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New Sites of Interest -  October / November


Altered Oceans: a five part series on the crisis in the seas
Published by the LA Times this series is a wake up call to all who care about the environment.

Digital Library for Earth Science Education
As the crucial element of the National Science Digital Library that provides information on the area of geoscience, the Digital Library for Earth Science Education (DLESE) provides access to “quality teaching and learning resources about the Earth as a system for a wide range of learners.”

Doing Business
Several years ago, the World Bank became concerned about the business climate and environment in different countries around the world. After a time, they decided to embark on the creation of a database that would provide indicators of the cost of doing business in various countries. With a keen eye towards looking at existing laws and regulations in each country, their team of researchers looked at such topics as starting a business, protecting investors, paying taxes, getting credit, among others. Visitors with an interest in such matters can download their annual reports, view country specific reports (such as “Doing Business in Brazil”), and also take advantage of 155 printable country data profiles.  Includes also a law library of business laws and regulations from around the world.

Expanding job opportunities for Pacific Islanders Through Labour Mobility [World Bank Report]   
The main purpose of this report is to examine the economic arguments – analytically and empirically – in favor of greater labor mobility.

General Chemistry Online
Chemistry, like many of the hard sciences, can be an uphill battle for students who are making their first foray into the world of ions, gases, redox reactions, and polymers. Fortunately, there is the General Chemistry Online site, created by Professor Fred Senese of Frostburg State University's chemistry department. The site contains companion notes and guides that will help students as they navigate the world of first semester chemistry, as well as a toolbox of interactive graphing devices and a glossary of over 1000 chemical terms, complete with audio pronunciations. For those who cannot find answers to their queries here, the site has the "Ask Antoine" section, where they can ask about anything chemistry they so desire. Visitors can also peruse a list of 400 questions that have already been answered since the site's inception. And last, but not least, the site also has an exam survival guide that will be of great comfort to students who find themselves anxious about such affairs.

GIS Unit of the USP School of Geography
website is designed to provide information about:

bulletthe GIS Unit facilities, history, and mandate;
bulletthe GIS Unit staff;
bulletinformation on GIS projects in the Pacific Region
bulletGIS and related activities in the South Pacific Island region; and
bulletGIS and related resources.

Global Policy Forum
The United Nations has a number of policy initiatives occurring in all parts of the globe, and some might ask the question: Who evaluates the effectiveness of such programs? The United Nations does some of this work themselves, but the Global Policy Forum is also intimately concerned with monitoring their programs, along with "promoting accountability of global decisions." Visitors who know what types of material they are looking for will want to search through the headings which include such themes as globalization, international justice, and UN reform. Each one of these sections contains a brief essay on their work, along with a smattering of reports, tables, and charts that highlight their analyses, past and present.

Globalization and Health
Open-access peer-reviewed journals continue to grow in number and in scope, and those dealing with the future of public health are no exception. One of the latest is Globalization and Health, which provides “a platform for research, knowledge sharing and debate on the topic of globalization and its effects on health, both positive and negative.” With such a broad range, it is no surprise that the journal has included articles on the tobacco industry, intellectual property rights, the effect of trade agreements on health, and the dissemination of Western diets across the globe.

HIV / AIDS Policy in the Asia Pacific Region aims to gather and provide access to information about the policy responses to the epidemic in the Asia Pacific.

Intute [formerly known as SOSIG]
"Intute is a free online service providing you with access to the very best Web resources for education and research. The service is created by a network of UK universities and partners. Subject specialists select and evaluate the websites in our database and write high quality descriptions of the resources." Subject areas include science and technology, arts and humanities, social sciences, and health and life sciences. Searchable or browsable by subject. Free web training for computer courses
As more and more people find themselves needing introductory materials that deal with all aspects of computer operation and the like, it’s good to know that there are a number of websites that provide a nice range of basic tutorials in such matters. The folks at have created just such a resource on this site, which includes basic tutorials for Microsoft Windows, XHTML, and on how to design a web page using Word. While the site itself doesn’t contain a search engine, visitors can just scroll down the homepage to locate any tutorials that might be of interest. Teachers might also find the site helpful as they could easily place some of these materials on a projection device and have students follow along as they go through the tutorials as a class.

Moana: an online database of marine literature
Developed and maintained by USP's Pacific Islands Marine Research and Information Service [PIMRIS] and hosted by SPREP, Moana is an excellent gateway to pacific marine resources.

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Website of New Zealand's national museum.

My Micronesia
"joining the dots in the western Pacific". Serving the islands of the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Guam, Northern Marianas and Marshall IslandsIncludes news and online forums.

Oceania Flash
Latest news as it happens from around the South Pacific. Browsable by topic and also available in a weekly digest form. Strong focus on events in New Caledonia and French Polynesia.  [In French and English].

Pacific Journalism Review
The Pacific Journalism Review, founded at the University of Papua New Guinea in 1994, is a peer-reviewed journal covering media issues and communication in the South Pacific, Asia-Pacific, Australia and New Zealand. It is now published by the School of Communication Studies, Auckland University of Technology, and has links with the University of the South Pacific. [abstracts of articles only].

Pacific Media Watch online
An independent, non-profit, non-government organisation comprising journalists, editors, researchers, lawyers and other media workers, supporting media freedom, and examining issues of ethics, accountability, censorship, media freedom and media ownership in the Pacific region.

Pacific Regional Economic Integration Programme (PACREIP)
The negotiations of an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between Pacific Island Countries and the European Union (EU) will be assisted with the launch of a website containing information on the Pacific Regional Economic Integration Programme (PACREIP).  The overall objective of PACREIP is the sustainable development of Pacific ACP States as an economically integrated region. PACREIP assists in the Pacific region's preparations and conduct of negotiations of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU), and provides support for the region in World Trade Organization talks.

UC Atlas of Global Inequality
Researchers attempting to wade through the murky and volatile waters of globalization can sometimes find the going rough. For the general public, even grasping the mere tenets of what globalization entails can be equally confounding. The Center for Global, International and Regional Studies at the University of California Santa Cruz has stepped in to help with their UC Atlas of Global Inequality. Drawing on a wide range of data sets, their online Atlas “explores the interaction between global integration (globalization) and inequality.” Some of the themes visitors can explore include economic globalization, health, and income inequality. Along with these interactive features, visitors also have access to time series maps of the world that show patterns of inequality and a database that allows tables and graphs to be generated and downloaded for selected data and countries.

Western Pacific Archive website
Details of the archive of the Western Pacific held at the University of Auckland


Constitutional and Parliamentary Information
From the Association of General Secretaries of Parliaments, this website includes a large number of papers of interest from a range of jurisdictions.

International Journal of Not-For-Profit Law
In an admirable attempt to "reflect the evolving worldwide conversation about civil society", the International Center for Not-For-Profit Law created the International Journal of Not-For-Profit Law (IJNL) in 1998. Since that time, the Journal has worked with their in-house editing team, guest editors, and a deep pool of contributors to create a number of special themed issues. The IJNL is published several times a year, and recent volumes have paid special attention to the Middle East, comparative approaches to civil society, and public benefit organizations. Visitors can view the complete text of each issue, and search their online archive, which dates back to September 1998.

