Global Legal Information Network (GLIN) Available via the Melvyl Web Interface (with input from Harold Colson, UC San Diego).

The Global Legal Information Network (GLIN) <http://lcweb2.loc.gov/law/GLINv1/GLIN.html> is now available via the Melvyl Web interface by clicking on Resources in the menu bar, then clicking on Selected Internet Resources, then GLIN. Produced by the Law Library of Congress, GLIN is available free of charge to the public.  It contains over 46,000 citations on the national laws of more than 35 countries.  The emphasis is predominantly Latin American, but additional countries are being added.  Presently, GLIN consists primarily of searchable legal abstracts in English of laws and regulations enacted since 1976, but the full texts of items of legislation in the original languages are now being added for some nations.

To search GLIN, click on Search in the sidebar, enter as Guest, choose a country of interest, enter search terms for subject, etc., and then click on Query.  Users can also search the Guide to Law On-Line, an annotated hypertext guide to international sources of information on government and law.

GLIN replaces the World Law Index – Hispanic Legislation, which has been available via RLG’s Eureka system.  RLG’s version is no longer being updated, and access to the RLG version will cease September 30.

Access to Sociological Abstracts Changing August 14

Access to Sociological Abstracts is changing from OCLC to Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA) [http://www.csa.com/htbin/dbsel.cgi?username=cgtry28&access=cgtry2828].  Following broad consultation with the User Services Group and others, this change was made to improve access and reduce costs.  Until August 14, users can search Sociological Abstracts as one of the database choices or by clicking on Resources in the menu bar, then on Selected Internet Resources, then Sociological Abstracts.  After August 14, SocAbstracts will no longer be available as a choice in the list of databases searchable using Melvyl commands; only the CSA version will be accessible.

Sociological Abstracts via Cambridge Scientific Abstracts contains over 514,000 citations from over 2,600 journals, books, conference papers, and dissertations in sociology and related fields.  It also includes Social Planning/Policy & Development Abstracts (SOPODA) as a subfile, providing additional literature on a range of policy issues in the social sciences.

The database is available to UC faculty, students, and staff.

Additional Access to ERIC Database via Cambridge Scientific Abstracts

In addition to accessing the ERIC database via the Stanford system or via OCLC’s FirstSearch system, users can now access ERIC via Cambridge Scientific Abstracts [http://www.csa.com/htbin/dbsel.cgi?username=cgtry28&access=cgtry2828] by clicking on Resources in the menu bar, then on Selected Internet Resources, then ERIC (via Cambridge Scientific Abstracts).

ERIC via Cambridge Scientific Abstracts contains over 950,000 citations from journals, conference proceedings, curricula, and research reports in the fields of education and related social sciences.  Access via Stanford and FirstSearch will continue for now.

The database is available to UC faculty, students, and staff.