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Insites (web)

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Cite as: (2008) 82(9) LIJ, p. 68

This month we visit the websites of Austrade, Google Scholar, PILCH, AustLII’s full-text journals collection, the Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School and the National Water Commission.

IP Dragon
The Beijing Olympics have got us thinking of China. One of the biggest hurdles companies face in entering the Chinese market is fear over intellectual property. The IP Dragon blog is an excellent source of news and information for lawyers wrestling with such issues, easily positioning itself as one of the heavyweights of the China law blogosphere. As well as the well-written and entertaining news stories (and yes, we are done with the puns), we chose this site for review because of its excellent list of links relating to IP law, and China law in general. These make it a great starting point for lawyers with clients wishing to compete in one of the world’s fastest growing commercial arenas.

Public Record Office Victoria
Library staff have recently visited the Public Record Office (PROV) in North Melbourne, and all have returned with awe-struck tales of its “Get Smart” like concrete bunker with double-airlock doors, amazing interior design and over 80 km of shelving. The PROV is open to the public and home to a huge collection of Victorian public records. It is an invaluable archive of legal documents for Victorian legal practitioners, including legal briefs, plans and surveys, rates books, and Sands & MacDougall post office directories. One wonderful collection is wills: PROV stores all Victorian wills from 10 years after probate. Searching the site is a little unintuitive; to assist your research we suggest using the “search within a series” option, and entering, e.g. “VPRS 28” – the code for wills and probate records.
The online legal dictionary was reviewed in this section in May 2004, but it is worth skimming over some other highlights of this site for those who have not yet discovered it. The RSS newsfeeds are of a particularly high standard – as one would expect from such a large site able to enter into agreements with some of the world’s premier legal journals and news sources. We must stress that this is a US based site, but international coverage is extensive. The site also contains separate sections based on practice area, as well as articles and news stories broken down into small-firm and large-firm concerns. Please note that the paid subscription areas of were not reviewed by insites.

GovPubs: the Australian Government Publications Guide
An initiative of the National and State Libraries Australasia, GovPubs has been established to provide users with a comprehensive directory of Australian government publications accessible both online and within national and state libraries. GovPubs allows users to browse by publication, jurisdiction or library. Alternatively, information may be located by keyword search. Particularly useful are the informative descriptions that accompany each type of publication. The site lists the various library holdings for each publication and includes links to online holdings, where available. The information contained within the site is clearly organised into distinct categories and is relatively easy to navigate. GovPubs additionally features links to selected Australian government websites.

Child Support Scheme Reforms
The Australian government Child Support Agency (CSA) has launched a particularly detailed website dedicated to providing information on the new Child Support Scheme, which came into operation on 1 July 2008. In addition to containing a wealth of valuable background information concerning the changes, the Child Support Scheme Reforms website features various resources including a Family Assistance estimator and the CSA’s online law and policy guide for the new scheme. Publications such as fact sheets and bulletins are provided, as are links to related external sites. The uncluttered structure of the website allows for straightforward and efficient navigation. The site further includes specific information and resources for different stakeholders and allows subscribers to receive email updates regarding the changes.

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