Intute: Law
Intute: Law provides guidance and access to global legal information resources on the Internet. The service aims to identify and evaluate legal resource sites offering primary and secondary materials and other items of legal interest. Descriptive records and links are created for legal service sites and specific documents.

IPRsonline is an internet portal on Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) and Sustainable Development. It contains a selection of relevant online documents and resources related to IPRs and sustainable development including a guide to IPRs, proposals submitted to the WTO, discussion papers classified by topics, a calendar of IPRs related events, latest news on IPRs, and links to listservs and relevant institutions working on IPRs.

Judicial Decisions Online [New Zealand]
Includes all decisions of the New Zealand S
upreme Court, all decisions of the Court of Appeal from 2003  and all  High Court decisions from August of 2005.  Over time other jurisdictions, such as the District Court, Employment Court and the Environment Court, will be added

Legal Theory Blog
Includes online articles, book reviews and links.

World Bank Business Law Library
An online library of business laws and regulations from around the world.

WorldLII News
WorldLII News will bring you information about updates to the databases from each of the Legal Information Institutes (LIIs) and other organisations as well as the latest category pages or links to websites added to the WorldLII Catalog.


New Sites of Interest -  August / September


Ancient & Classical Cultures
Collection of links to websites about ancient cultures around the world. Includes sites about Africa, Asia Minor, Aztecs, Celts, China, Egyptians, Greeks, Hebrews, Incas, India, Inuit, Muslims, Mongolia, Persia, Romans, Viking, and wonders of the ancient world.

Australasian Digital Theses Program Database
A comprehensive metadata repository of Australian PhD and Masters [research] theses. To be augmented over time by New Zealand theses. Access to 150,000 Australian PhD and Masters [research] theses over 5,000 available full-text online link directly to home institutions for access to non-digitised theses unrestricted open access serving the national and international research community.

Bislama version of Wikipedia
In the understated words of one Emalus academic the site is "Not entirely comprehensive at this stage !!" but it is good to see that there is the seed of a wikipedia in bislama.  Perhaps something for Emalus Campus staff to contribute to ...

Google Trends
“With Google Trends, you can compare the world's interest in your favorite topics. Enter up to five topics and see how often they've been searched for on Google over time. Google Trends also displays how frequently your topics have appeared in Google News stories, and which geographic regions have searched for them most often.”

The Internet TESL Journal
English as a Second Language (ESL) curriculum continue to be refined for different audiences both in the United States and overseas, and new teachers in this area can find their task a bit daunting. Fortunately, there exist a number of websites such as this one that can help ease this transition. Started in 1995, the Internet TESL Journal has brought together articles, research papers, lesson plans, classroom handouts, and teaching ideas to this website. Published monthly, the journal can be viewed in its entirety here, and users can also browse through the contents by category, such as questions, techniques, and lessons. ESL educators have reviewed all of the materials featured in the journal, and visitors are also encouraged to submit their own teaching materials for consideration. Some of the more recent pieces contained within the journal include features on using newspaper articles in the ESL classroom and creating an effective group learning environment.

Journal of Religion and Popular Culture
Edited by Professor Mary Ann Beavis of the University of Saskatchewan, the Journal of Religion and Popular Culture is a “web-based, peer-reviewed journal committed to academic exploration, analysis and interpretation, from a range of disciplinary perspectives, of the interrelations between religion and religious expression and popular culture, broadly defined as the products of contemporary mass culture.” It is quite a broad area to cover, and they do so admirably, and members of the public and those in the world of higher education will want to look over their site closely. Published three times a year, visitors can browse through the online archive offered here, or take a look at their most recent issue. Some of the articles that have appeared in recent issues include “The Apocalyptic Imagination and Popular Culture”, “Seeking the Roots of Terrorism: An Islamic Traditional Experience”, and “Under the Influence? The Bible, Culture and Nick Cave”.

Librarians Without Borders
An organization that wants to address the vast information resource inequity existing between different regions of the world.

RDN Virtual Training Suite
RDN Virtual Training Suite provides a set of free online tutorials designed to help students, lecturers and researchers improve their Internet information literacy and IT skills. It is organisied by broad subject. Excellent for beginner academic level students.  It has a UK bias but that's OK.  RDN also produces The Internet Detective ­ a new resource to help teach students how to use the Web properly.  Plus for law students there is  Internet for lawyers (see below).

Mi harem se
News, views and gossip circulating in Port Vila, Vanuatu - online forum.

PIMRIS Newsletter
Newsletter of the Pacific Islands Marine Resource Information System. Includes discussion of current marine and fisheries developments in the South Pacific .

Stuck in the mud [blog ]
stuck in the mud .
.. Of Fiji socio-cultural and soci-political limbo ...

UN Chronicle
As the United Nations’ scope is quite global, one can expect that the issues and topics covered in their fine publication, the UN Chronicle, will be compelling material for persons interested in global policy issues and other such heady matters. On their rather full homepage, visitors can look up articles via a search engine, or by theme. For those who would rather look through the complete issue as a whole, the most recent issues are offered on the left-hand side of the homepage. Recent subjects covered within their virtual pages include HIV/AIDS prevention in Sierra Leone, the avian flu pandemic, and the vexing question of inequality. For those seeking historical coverage, the online archive dates back to 1997.

Yale Center for the Study of Globalization
The study of globalization has gained great currency over the past decade, and a number of private organizations and institutions of higher learning have moved to create centers and institutes where individuals can come together to discuss and research this phenomenon and process. The Yale Center for the Study of Globalization (YCSG) was created in 2001, and it is dedicated to “enriching the debate about globalization on campus and to promote the flow of ideas between Yale and the policy world”. First-time visitors will want to take a look at one of the thematic areas, which include those dedicated to global trade reform and climate change. In both locations, visitors will find a number of helpful research papers and related materials. The real treat here is the YaleGlobal Online Magazine, which contains compelling articles on the effects of globalization in Europe as well as special reports on the Avian flu and SARS.


ASIL Guide to Electronic Resources for International Law
The study and practice of international law can be a tough area to get a handle on, and with numerous online resources available for both areas, it can be difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff. Since 1997, The American Society of International Law (ASIL) has been continuously updating and revising their Guide to Electronic Resources for International Law, under the able direction of Marci Hoffman and Jill Watson. Within each of its eight primary sections, users can read about various high-quality online resources for each topical area (such as international organizations and human rights), and then read brief summaries of what each online resource features in terms of its content and scope. As might be expected, the site also contains information on relevant and helpful weblogs that deal with international law.

Courts of New Zealand new website

Globalex: Hauser Global Law School Program [NYU]
Excellent collection of research guides on international and comparative law.  Includes 'South Pacific :
Introduction to Researching South Pacific Law'.

Internet for lawyers - A free, "teach yourself" tutorial that lets you practise your Internet Information Skills. Includes key internet sites for lawyers, how to search the internet, and  what to trust on the internet.

