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  • Congressional information center: Search C-SPAN's Congressional Directory, write your Congressmember, Visit C-SPAN's Key Votes Library, Issues & Legislation and much more.
  • Congressional E-Mail & Web Sites - 110th Congress 2007-2008. Updated: 4-9-2008
  • Court Rules, Forms & Dockets. Finding court rules, forms & dockets on the Web is no longer a problem. LLRX.com introduces one-stop shopping for state and federal court rules, forms and dockets. This new resource provides over 700 links to state and federal court data. You can browse for information in a number of different ways including by jurisdiction, state or type of resource. Keyword searching for the exact court you are looking for is a quick way to find just what you need. State and Federal Court Rules, Forms and Dockets...It's all Free on LLRX.com.
  • U.S. House of Representatives Internet Law Library
  • The FTC Consumer Protection pages: links to information on identity theft, telemarketing scams, privacy threats, franchise & business opportunity rip-offs, and other online nemeses. You'll live a safer online life if you read these articles before you shop, and especially before you spend too much on any item. And if you have trouble, the FTC site has a page for filing a complaint.
  • Freedom of Information Act: The First Amendment promises freedom of speech to American citizens. The Freedom of Information Act ( FOI Statutes by State) helped open government records so Americans could see what their government officials were saying. The Freedom of Information Center stores resources devoted to both the amendment and the act.
  • Get U.S. Federal Government Information - A model federal government information page of frequently used sites from Vanderbilt University. This site is a handy reference tool containing ZIP+4 Code Lookup and change of address form by the U.S. Postal Service, links to downloadable government electronic forms for copyright, taxes, passports, immigration, bankruptcy, savings bond forms,.and much more.
  • Google's Image Search is the most comprehensive on the Web, with more than 250 million images.
  • GovSpot-the government information portal of the Web, combines a high-utility collection of top government and civic resources with insightful, non-partisan editorial in one user-friendly spot.
  • Get Government Stats--More than 70 agencies in the United States Federal Government produce statistics of interest to the public. The Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy maintains this site to provide easy access to the full range of statistics and information produced by these agencies for public use.
  • The Guide to Law Online, prepared by the U.S. Law Library of Congress for the Global Legal Information Network (GLIN), is an annotated hypertext guide to sources of information worldwide on government and law available online without charge.
  • Hypertext Webster Gateway (Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary) This hypertext Webster interface provides a point-and-click client interface for accessing various dictionary services on the Internet. First, type the word for which you want the definition in the search window, click to select either an exact match or an approximate match, and then click on the "Look up definition" button. Words in the resulting definition are hypertext linked back into the dictionary, allowing you to use your mouse to access the definition of those related (and unrelated) words. Other dictionaries on this site include Roget's Thesaurus, WordSmyth English Dictionary-Thesaurus, WWWebster by Merriam-Webster Inc, dict.org, and Dictionary.com
  • KnowX/public records: Billed as entirely a virtual business, KnowX provides a comprehensive source of public records on the Internet. Searching and viewing of basic summary information is free. Cost for detail information is priced on a per-record basis. The data for KnowX comes from the Information America databases and includes state corporate and limited partnership records, UCCs, liens, judgements, bankruptcy records and lawsuits. There are plans to add more databases as well as to add links to other free sources on the internet.
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  • Legal Engine: This metasite is a useful starting-point for any search for online legal information, pulling together a wide array of international, federal, state, and organizational resources.
  • lexisONE: launched on July 6, 2000 by Lexis Publishing. The new web site, targeted at solos and small firms, offers five years of free case law, 1,100 free legal forms, and 16,000 annotated legal-related web links.
  • Library of Congress Online Catalog
  • USA Libraries on the Web: up to date listing of hundreds of U.S. libraries on the Web listed by region and by state.
  • Look up Area Codes from the United States, Canada and all over the world with AmeriCom's Area Decoder
  • LLRX.com is the free Web journal providing current, comprehensive articles and resources for legal professionals and law librarians on research, information technology, digital legislation, cybernews, Web links and Web tools for researchers, software reviews, and presentation/marketing/training issues, since 1996.
  • The Merck Manual of Medical Info: this site translates the medical jargon from the professional Merck Manual edition into language the rest of us can understand. Search or just browse through the table of contents to find information on diseases, drugs, and medical tests.
  • Meta Galore/MetaIQ.com : Search Engines Galore changed its name to MetaIQ.com. Either way, it's a site where you can enter a keyword and then choose to look it up in 9 major search sites at once, including Fast, Alta Vista, Direct Hit, Goto, Infoseek, LookSmart, OpenDirectory, Yahoo! and WebCrawler. Galore also links to hundreds of specialized search engines and sites.
