A New Type of Treatise?
Interesting post from Legal Blog Watch: "Within the span of a few years, blogging has changed the nature of legal scholarship and law reviews. And blogging has given hundreds of consumer clients access to information on substantive law through blogs like Kansas Family Law Blog, Massachusetts Estate Planning and Elder Care or the California Personal Injury Blog. And now, move over Westlaw and Lexis and keycites and annotations, because blogs are now giving legal research a run for its money." [RJ]
Avoiding "404 File Not Found"
WebCite® is an archiving system for webreferences, which can be used by authors, editors, and publishers of scholarly papers and books, to ensure that cited web content will remain available to readers in the future. If cited webreferences in journal articles, books etc. are not archived, future readers may encounter a "404 File Not Found" error when clicking on a cited URL.
How does it work? A WebCite® reference is an archived webcitation, and rather than linking to the live website (which can and probably will disappear in the future), authors of scholarly works will link to the archived WebCite® copy on webcitation.org. Cross-posted on Law Librarian Blog. [JH]
Who's Citing Wikipedia?
Courts. The New York Times reports that beginning in 2004, more than 100 opinion have cited Wikipedia, including 13 from federal appeals courts but not SCOTUS. But should they? Here's the roll call: Yea: Posner; Nay: Sunstein. More on Law Blog.
Law Reviews. Using Westlaw's JLR database, TaxProf Blog reports that 545 articles cited Wikipedia. An additional 125 articles mentioned Wikipedia but do not cite it as authority.
[JH & RJ]