"Wex is an ambitious effort to construct a collaboratively-created, public-access law dictionary and encyclopedia. It is sponsored and hosted by the Legal Information Institute [LII] at the Cornell Law School." Searchable, or browsable by category. Contributors are evaluated by LII before being authorized to add material.


New Sites of Interest -  June / July


The Best of the Humanities on the Web
EDSITEment, The Best of the Humanities on the Web from the National Endowment for the Humanities in partnership with the National Trust for the Humanities, and the Verizon Foundation. This educational partnership brings online humanities resources from some of the world's great museums, libraries, cultural institutions, and universities directly to your classroom.

British History Online
British History Online is the digital library containing some of the core printed primary and secondary sources for the medieval and modern history of the British Isles. Created by the Institute of Historical Research and the History of Parliament Trust, we aim to support academic and personal users around the world in their learning, teaching and research.

Foreign Correspondent - the online version

Information Literacy Website
This website has been designed and developed by information professionals from key UK organisations actively involved in the field of information literacy. The site will support practitioners by providing news, case studies, examples of best practice and freely available toolkits. Their aim is to provide a practical resource that information professionals regularly visit to discover the latest developments in information literacy.

Island Studies Journal
Island Studies Journal is an electronic, freely downloadable and peer reviewed journal, serving as an international platform for scholarly articles, review essays and book reviews that advance our understanding of islands.  Topics discussed in the first issue include: the nature of island studies; contrasting interpretations of the foreshore in island territories [by Sue Farran]; biodiversity under threat in Indonesia and the Philippines; human impact on Pacific island eco-systems; the work of UNESCO's Small Island Voice initiative; and a review of early western island literature.

Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication
Latest issue contains nine full-length articles ranging from a critique of media representations of computer-mediated discourse to analyses of online civic engagement, conflict resolution, and the motivations of Polish bloggers. The issue also includes a Research Brief on the most effective medium to use in soliciting research participation

The Lost Gospel
Discussion of a restoration project for "an ancient Coptic manuscript dating from the third or fourth century, containing the only known surviving copy of the Gospel of Judas, [which] has been restored and authenticated after being lost for nearly 1,700 years." Includes images of the manuscript, transcription, English translation, articles that provide "a different view of the relationship between Jesus and Judas," photos, timeline, and a map. From the National Geographic Society.

Sustainable Development in Coastal Regions and Small Islands
CSI is a global platform for environmentally sound, socially equitable, culturally respectful and economically viable development in coastal regions and small islands. The driving force and main goal are the mitigation and management of conflicts over coastal resources and values.  Via the CSI platform, wise coastal practices for sustainable human development are exchanged, the voices of small islands amplified, indigenous knowledge mobilised for equitable resource governance, and youth given a say.

Plain Language
An easy to use guide to writing in plain language.

The Promises and Challenges of Digital Learning
The supposed promise of digital learning initiatives across the globe continues to draw commentary from both passionate believers to unrepentant skeptics. Recently, the staff at the Development Gateway website, created a special report on the topic of online education, and more specifically “…at lessons learned, innovations that work, and the future of ICT in education for developing countries”. The homepage contains a number of “Issue Roundtables”, where a variety of experts in the field weigh in on topics such as “Can it solve the education crisis in poor countries?” and “Is high internet cost the only obstacle?” After perusing a few of these archived roundtable discussions, visitors will want to look at some of the other sections, which include explorations of best practices in online education and some of the potential roadblocks to creating and sustaining e-learning initiatives.

Science: News
Daily news briefs on science topics from around the world, covering animals, plants, astronomy, health, geology, and many other topics. "ScienceNOW articles are free for four weeks after publication." Older articles from the archive may require American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) membership or a separate subscription. From Science magazine.

Text as property / property as text
 A course on text as property/property as text. Includes discussion of plagiarism, morality, and culture.

Scoop is [according to its publishers] New Zealand's leading independent news source, focussing heavily on political news.


Enhancing and teaching in law
website full of articles about teaching and learning issues in legal education.

Global legal Information Network [GLIN]
The Global Legal Information Network (GLIN) is a public database of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations. These GLIN members contribute the official full texts of published documents to the database in their original language. Each document is accompanied by a summary in English and subject terms selected from the multilingual index to GLIN. All summaries are available to the public, and public access to full texts is also available in participating jurisdictions.

International Judicial Monitor
International Judicial Monitor (IJM), an international law resource for judiciaries, justice sector professionals, and the rule of law community around the world published by the The American Society of International Law and the International Judicial Academy. Features include:           • Links to international resources           • Profiles of international judges and tribunals           • Recent cases of note involving the domestic application of international law           • Descriptions of general principles of international law           • A calendar of rule of law related events           • Perspectives from judges around the world

Law Library of Congress
The mission of the Law Library of Congress is to provide research and legal information to the U.S. Congress as well as to U.S. Federal Courts and Executive Agencies, and to offer reference services to the public. A comprehensive and well-designed site. The homepage contains three primary sections: General Information, Research Services, and Digital Resources & Links. The “General Information” section offers a very brief overview of the Library, and the “Research Services” section leads to information designed for those who wish to visit the Library and perform research onsite. The real substance of the site is found in the “Digital Resources & Links” area. Here, visitors can explore information of Supreme Court nominations (past and present), look through the Global Legal Information Network, and even browse on over to the website of the American Bar Association.


New Sites of Interest -  April / May


Journal discussing developments in electronic libraries. [UK]

The Ethical Researcher: Goals of an Ethics Policy
This site presents academic integrity and plagiarism policies for educational institutions, and a collection of links to material about honor codes. Topics include the principles underlying the policy, what responsibilities are required, and the relationship of various policies. Provides links to policies and related material at U.S. high schools and colleges.

Librarian Newsletter
A newsletter from Google for librarians, featuring "articles contributed by librarians and library supporters, links to library-related web sites, and updates on Google products and services that can help you in your work." The January 19, 2006, issue includes an article about evaluating websites by LII's own Karen G. Schneider. Published irregularly, approximately every five weeks. Free email subscription.

“LiveScience is an original content site focusing on the innovative and intriguing in Science and Technology. Aimed at the intellectually curious, it covers news, views and scientific inquiry with an original, provocative point of view. With articles by respected science journalists and contributors, LiveScience looks at new discoveries, intellectual adventures and the idiosyncrasies of the world that surrounds us.”

Moodle is a course management system (CMS) - a free, Open Source software package designed using sound pedagogical principles, to help educators create effective online learning communities. You can download and use it on any computer you have handy (including webhosts), yet it can scale from a single-teacher site to a 40,000-student University.

Pacific Almanac [ 2006]
It seeks to provide you with the most recent available data and statistics, contacts and summaries of recent developments from islands in the Pacific regionPublished by Pacific magazine.  Excellent reference resource.

