BASIC LEGAL RESEARCH-RESOURCE GUIDE

Current as of August 3, 2020 Note: This is for information only. It is NOT legal advice. For legal advice, contact an attorney. FEDERAL LAW Finding Federal Law: USA.gov. Federal government information including links to the websites of departments, agencies and branches of government, good source for statutory and legislative materials. FindLaw. Browsable, searchable database offers U.S. Supreme Court opinions

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Western States’ Government Information Day

August is the ideal time to learn about government information and government information resources. In addition to Indiana’s Government Information Day conference happening next week, the Western States are also hosting a Government Information Day conference.  Their conference is free to attend. Held biennial, this two-day conference is hosted by Government Information Librarians in the Western States and open to

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Government Information Day 2020 Registration Open

Registration for Government Information Day is now open! Typically a one-day conference, GID2020 will now be a two-day virtual conference. The event features 7 different sessions relating to promotion of government information resources and literacy. Attendees are asked to register for each individual session of interest. Please contact Brent Abercrombie, babercrombie@library.in.gov, for any questions, or issues with registering for the

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Researching Land Patent Records

The Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) General Land Office Records (GLO) manages federal land records and offers an excellent resource for federal land records. Researchers desiring to establish the sale of federal land can search the online database using either the grantee’s name or the location of the land purchased. The following is written by a researcher detailing how land

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Coronavirus Scams

Fears of getting the Coronavirus has taken their toll on most of us, but now we also have to deal with scammers trying to use our fears for their financial advantage. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has some very good advice on how to protect yourself from these frauds. The FTC is a bipartisan federal agency whose mission is to

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Federal Agency Resources

With social distancing still in effect, it is harder to identify what help is available. Federal agencies are also continuing operations and updating content during this time. Accurate, reliable information is needed more than ever. The FDLP compiled a list of federal agencies who offer helpful relevant information for the general public. The links below represent a small percentage of

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Kids Count in the 2020 Census

Kids Count in the 2020 Census by Katie Springer As much as we’ve seen and heard so far about 2020 Census outreach, there are still parts of the U.S. population that are at risk of being undercounted. Children five years old and younger (even babies!) run the risk of not being counted, and therefore not receiving the federal and state funding

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Government Information Day Postponed

Government Information Day Postponed Due to concerns related to COVID-19, Government Information Day 2020, originally scheduled for May 14th at the Indiana State Library, will be postponed until later this summer. An exact date for the event has not been set. New announcements will be sent whenever there are changes or updates to GID 2020. The hope is to present

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FDLP Webinars Available

With most libraries in the state closing due to COVID-19, opportunities are available for continuing education. Indiana public librarians are able to earn LEUs by watching webinars through the FDLP Academy Webinars & Webcasts. The webinars are free for anyone to view, last 1 hour, and are generally posted 3 days after the event. As a pre-approved provider for LEUs,

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