New GPO Style Manual

The Government Publishing Office has released the 31st edition of the GPO Style Manual. The manual, last revised in 2008, is the guide to the style and form of federal government printing and publishing. The new edition includes guidance describing GPO digital initiatives and new technologies, along with many other updates.

80 Years of ACLU Files

Gale, A Cengage Company, recently released American Civil Liberties Union Papers, 1912-1990 as part of their Making of Modern Law collection. Drawing from the records of the ACLU, it focuses on civil rights, race, gender, and issues relating to the U.S. Supreme Court. The digital collection contains more than 2 million pages.

 

Using Vendors to Identify Fake News

Whether you are compiling news articles for a partner at a law firm or assisting a judge or professor gain background knowledge on a current issue, identifying “fake news” is now a critical step in the research process. In a recent blog post, HeinOnline published an overview of resources and tools that are useful for fact-checking news stories.

Listen to This

Keeping up with legal news and building subject area expertise are challenging for librarians, attorneys, professors, and students. ModioLegal works to make this easier. ModioLegal records legal news and provides access via a high-quality, proprietary platform that can be played back on devices such car audio systems, mobile or home devices. This service allows users to multitask by listening to current awareness content while commuting, traveling, exercising, or even grabbing lunch.

News content is recorded by law school students in a natural speaking voice to provide a higher level of comprehension than a computer-generated narration. Students also gain legal verbal communication practice and possible name recognition (student narrators provide their name, school and year of graduation at the beginning of each recording).

ModioLegal is currently negotiating agreements to add additional content and plans to expand its presence in academia by providing discounted access to law schools.

Increased Access to CRS Reports

EveryCRSReport.com provides access to every currently loaded CRS report in Congress’s internal website. The site contains over 8,200 reports, but this changes as reports are added or updated. Each report includes a revision history that reflects changes over time.

The site offers topical browsing, keyword searching, email alerts, and RSS feed capabilities.

EveryCRSReport.com is a joint effort between Demand Progress and Congressional Data Coalition.

Intelligize to Lexis

Last month Lexis announced their intention to acquire privately-held Intelligize, Inc.  This move will provide Lexis users additional tools for Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) research. In 2013, Lexis acquired Securities Mosaic and integrated it into the Lexis platform. The combination of Lexis Securities Mosaic and Intelligize will create a robust securities and M&A research tool.

Govinfo September Release Notes

Govinfo, launched in Beta in February 2016 by United States Government Publishing Office (GPO), has published their September 2016 Release Notes. September release notes highlight the effort to optimize code to improve the performance and stability of existing site functionality.

Govinfo provides free public access to over one million documents from all three branches of the federal government. Govinfo will eventually replace FDsys, but both will remain available throughout the govinfo beta phase and provide access to the same official, preserved content.