Measuring Linguistic Diversity on the Internet
From online dating to scholarly collaborations, the web facilitates millions of interactions between distant groups of people every day. One question recently posed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was this: What languages are being used in all of this online activity? A good question to be sure, and this important document is the result of their lengthy inquiry. Published near the end of 2005, this 106-page paper contains a number of important findings about the nature of researching linguistic diversity on the internet. The paper includes sections on the usage of Asian and African languages on the internet, along with an investigation into linguistic bias authored by John Paolillo. The report is rounded out by a very thorough bibliography that will be of great use to those with a detailed interest in this area.

Pacific Media and Communications Facility
About the PMCF.  The impetus for the establishment of the PMCF in mid-2004 rested in the recognition of the important contribution media and communications can make to good governance, the rule of law, development and national stability. The objective of the PMCF is to contribute to the sustainable strengthening of the media and communications capacity in the Pacific Region by supporting a selection of regional and sub-regional activities.

ScienceBlogs is the web's largest conversation about science. It features blogs from a wide array of scientific disciplines, with new voices coming on board regularly. It is a global, digital science salon.

World Public (WPO)
Provides regionally organized information "on public opinion from around the world on international issues." Each report provides the questionnaire and methodology used in polling. Topics include development and aid, environment, trade, governance, security, justice, human rights, the United Nations, and more. Also provides links to sources for polling data. From the Program on International Policy Attitudes (PIPA).  Interesting.


The Fiji Law Librarians’ Group
Hosted by the Fiji Human Rights Commission website, the Fiji Law Librarians now have their own web page. 

The page is titled FLLIG (Fiji Law Libraries Interest Group), and is found under the Information and Research Services section of the Fiji Human Rights Commission site.  It contains:

bulletA history of the Group, which was formed in 2004
bulletA full list of all members, their libraries, and all contact details
bulletProjects and activities already realised, and future plans for the Group.

The Free Expression Policy Project
Founded in 2000, The Free Expression Policy Project has been part of the NYU School of Law’s Brennan Center for Justice for the past two years. During that time, the Project has continued to provide research reports and a host of other valuable insights on copyright, free speech, and media democracy issues. The site is fairly easy to navigate, as users can peruse some of the topical headings offered at the top of the homepage. These include areas that deal with media policy, violence in the media, art censorship, and censorship history. Users can also use tabs on the left side of the homepage to look over a number of fact sheets, commentaries, and court and agency briefs. Overall, the site contains a host of materials that will be quite helpful to both legal scholars and those with an interest in these weighty and important issues.

Information rights journal
rom the Department of Constitutional Affairs [UK].  ”We have launched a new information rights journal to provide information rights practitioners with a round up of the latest developments in the information rights field. The journal will provide information on a wide range of issues across information rights as a whole, uniting freedom of information, data protection and the environmental information regulations.”

Office of the Attorney General of Fiji
This website contains information about the Office of the Attorney-General, its roles and functions, organisation, along with various other important information and particulars about the services provided by the individual divisions of the Office. Includes access to the full text of archived issues of the Legal Lali: the Law Journal of the Office of the Attorney General.

Papua New Guinea Law Reform Commission Index on PacLII
Includes full text access to selected occasional papers, working papers and reports from the Papua New Guinea Law Reform Commission.

Solomon Islands Government website
Includes access to both gazette and legal notices in addition to government reports and papers.


New Sites of Interest -  February, March 


Early Childhood Interventions: Proven Results, Future Promise
[alt. cit. via USPNet -

"A significant amount of intellectual hand wringing has gone on as of late regarding the nature and importance of early childhood intervention programs. Some have claimed that such programs (including Head Start) are inherently a waste of money, while others tout their apparent ability to increase future educational and life opportunities, particularly for the under-privileged. This intriguing research report from the RAND Corporation, authored by Rebecca Kilburn and Jill Cannon, provides compelling evidence suggesting that well-designed programs for disadvantaged children age four and younger can produce economic benefits that are quite significant. The report contends that high quality early childhood programs can “keep children out of expensive special education programs; increase high school graduation rates; reduce juvenile crime, and increase the number of students who go on to college.” Stimulating in its approach and its scholarly rigor, this report will be quite useful and helpful to persons interested in such policy issues."

Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Education
This is an important resource that supports the sharing of current knowledge with educators, parents, and practitioners.

Global health facts
Data, by country, for "HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other key health and socio-economic indicators." Features tables, charts, and color-coded maps which "can be downloaded for custom analyses." is a companion site to, a project operated ... with major support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation." Data is viewable by country or by topic. Also includes demographic information.

The Global language monitor
The Global Languge Monitor (GLM) documents, analyzes and tracks trends in language the world over, with a particular emphasis upon Global English.  Various themes, all to do with current usage of language (mostly English). Like "misguided criminals", BBC correct term for the July bombers (ie not "terrorist")

The Head Heeb
Musings about politics, religion, law, art and marriage - what else is there?" ... An interesting blog with a strong focus on contemporary political and legal issues  - including the South Pacific see

Humanities Ejournals
here are a growing number of online, freely available, peer-reviewed electronic journals for a wide range of humanities subjects. This page brings together over 100 ejournals which have been catalogued by Humbul. Each journal makes all, or a substantial amount, of its content freely available.

Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki
“This wiki was created to be a one-stop-shop for great ideas for librarians. All over the world, librarians are developing successful programs and doing innovative things with technology that no one outside of their library knows about. There are lots of great blogs out there sharing information about the profession, but there is no one place where all of this information is collected and organized.”

Links to Selected Websites Related to the Pacific
Compiled and maintained by the Pacific collections librarian at the University of the South Pacific.  Includes the following sections:

bullet Colleges & Universities
bullet Libraries & Archives
bulletLibraries with Pacific Materials
bullet News Sources
bulletNews Sites
bullet Research Centres
bullet Statistical Information
bullet Civil Societies (or NGOs)
bullet Government Sites
bullet Regional Organizations
bullet Other Useful Sites
bullet Cook Islands
bullet Fiji
bullet Kiribati
bullet Marshall Isalnds
bullet Nauru
bullet Niue
bullet Samoa
bullet Solomon Islands
bullet Tokelau
bullet Tonga
bullet Tuvalu
bullet Vanuatu

POPACA [Producers Organization Project for the Associative Trading]
The POPACA is an Agricultural Development Project implemented by the Vanuatu Ministry of AgriculturePOPACA’s aim is poverty alleviation and the improvement of rural livelihoods through increasing small scale producers ’ agricultural incomes.  Includes information about Vanuatu's agriculture sector and up to date newsletters on agricultural production and programmes in Vanuatu.

Public Library of Science
Public Library of Science (PLoS) , an open-access collection of scientific journals, is beginning to reach the same level of recognition as authoritative publications such as Nature and Science.

Vanuatu Cultural Centre
The new Vanuatu Cultural Centre website i
ncludes information about the Vanuatu Cultural Centre and current projects, news and forthcoming events.  Also includes a digital online art gallery of Vanuatu Arts.

A collection of open-content textbooks that anyone can edit.

The free-content news source you can write.