  • Newsroom Home Page: The first portal for Newsrooms (and true media junkies). The Web's best source for news, information and research. In Newsrooms across the world, the Assignment Editor is the person who's expected to have all the answers. The news is tracked and researched by them well before you watch it on TV, or read it in morning papers. AssignmentEditor.com is the Internet's ultimate tool for finding news and information. From one simple page, visitors can click on hundreds of links to connect with virtually any newspaper in the world, check news wires, access maps and people finders, use all the top search engines, visit sports and entertainment sites, read gossip columnists and critics, do research, go shopping...and the list goes on.
  • Northern District of Illinois- Court Information: Want a copy of the complaint? You can view or download it from the Northern District's website
  • Patent protection NY: 24hour Patent.com is simply the fastest patent filing firm in the US. You can get in touch with us for filing provisional patent, design patent, utility patent, or process patent. Logon to www.24hrpatent.com and get protected & patented faster.
  • Political Resources on the Web
  • Public Record Databases- This framed site contains a directory of public record databases. Nearly 1,000 databases & links to U.S. States and District of Columbia. Depending on the state, there are licensing records, court records, unclaimed property, sex offender registries, etc., as well as some county-level databases. There is also a mixed bag of nationwide searches -such as the Social Security Death Index and Martindale-Hubbell directory of attorneys-and a few Canadian databases. (Pacific Information Resources-Search Systems)
  • Resource Guide to State & Federal Legislation: Carol Morrissey, author of the LLRX CongressLine column has created a guide to state and federal resources on legislation and legislative issues, as well as to non-government political information sources, government reports, and fee-based online legislative services.
  • REFDESK/The single best source for facts on the Net: "Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it." - Samuel Johnson. Refdesk is not about revenue. Refdesk is not about traffic. Refdesk is not about promotional vehicles or any form of commercialism. Refdesk is only about indexing quality Internet sites and assisting visitors in navigating these sites. At Refdesk that is all that counts and that is all that will ever count.
  • Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence: Free Screensaver. The search for intelligent life beyond Earth just got easier. While it's not a Network Tool in the strictest definition, many users will enjoy this nifty download from the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Project at the University of California at Berkeley. With your assistance, SETI@home has been amazingly successful. 100 million signals have been detected and stored in their database. 1,500,000 people in 224 countries have downloaded the SETI@home screensaver and together they have contributed 125,000 years of computer time, with the common goal of finding the first sign of intelligent extraterrestrial life. (Mac Version) (Windows Version).
  • The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: the Web's first edition of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare. "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers" W. Shakespeare (Henry VI, Part II, Act 4, Sc. 2)
  • The Gettysburg Address/Transcriptions in 29 languages - November 19, 1863.
  • Radio-Locator on the Internet: Electronic Guide and Links to Over 10,000 Radio Stations around the world. You can find all of the radio stations that are within listening distance of any city in the United States (Last updated: October 4, 2000. Formerly known as "The MIT List of Radio Stations on the Internet")
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois- Local Bankruptcy Rules * General Orders * Local Rules & Case Inquiries * Chicago Case Lookup * File Viewing * Copies of documents * Federal Records Center * Transcripts Forms * Local Forms * National Forms Bankruptcy Information * Fees * Filing Requirements * Reopen Cases and Conversions * Motion Information * Unclaimed Funds.
  • United States Code- the Legal Information Institute has created a resource for researching law in the United States Code. You can search by Title and Section or choose from subjects listed in the table of contents. The Table of Popular Names is a handy way to research laws you've read about in history books or heard about on the news. You can also enter terms directly in the site's search engine.
  • US Supreme Court Database - from Northwestern Oyez site.
  • US Supreme Court Virutal Tour - from Northwestern Oyez site.
  • How to Obtain Birth, Death, Marriage, and Divorce Certificates: Where to Write for Vital Records - This site from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention provides addresses and price information for obtaining vital records from all 50 states as well as Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Canal Zone. The information also available as a 156 KB PDF document you can download and print (Adobe Acrobat Reader is required). There are also guidelines for what to include with a request to ensure it is processed properly, and a link to the U.S. State Department for passport information.
  • Where to obtain Vital Records-birth, death & marriage certificates and divorce decrees.
  • World Factbook, CIA, 2001 - In general, information available as of 1 January 2001 was used in the preparation of The World Factbook 2001.
  • ZIP Code Look-Up and Address Information from United States Postal Service.
  • Yahoo! Currency Conversion

 

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