- Online Legal Dictionary
- Black's Law Dictionary Legal definitions and abbreviations. In print in the Park Library (law reference).
- Nolo's Free Dictionary of Law Terms and Legal Definitions
Defines terms and includes links to encyclopedia entries on related topics.
- Legal Information Institute (LII)
Includes explanatory guides for roughly 100 areas of law. Includes Wex, a legal encyclopedia; entry on media law provides background and links to related government sites. Links to all Supreme Court decisions since 1992. Free resource from Cornell.
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