American Tort Reform Association (ATRA)
ATRA is a national organization ("co-founded in 1986 by the American Medical Association and the American Consulting Engineers Counsel") that is "dedicated exclusively to reforming the civil justice system." The site provides publications and data on lawsuit abuse, a list of "judicial hellholes" ("places that have a disproportionately harmful impact on civil litigation"), and information about "looney lawsuits," state civil justice reform laws, and other tort reform topics see also the Frivolous" Lawsuits Resource Center - Discussions of "frivolous" lawsuits and the idea that special interest groups and media are claiming a marked increase in litigation from the 1980s to the present. Topics include "Rule 11" ("federal act specifically provides sanctions for attorneys who bring frivolous claims"), medical malpractice suits, the McDonald's "scalding coffee case," businesses suing businesses, and more.

Global Legal Information Network
The Global Legal Information Network (GLIN) is a database of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations. These GLIN members contribute the official full texts of published documents to the database in their original language. Each document is accompanied by a summary in English

Jus in Bello [New blog on International Criminal Court ]
Pace Law School weblog focusing on the International Criminal Court, other international criminal tribunals, and the law of international criminal prosecutions. In addition to providing timely commentaries on these subjects, the authors' contributions are expected to be as wide-ranging as their interests and experience.

Nouvelle-Caledonie Documentation Juridique
Full text access to the law that applies in New Caledonia. Includes full text access to the Codes, Le Journal Officiel NC and Les Debats du Congres. Work is proceeding on a full text archive of codes that applied in French territories dating back to 1980.


November, December, January 


In 1906, the first edition of The Chicago Manual of Style was published by the University of Chicago. Over the past one hundred years, the Manual has been revised and edited fourteen times, and is now in its fifteenth edition. On this site, visitors may register for free and gain access to the search tool for this latest edition. While this feature is certainly helpful, there are a number of equally useful aspects of the site. The first is the area that gives a number of examples of Chicago-style documentation, such as the humanities style and the well-known author-date system. Equally helpful is the "Q&A" section where the editors answer such timely questions as "If someone has a PhD and is a professor at a University, is their title Doctor or Professor?"

Digital Micronesia
"In-depth and authoritative information about the people, culture, environment, arts, history, health, politics, and the economy of Micronesia."   Includes some historical legislative and treaty documents.

Human Development Report 2005
The notion of human development is one that is quite old, even if it has not always gone by that name. The United Nations understands human development to be about “creating an environment in which people can develop their full potential and lead productive, creative lives in accord with their needs and interests”. In this way, of course, many ancient city-states and other such communities of shared interests have always been about creating such an environment. This latest report on the state of human development affords curious individuals an insight into the United Nations’ work in this area. It offers some insights into the nature of inequalities which affect the potentiality of human development schemes and also looks at other related processes such as the nature of international trade and violent conflict. The report is divided into five primary chapters, and is supplemented by a list of human development indicators and a bibliography. The site also contains an animated file that offers a visualization of the trend of human development. see human development indicators for Vanuatu.

Oceanic anthropology: a list of useful sites / compiled by Susanne Kühling

Tidal Pools: Digitized Texts from Oceania for Samoan and Pacific Studies
Provides 0nline access to some useful resources on Pacific islands history, language, culture and politics.

World Malaria Report 2005
The persistence of malaria in much of the developing world remains a public health problem of staggering proportions. Most people may be familiar with the problem of malaria throughout much of Africa, but over the past decade, incidences of the disease increased in Southeast Asia and a number of Central Asian countries. Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO), with assistance from several other international humanitarian organizations, released the World Malaria Report 2005. This site provides access to the complete text of the report, along with a number of other helpful features. These features include brief executive summaries of the report's findings (in English, French, and Spanish), profiles of the state of malaria in each country, and copious amounts of data. see country report for Vanuatu.

Young Children: Journal of the National Association of the Education of Young Children
Print and online resources for exploring early childhood education from around the globe. 
"Young Children is an award winning peer reviewed journal published bi-monthly by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. YC issues are organized around topical clusters that devote special attention to issues in the field of early childhood education. The practitioner based nature of YC makes is unique among journals and its award winning status testifies to its excellence."


Commonwealth Legal Information Institute (CommonLII)
Like other LIIs, CommonLII is free access and non-profit.  CommonLII already allows browsing and searching of 464 databases from 50 Commonwealth and common law countries and territories. Most of these databases are located on existing LIIs in Commonwealth countries but CommonLII contains 44 databases from 28 additional countries. More databases are under development. There is a Catalog of law websites for all Commonwealth countries. Database lists, a brochure and user guide are on the site.  Notable database collections on CommonLII include those from India (very extensive), from Singapore and Malaysia, from most Caribbean countries, and from ten African countries. It is also possible to search Commonwealth-wide legislation (from 30 countries), or case law or law reform.

Current Law Journal Content
The CLJC covers 1109 law journals (including many from Australia and New Zealand). Scanned copies of journal contents pages are supplied by the University of Texas Tarlton Law Library (685), W&L (79), other libraries (22), and additional contents pages are received electronically at W&L via e-mail, web-sites, or RSS feeds.

EISIL - Electronic Information System for International Law
Developed by the American Society of International Law (ASIL) , EISIL is a searchable gateway to the highest quality primary materials, authoritative web sites and helpful research guides to international law on the Internet. To this end, EISIL has been designed as an open database of authenticated primary and other materials across the breadth of international law, which until now have been scattered in libraries, archives and specialized web sites.

E-Journal of Tax Research (AustLII)
The eJournal of Tax Research is a double blind, peer review refereed journal that publishes original, scholarly works on all aspects of taxation. It is normally published twice a year by Atax within the Faculty of Law of the University of NSW. Thematic editions covering topical issues will also be published on a one-off basis.

European Union Legal Materials: An Infrequent User's Guide  / By Duncan E. Alford

Foreign Law Translations [from the Institute for Transnational Law]
Foreign Law Translations is a collection of nearly 1,000 translated judicial decisions and statutes. It is a unique resource for comparative law research. France and Germany are particularly well represented. The fields of constitutional law, administrative law, tort law, contract law, and restitution are covered. Austria, Israel, and Italy are also represented in the collection.

Human Rights and Democracy Movement in Tonga
Full text articles, commentary and analysis.  Includes full text of the Basic Proposal for an Alternative Structure of Government for Tonga (Draft 4).

The Index to Common Law Festschriften
This is the first index of contributions to common law Festschriften and fills a serious bibliographic gap in the literature of the common law.  There are some 270 common law Festschriften indexed on this database, amounting to over 4,500 chapter entries. In addition, there are more than a thousand entries of English language contributions to predominantly foreign language, non-common law Festschriften from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. "

Institute of Justice and Applied Legal Studies
New website for IJALS detailing the history, staff and current programmes of the Institute of Justice and Applied Legal Studies

International Center for Civil Society Law
International Journal of the Center for Civil Society Law (IJCSL) see also Newsletter

"An Introduction to New Zealand Law & Sources of Legal Information" / by Margaret Greville (updated August 2005)

The Journal of Philosophy, Science & Law
This online journal "is an interdisciplinary forum dedicated to examining issues in the intersection of applied philosophy, science, and the law."

