Chapter 5, Internet Research

All freely available websites are available below. Updated and new sources as well as new content follow the footnotes below, organized by section of the Coursebook.

Sample Exercise (Instructors: Feel free to download and edit as you see fit. Please email us for the answer key.)

FN #1, ASIL Insights
FN #2, Phishing
FN #3, Internet Archive, Wayback Machine
FN #4, FISHLEX
FN #5, Librarians' Internet Index (LII) is now called "ipl2: information you can trust."
FN #6, Infomine Scholarly Internet Resource Collections
FN #7, Amnesty International, Guantánamo and Beyond: The Continuing Pursuit of Unchecked Executive Power
FN #8, Exalead
FN #9, Exploring International Law, this site hasn’t been updated since early 2009.
FN #10, Opinio Juris
FN #11, IntLawGrrls
FN #12, Prof. Darius Whelan's Irish Law Update
FN #13, French law blog, Au fil du doit or Swiss criminal procedure blog (site is not available)
FN #15, Blawg
FN #16, Jumpstart Your Foreign, Comparative, and International Research: Use People Resources
FN #18, Citing Wikipedia

Updated/New Sources & Content

References to page numbers in parentheses refer to pages in the Coursebook.

Section II. Web Searching

The Wikileaks collection of leaked US diplomatic cables is a rare exception; ordinarily current diplomatic documents are impossible to access, and older documents are available only in paper.  (See page 66.)

Section III.C. Using Search Engines Effectively: Multiple Search Engines

Google has pushed many older search engines out of competition, but in addition to Google, you may want to try Bing, Exalead, Teoma, and Yahoo.  (See page 70.)

Section III.F.1. Using Search Engines Effectively: Advanced Search Features, Proximity Searching

Unfortunately, Exalead doesn’t index nearly as many pages as search engines such as Google.  (See page 73.)

Section III.F.4. Using Search Engines Effectively: Advanced Search Features, Synonyms

Google has refined its synonym searching so its results are no longer so quirky.  However, it is impossible to see what synonyms Google generates for any particular word, so to be confident in your search results, you may want to specify the synonyms you want.  Moreover, Google does not appear to look for synonyms for phrases; for example ~“capital punishment” does not retrieve “death penalty.”  (See page 74.)

Section IV.B. Blogs and Electronic Discussion Lists: Electronic Discussion Lists

Instead of searching intbuslaw archives, a better example is to use Google to search chinalaw list archive, which retrieves the archives of the Chinalaw discussion list.  (See page 76.)