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December 11, 2009

New Publications Received at the Library Commission

Entry Categories: State Documents   State Documents  

Click here to see a list of publications received 11/09/09 - 12/04/09.


December 14, 2009

Your Christmas Ornaments

Entry Categories: News  

From the U.S. Census Bureau:

The value of U.S. imports of Christmas tree ornaments from China between January and August 2009 was $470.3 million. China was the leading country of origin for such items. Similarly, China was the leading foreign source of artificial Christmas trees shipped to the United States ($28.6 million worth) during the same period.

Check out these statistics and more in our Facts for Features on the 2009 Holiday Season!


December 18, 2009

Google Scholar now has Court Opinions

Entry Categories: News  

Google has added some important content to Google Scholar
that should be very helpful to citizens needing free access to online court cases. You can now find and read full text legal opinions from U.S. federal and state district, appellate and supreme courts by searching for cases (like Planned Parenthood v. Casey), or by topics (like desegregation).

I found that the easiest way to limit a search to Nebraska opinions is to click on Advanced Search and select Nebraska in the Legal Opinions and Journals categories at the bottom of the page. Use the search boxes at the top to search by keyword, phrase, court case number (use the exact phrase box), or name. You can also limit results to recent years. I tried a phrase search on Republican River and limited the results to 2009, and got two hits. I was also able to find an opinion using the name of a judge.

For links to other online sources for Nebraska court cases, check out our NebraskAccess page How do I find information online about court cases in Nebraska?


December 22, 2009

Libraries for Census

Entry Categories: News  

The U.S. Census Bureau is looking for libraries willing to be a partner for the 2010 census. Libraries are being asked to provide space for Be Counted sites and/or Questionnaire Assistance Centers. If you are interested in signing up as a site, please contact:
Todd Wiltgen, U.S. Census Bureau Nebraska Partnership Specialist: 402-606-9040 or e-mail:



This page contains all What's Up Doc articles for December 2009. They are listed from oldest to newest.

Many more can be found on the main page or by looking through the archives.