National Academies Reports Available Online

Earlier this month the National Academies (composed of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council) announced the digital availability — “free, searchable, and in full text” — of more than 9,000 reports from 1863 to 1997 upon completion of the first phase of a partnership with (who else!?!) Google. The entire collection of some 11,000 reports should be digitized by 2001.

Hat tip to ResourceShelf.

New Firefox Add-On: Jureeka

A new, free and very easy-to-use add-on that resides right on the Firefox browser toolbar is Jureeka, an extension that hyperlinks legal citations in webpages.

Free Textbook Movement Gains Steam

Over the weekend, the New York Times published an article about the movement to make electronic versions of college textbooks free for students.

Read, “Don’t Buy That Textbook, Download it Free,” here.

Was your Great-Great Grandfather an Animal Thief?

Paul recently wrote about the ability to search old tax returns in his post, “My Grandfather’s Tax Returns...”

Well, if your Grandfather’s Grandfather was brought to trial in English criminal courts, you can now search an amazing dataset of materials….for Free!

The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, 1674-1913

“A fully searchable edition of the largest body of texts detailing the lives of non-elite people ever published, containing 197,745 criminal trials held at London’s central criminal court.”

Check it out!