Features - Gumshoe Librarian: "Where in the World Is..."

Barbara Fullerton, Manager of Library Services Locke Liddell & Sapp LLP

Sabrina I. Pacifici, a law librarian in Washington D.C. for over two decades, is the founder, editor, publisher, web manager of LLRX.com, and the author of beSpacific, the weblog on law and technology news.

[Editor's Note:  An annotated version of this bibliography will appear in an upcoming issue of LLRX]


This bibliography includes links to 73 websites that Barbara and Sabrina presented during their July 13 program at the 2004 AALL Annual Conference in Boston.  These sites represent a broad but selective range of resources on topics that include business and corporate data, global news, search engines, guides to international and comparative law, country profiles and statistics, locating people, businesses, places and useful services around the world, banking resources, and data on terrorism and security issues.  For the most part, the sites we chose are free, although several may have a fee-based component and/or require registration to obtain access to the full complement of data available.

We had a great time compiling this information, and hope that you will find this guide helpful. Enjoy!

Foreign/Comparative Law

LLRX Resource Center on International Law http://www.llrx.com/international_law.htm
LLRX Resource Center on Comparative/Foreign Law http://www.llrx.com/comparative_and_foreign_law.htm

Search Engines, Global News Portals, Business and Financial Data

Search Engine Colossus - International Directory of Search Engines http://www.searchenginecolossus.com
Kartoo Meta Search Engine http://www.kartoo.com
Yahoo! UK & Ireland Search http://uk.search.yahoo.com/search/ukie/yp/index.html
InfoSpace (Canada) http://www.infospace.com/index_ylw_ca.htm
Yahoo! Canada Business Finder http://ca.yp.yahoo.com/
Yahoo! International Finance Center http://biz.yahoo.com/ifc/
Onlinenewspapers.com http://www.onlinenewspapers.com/
News Search Portal http://www.newssearchportal.com/
World News Network http://www.worldnews.com
European Business Directory Yellow Pages http://www.europages.com/home.html
Infobel World - Telephone Directories http://www.infobel.com/teldir/default.asp
World Bank - Global Banking Law Database http://www.gbld.org/index.aspx
Federal Reserve Financial Services: E-Payments Routing Directory http://www.fededirectory.frb.org/search.cfm
Office of Foreign Assets Control - U.S. Treasury http://www.ustreas.gov/offices/eotffc/ofac/sdn/

More News Sites, Finding People, Businesses, Places and Specialized Services

Middle East Business and Financial News http://www.ameinfo.com
Fone Finder - Search for USA/Canadian telephone numbers http://www.fonefinder.net/index.php
Mappy - Road Guide Around the World http://www.mappy.com
ATM Locator http://www.mastercard.com/atmlocator/index.jsp?page=home_airport
LookUpUK - Resource Centre for finding that Lost Friend
or Relative in the UK
http://www.lookupuk.com/main.html
SearchBug People Finder - Landline or Cell Number http://www.searchbug.com/peoplefinder/landline-or-cellphone.aspx
International White Page Phone Directory http://freeality.whitepages.com/intl_sites.pl
International Calling Plans http://www.allworldphone.com
Visa and Embassy Info for all countries http://www.embpage.org
Searchable Database for All the World's Embassies http://www.embassyworld.com
Canada's Business and Consumer Site http://strategis.ic.gc.ca/engdoc/main.html
ProFusion Search - Deep web meta-search engine for company/corporate data http://www.profusion.com/default.asp?agt=0!4
Internet Archive - digital library of Internet sites http://www.archive.org/
International Voltage-Finder Search Engine http://www.escapeartist.com/global/voltage_form.html
News on Financial Fraud, Money Laundering & White Collar Crime http://www.offshorebusiness.com
Finding More Information About Business Scandals http://www.ex.ac.uk/~RDavies/arian/scandals/find.html
European Business Directory http://www.europages.com/home.html

 

Who Runs What

Chiefs of State and Cabinet Members of Foreign Governments http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/chiefs/
Rulers of the World http://rulers.org

Public Records, Government Data, Country & Corporate Information

Visa and Embassy Info for all countries http://www.embpage.org
Searchable Database for All the World's Embassies http://www.embassyworld.com
Canadian Property Searches http://www.journalismnet.com/people/canadapersons.htm
The Scannery - Investor Focused Search Engine http://www.thescannery.com/
Public Records Online Directory - State Records http://www.netronline.com/public_records.htm
NationMaster.com - statistical info http://www.nationmaster.com
Search Systems Free Public Records Directory http://www.searchsystems.net/

International Investment Portal & Research Center
http://www.site-by-site.com
Portico - publicly available information http://indorgs.virginia.edu/portico/home.html
Offshore Investment Havens http://www.escapeartist.com/
Corporate Information http://www.corporateinformation.com
CountryReport.org http://www.countryreports.org
The National Archives (UK) http://www.documentsonline.nationalarchives.gov.uk/
globalEdge Company Directories http://globaledge.msu.edu/ibrd/GR_CompanyDirectories.asp
INFOMINE - Government Information -  scholarly Internet resource collections http://infomine.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/search?category=govpub
Political Database of the Americas http://www.georgetown.edu/pdba/english.html
Military Search http://shopping.netledger.com/app/site/site.nl/site.ACCT115030/mode.welcome/sc.l/.f
National Archives - Access to Archival Database System http://www.archives.gov/aad/index.html
CAROL - Company Reports (Europe) http://www.carolworld.com/

Portals, Websites for International Research

LC Portals to the World http://www.loc.gov/rr/international/portals.html
Health, Nutrition, and Population Statistics http://devdata.worldbank.org/hnpstats/
globalEdge - global business knowledge http://globaledge.msu.edu/
EIU.com - country intelligence http://www.eiu.com
ESIL - Electronic System for International Law http://www.eisil.org/
International Terrorist and Guerrilla Groups http://www.specialoperations.com/Terrorism/
Santa Clara Journal for International Law http://www.scu.edu/scjil/

 

Translating Documents

todaytranslations UK http://www.todaytranslations.com/index.php/fuseaction/home.content/page/home
Translation Wizard http://www.faganfinder.com/translate/

Expert Witness Databases, Campaign Finance Info, Professional Licenses, Journalist Resources

Jurispro - Expert Witness Directory http://jurispro.com
Smoking Gun - legal documents in the news http://thesmokinggun.com/
Boards of professional and occupational licensure in North America http://www.clearhq.org/boards.htm
Better Business Bureau http://search.bbb.org/search.html
Political Money Line http://www.fecinfo.com
Money in Politics Data http://www.opensecrets.org/
Sites for state races: Data Sources, Specific State Sites http://www.campaignfinance.org/linksstate.html
Journalism.net - Finding people, papers, news http://www.journalismnet.com/
CyberJournalist.net http://www.cyberjournalist.net
International Trade Unions: LabourStart http://www.laborstart.org
WatchThatPage - monitoring changes on websites of interest http://www.watchthatpage.com
Traffic Engineering and Transportation Engineering Search Directory http://www.trafficlinq.com