Peace Palace Library
A treasure trove for international law researchers

University of New England Law Journal (AustLII)
The University of New England Law Journal was established in 2004 as a legal periodical publishing scholarly articles, case notes and book reviews of interest to practitioners, academic lawyers and students of law. The journal is generalist in outlook and publishes on a wide variety of doctrinal, socio-legal, historical and theoretical perspectives of the law from both Australian and international authors. The journal is published twice a year, in June and December.

World Justice Information Network
The WJIN is a participant-driven news and research network on international justice. WJIN is more than just a document repository. Via a system of interconnected web-logs (blogs), WJIN members can create and interact with valuable content, contribute original research, create photo-essays, report related news, and participate in ongoing research collaborations.


September / October 2005


Australian Library and Information Association(ALIA) : Asia Pacific Special Interest Group
ALIA Asia Pacific Special Interest Group is a national group that aims to lead efforts in identifying new sources of support for the development between information professionals in the region, through two-way co-operation.  Publishes a Newsletter three times per year giving details of new developments and initiatives in libraries in the Asia and the South Pacific.

British library Direct
British Library Direct is a multi-disciplinary database containing 20,000 journals held by the British Library and focuses predominantly on the subjects of science, technology and medicine.  Useful database for identifying articles however access to the full text of articles is not free.

Google Earth
Google Earth combines satellite imagery, maps and the power of Google Search to put the world's geographic information at your fingertips.

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Te Papa's key tasks are to preserve and present the taonga (treasures) of New Zealand's peoples and to interpret the country's heritage for national and international audiences.  Includes materials on Pacific cultures

Pacific Economic Bulletin
Volumes 1-19 (1986-2004) of the PEB are now available in full text on the Emalus library's digital archive.  All articles in the PEB can be keyword searched via the Emalus Campus library's online search facility [Emalus Campus only].  An excellent resource.
Information for children and adults about physics. The site features a database of refereed physics websites that are searchable by "natural language query software (EasyAsk)" and that are ranked by age and level of physics knowledge. The site also provides interactive features about the history of physics and physicists and about physics in everyday life. From the Institute of Physics, an "international professional body and learned society."

Smithsonian: Spotlight on Science
This weekly newsletter from the Smithsonian Institution provides information about the "latest cutting-edge research by Smithsonian Scientists." Topics include space travel, astronomy, "bar coding" gene sequences, and biodiversity. Each issue also includes a bibliography with links to selected material. Newsletters date back to 2003.

Speigel International
English version of the prominent German magazine.


Association of Pacific Island Legislatures
APIL, formed in 1981, is comprised of legislative representatives from 12 island governments. These are: American Samoa Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Island of Guam FSM State of Chuuk FSM State of Kosrae FSM State of Pohnpei FSM State of Yap Republican of the Marshall Islands Republic of Palau State of Hawaii Republic of Nauru Republic of Kiribati APIL is a regional organization committed to working together on matters of mutual concern and interest. APIL meet regularly to consider matters in areas where regional cooperation, coordination, exchange and assistance may help governments achieve their goals through collective action.

Australian Journal of Legal History (AustLII)
Contains the full text of the Macquarie University Australian Journal of Legal History from 2003.

Australasian Law Journals Project (AustLII)
The Australasian Law Journals Project aims to provide a comprehensive search facility for all academic law journals in Australia and New Zealand. Currently, the search facility allows searches over 21 law journals.

EU Law
The number of websites containing information on EU law / EU policies appears to grow daily and it is a virtually impossible task to provide a comprehensive list. This directory of online resources  provide a good starting point for further study and research.

German Law Journal
Review of developments in German, European and international jurisprudence.  Articles in English.  Fulltext and freely available. 

Guam Bar Association
Network of Guam statutory  bodies including the Attorney-General and Superior and Supreme Courts.

Hauser Global Law School Programme
Site includes full text access to articles and working papers in human rights, international and comparative law. 
The site also includes Globalex - a collection of articles on international, comparative, and foreign law research including An Introduction to New Zealand Law & Sources of Legal Information ; French Law on the Internet - The Basics and Free Resources ; Researching French Law.

International Law Commission
Includes full text access to international law conventions, texts, Commission reports and other documentation.

JurisPacific [Guam]
JurisPacific was developed to enable legal professionals to conduct research on Guam case law with ease.

  JurisPacific is the only online service that provides access to a fully searchable database of over 20 years of Guam case law.  
  Guam Code Annotated (GCA)
    These documents comprise the online edition of the codified laws of Guam, as provided by the Compiler of Laws and copyrighted by the Government of Guam. The GCA is maintained as modifications and additions are provided by the Compiler of Laws. The latest update provided by the Compiler of Laws: July 2005.  
  Superior Court of Guam Case Law
Date range: 1980 to the present
    The JurisPacific database houses the most comprehensive searchable collection of Superior Court of Guam case law documents from 1980 to the current year. All of the documents available at the Guam Law Library are available on our system with full search capability. These documents include:
bulletBench Warrants
    These case law documents are digitized formats of the same documents you would find at the law library or other document repository. They have the same characteristics as their paper source, including:
bulletother source characteristics, like handwritten notations
  Supreme Court of Guam Case Law
Date range: 1996 to current year
    The JurisPacific database includes the full case law record from the Supreme Court of Guam since its inception in 1996.  
  Guam Public Law
Date range: 17th through 28th Guam Legislature
    Our database also includes Guam Public Laws from the 17th through the 28th Guam Legislature, comprising laws passed since 1983.  
Guam Administrative Rules and Regulations  
    The Administrative Rules and Regulations in our database are the latest version compiled by the Guam Compiler of Laws. These documents include Guam's procurement regulations.  
  Executive Orders  
    Executive Orders issued by the Governor of Guam from 1987 to the present.  
  Attorney General Opinions  
    Opinions issued by the Attorney General of Guam between 1988 and 2004.

Macquarie Journal of International and Comparative Environmental Law  (AustLII)
Contains the full text of the Macquarie Journal of International and Comparative Environmental Law since its inception in 2004.

NatLex [International Labour Organsiation]
Database of national laws on labour, social security and related human rights. Links to full text legislation. Detailed entries for the following countries: Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.

New Zealand Law Commission
New website from the New Zealand Law Commission.  The new NZLC site
provides more information on projects and you can now subscribe to email updates that will advise you when a new publication or press release is added to the site.  Includes details of the NZLC project examining Custom and Human Rights in the Pacific.

NZLII Copyright Tribunal of New Zealand Decisions (NZLII)
This database contains selected decisions of the Copyright Tribunal of New Zealand.

PACLII Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea
This database contains decisions from the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court from 1976.

Papua New Guinea Law Reports
This database contains decisions from the Papua New Guinea Law Reports from 1963 to 1996.

