Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Legal Research Search Engines

Cornell University has worked with Google to offer a legal research search engine.

Although this is very U.S. in coverage it does have some Foreign and International material. The Cornell Legal Research Search Engine carries out Google-powered searches of Legal Research Guides, the “Legal Internet” and Academic Blawgs.

Betsy McKenzie gives an overview of how well this works for students on: “Out of the Jungle”.

Who’s talking about you?

An interesting article from Jon Bernstein on BNET – a frightening insight into how your reputation could be damaged by comments made online.

The recommendation is to keep track of what is being said about you – as simple as setting up alerts on something such as Google – as Google does cover so many sites:
google.com/alerts It is also good to look at social networking sites such as LinkedIn and Facebook, and identify blogs and discussion sites in your professional circle.

Jon’s article covers all of this and has a useful checklist – he finishes by suggesting that you check your biography on your organisation’s web site, to make sure it is correct and up to date.

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Electoral Register - consultation on changes

Do you use the Electoral Register at all? There is a consultation going on about how useful the edited Electoral Register really is:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/consultations/electoral-registers-consultation.htm (closes on the 23rd February 2010)

The Ministry of Justice are looking at how people might be affected by the abolition of the edited version, before deciding what form it might take in the future.