Papua New Guinea District Court (PacLII)
This database contains decisions from the Papua New Guinea District Court from 1995 to 2001.

Supreme Court of Guam Compiler of Laws
The Compiler of Laws is responsible for officially publishing the Session Laws of the Guam Legislature, the Guam Code Annotated and updates thereto, the Guam Administrative Rules and Regulations, Supreme Court of Guam Opinions, Executive Orders and Attorney General Opinions.


New Sites of Interest - July / August 


Credo - Centre for Research and Documentation on Oceania
CREDO is a cross-disciplinary research laboratory in socio-cultural anthropology, history and archaeology.

Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems
A multidisciplinary encyclopedia incorporating 16 separate encyclopedias (over 200 volumes) examining
natural environmental systems as well as ancillary social systems required to foster societal harmony, safety, nutrition, medical care, economic standards, and the development of new technology.  Excellent online resource for science students, environmental and international law, and linguistics.  *Emalus Campus Library subscription. - furthering Vanuatu music, dance and culture
new Website to facilitate online shopping for Vanuatu Music and Cultural Products

France in America: La France en Amerique
This "English-French digital library ... tells the story of the French presence in North America and the interactions between the French and American peoples from the early 16th to the late 19th centuries." Features access to thousands of documents and interpretive texts, which are searchable, or browsable by theme such as exploration and Franco-Indian alliances. Also includes a chronology and maps. A joint project of the Library of Congress and the National Library of France.

Interactive Atlas of the World's Languages in Danger of Disappearing
The "information collected on a large number of endangered languages in all parts of the world is now available online starting with the map of the African continent." Includes information about endangered, moribund, and extinct languages. Browsable by language or location. Includes link to the 2003 "Language Vitality and Endangerment Paper." From United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Matangi Tonga Magazine
Tongan news.  Includes coverage of Court cases and parliamentary proceedings.

Nguna-Pele Marine Protected Area
Includes information about Nguna (Vanuatu), photographs and travel essays.

Pacific Aids Foundation
"The Pacific Islands AIDS Foundation (PIAF) is the first and sole regional non-governmental organisation focusing exclusively on HIV/AIDS in the Pacific Islands."
cross-referenced encyclopedia of current events, with news feeds and research links.

Solomon Star [newspaper]
Solomon Islands newspaper.

Vanuatu's colonial past
an archive of newspaper clippings from 1883 to independence.

The Environment Unit is the government agency responsible for providing technical advice on environmental matters to the government and peoples of Vanuatu. It is responsible to the Minister of Lands, Natural Resources, Geology, Energy and Environment.   The website of the Vanuatu Environment Unit  is an excellent resource site for information relating to Vanuatu's environment.  Includes the full text of Vanuatu's fisheries legislation in bislama .

Volcano World
Features current volcano activity around the world, specific volcanoes, and volcanic parks. Features interviews with famous volcanologists and volcano video clips, as well as a section for children that includes learning games, school project ideas, and instructions for making a volcano. Searchable, and browsable by world region, country or area, or volcano name. From the University of North Dakota. see Vanuatu volcanoes

Wan Smolbag Theatre
Working with communities through drama to provide a greater understanding of development issues in the South Pacific".

'Webby' Awards winners 2005
The best of the net.


CIMEL and INTERIGHTS: "Honour" Crimes Project
This project "focuses on forced marriage along with other manifestations of 'honour' crimes such as 'honour' killings." The site features articles, a directory of initiatives to address honor crimes throughout the world, a bibliography, and links to related sites. From the Centre of Islamic and Middle Eastern Laws (CIMEL) at London University and the International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights (INTERIGHTS).

Committee on Economic, Cultural and Social Rights
Includes links to the workings of the Committee, full text documents and the status of national ratifications of the Covenant for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Department of Land Affairs [South Africa]
Official information about the programs in South Africa "to provide access to land and to extend rights in land, with particular emphasis on the previously disadvantaged communities, within a well-planned environment." The site features information about legislation and policies, publications, and an overview of land reform programs of restitution, redistribution, and land tenure. Also includes a glossary and links to related sites. Searchable.

Fiji Law Society
Includes full text of the FLS monthly newsletter and information about the activities of the Fiji Young Lawyers Association.

Inquiry to Review New Zealand Constitutional Arrangements
Includes the committee's draft papers on the history and status of what makes up New Zealand's constitutional arrangements, what other countries' constitutions look like and how other countries went about changing their constitutions.

Legal Theory Blog
Legal Theory Blog comments and reports on recent scholarship in jurisprudence, law and philosophy, law and economic theory, and theoretical work in substantive areas, such as constitutional law, cyberlaw, procedure, criminal law, intellectual property, torts, contracts, etc.

Movement towards independence in the South Pacific
A digital archive of legislation, orders, Treaties, and related documents.

Offshore Oasis
A gateway to information about offshore banking facilities.  Includes access to many articles about offshore banking.

Reference Guide to the Geneva Conventions
Includes history, guides, online and offline resources, an index to the conventions, the full text of the conventions, and text and information about other treaties. From the Society of Professional Journalists.

Reform: the journal of the Australian Law Reform Commission
As part of a series of events this week to mark its 30th anniversary, the Australian Law Reform Commission is pleased to announce that past issues of its journal
Reform will now be freely available online. 
The ALRC will be providing full text of articles published in previous issues as part of its commitment to providing community education and information on law reform issues Reform seeks to provide a forum to engage a broad cross-section of the community in constructive, high-quality debate on issues of national and international law reform.

South Pacific Civil Society Library
A collection of documents and resources promoting an enabling environment for civil society and public participation in the South Pacific.

UNCITRAL website
The United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) has launched a new website. Includes UNCITRAL texts and status.

UN Pulse
The Dag Hammarskjold Library of the United Nations has launched a new web blog, UN Pulse, an alert to just-released UN online information, major reports, publications and documents.

Vanuatu Maritime Services
Includes maritime law relevant to Vanuatu including the full text of the Maritime Act and Regulations.


New Sites of Interest - May / June 


British Library Images Online
The British Library is the United Kingdom's national library and one of the largest libraries in the world. The site provides "thousands of the greatest images from the British Library's collections, which include manuscripts, rare books and maps spanning almost 3000 years with material from every continent." Searchable, or browse by subject or title.  *Included in the collection is The Landing at Erramanga [Eromanga], 4 August 1774, during.Captain Cook's Second Voyage, 1772-1775.

Centre for Pacific and Asian Studies
The CPAS aims to advance basic and applied research in the region .
The Centre publishes a newsletter entitled Oceania Newsletter. This newsletter includes progress reports on research projects of members and affiliated members of the CPAS as well as short articles on topical issues concerning the Pacific. It also contains announcements of workshops, seminars, conferences and exhibitions on the Pacific, and a list of recent publications on Oceania

A health encyclopedia.  "'s mission is to be the Internet’s most trusted and extensive information resource for health and medical content. We will achieve this aim by presenting objective, comprehensive, up-to-date health information in a clear and concise format for consumers and health professionals alike."

In Depth: Pope Benedict XVI
Profile of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, 78, who was chosen on April 19, 2005, to succeed Pope John Paul II. He will be known as Benedict XVI. Also includes related news stories, the English text of his first speech as pope, background and analysis, an explanation of relativism, images, and video and audio clips. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

Incredible blogs
This well-written review site for blogs is useful for discovering excellent blogs on a wide range of subjects.  Updated daily; free subscription available.

Newspad Pacific Info
Available in English and French, this new Pacific news website has a strong focus on French Polynesia and New Caledonia.

Pope John Paul II: Theological Obituary
An overview of Pope John Paul II's attitudes and opinions on various spiritual and moral issues, such as liberation theology, reconciliation with the Jews, euthanasia, suicide, capital punishment, abortion, women in the church, and right to life. From the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

South Pacific Stock Exchange
The South Pacific Stock Exchange (SPSE), formerly the Suva Stock Exchange, is currently the only licensed securities exchange in the Fiji Islands.  In November 2000, the Stock Exchange officially changed its name to the South Pacific Stock Exchange (SPSE). The change is in line with the SPSE's vision of being a regional exchange.  Site includes Stock Exchange Listing Rules and announcements.

Subject Finder
Subject Finder is developed by Ethiopian Treasures to help students, teachers and lecturers find educational websites easily without being overwhelmed with a large number of search results. It is designed to search only educational websites which contain tutorials, learning and teaching materials such as Accounting, Arts and Design, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computing, Construction, Counselling, Economics, Electronics, Engineering, Geography, Health, History, Law, Languages, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Reference, Science, Social Science, Sociology, Travel, etc.


Commonwealth Legal Education Association
The CLEA aims to foster high standards of legal education and research in Commonwealth countries; to build up contacts between interested individuals and organisations, and to disseminate information and literature concerning legal education and research.

Constitutional Court of South Africa
The Constitutional Court of South Africa announces the launch of its new website. The launch coincides with the tenth anniversary of its establishment on 14th February 1995. This national and international legal information resource is intended to be a focal point for legal research in the fields of Constitutional, Public and International and Human Rights Law.

Global Legal Information Network (GLIN)
The Global Legal Information Network (GLIN) is a database of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations. These GLIN members contribute the official full texts of published documents to the database in their original language. Each document is accompanied by a summary in English and subject terms selected from the multilingual index to GLIN.

Human Security Centre
Unlike traditional concepts of security, which focus on defending borders from external military threats, human security is concerned with the security of individuals and focussing on protecting individuals and communities from violence.  The Human Security Gateway is a rapidly expanding searchable online database of human security-related resources including reports, journal articles, news items and fact sheets

Pacific Law Blog
The Pacific Law Blog , maintained by the law librarian at the University of the South Pacific, will include the latest books on Pacific law received in the library, the most recent legislation received and the latest articles added to the Pacific Law Journal Index.  The weblog will also include links to media items relating to Pacific law drawn from Pacific Islands Report and PINA in addition to linking to the latest developments on PacLII.

PLN Banknote
The financial services industry newsletter from the Pacific Legal Network.  Discussion of current legal issues in the South Pacific.


New Sites of Interest - March / April 


The Encyclopaedia of New Zealand
Through interlinking text and image trails, the Encyclopedia takes you on a journey of discovery. Beginning with the theme of Peoples, it will eventually present a comprehensive guide to New Zealand – its natural environment, history, culture, economics and government."

Fiji Museum
The aim of this website is to encourage the understanding and accessibility of information on the history of Fiji and the surrounding South Pacific region.

The Guide for Electronic Theses and Dissertations
Resource for graduate students who are writing theses or dissertations.

National Integrity Studies of Pacific Island Countries (NISPAC)
As a part of Transparency International’s worldwide NIS project, TI Australia in collaboration with the Asia Pacific School of Economics and Government at the Australian National University (ANU) has carried out a further 12 National Integrity studies of Pacific Island Countries. The National Integrity Studies country surveys provide a standardized way of assessing anti corruption activity in particular countries.  The 12 individual country studies released during 2004 were Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu .

Online Etymology Dictionary
he basic sources of this work are Weekley's "An Etymological Dictionary of Modern English," Klein's "A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the English Language," "Oxford English Dictionary" (second edition), "Barnhart Dictionary of Etymology," Kluge's "Etymologisches Wörterbuch der Englischen Sprache," Ayto's "20th Century Words," and Chapman's "Dictionary of American Slang."

Pacific Concerns Resource Centre (PCRC)
 The mission of the PCRC is "t
o coordinate, articulate and disseminate information about the concerns and struggles of peoples of the Pacific in their desire to exist free from exploitation, from the threat of environmental degradation and from both foreign and internal forms of subjugation."  Includes access to full text resources in the following areas: Demilitarisation, ,     Decolonisation     • Environment     • Sustainable Human  Development     • Human Rights & Good       Governance

UNDP Governance for Livelihoods and Development (GOLD)  
The GOLD programme works to strengthen governance systems in Pacific Island Countries by encouraging transparency, accountability and participation in decision-making. GOLD supports parliamentary and judicial initiatives and promotes human rights in the Pacific.
Vanuatu A to Z touts itself as the simple guide to what Vanuatu has to offer the visitor – attractions, information, history, and little known facts about Vanuatu.  Written by expatriots who have lived in Vanuatu who "love Vanuatu and ... want visitors to return home with wonderful memories and spread the word about this safe, friendly and rewarding destination."


Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
Text of this declaration that went into effect in 1987. Also includes an alphabetic list of ratifying nations, declarations and reservations, and information about the Committee against Torture, which was established to monitor the convention's implementation. (From the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.)

ELSA Selected Papers on European Law
compilation of legal papers in the field of Private and Public European Law

FSM Legal Information System website (UPDATE)
Proposed constitutional amendments and other material from the 3rd Chuuk Constitutional Convention on the
The Legal Information System (LIS) of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) website announces the addition of constitutional amendment proposals, committee reports, and journals of the 3rd Chuuk State Constitutional Convention on its website. The FSM LIS website can be accessed at Users can access the Constitutional Convention documents by clicking on the Chuuk State directory http://www.fsmlaw/Chuuk/index.htm. The fourteen constitutional amendment proposals, accompanying standing and style & arrangement committee reports, and the daily journals of the convention can be accessed from the Chuuk Constitution link at http://www.fsmlaw/Chuuk/constitution/index.htm. The Chuuk Constitution is also available on that page and can be accessed by article or as a whole.

Legal portal developed by LexUM (University of Montreal) in collaboration with Ordre des Avocats du Burkina, Secretariat General du Gouvernement and ZCP informatique. Provides full text access to decisions of Burkina Faso including the Conseil Constitutionnel, Conseil d'Etat, Cour de Cassation and Tribunal du Travail. Available only in French.


Law, Social Justice and Global Development Journal (LGD) 
An electronic law journal covering a range of topics relating to legal issues surrounding the impact of globalisation on social development.

Law Via the Internet 2004
The 6th International Law via the Internet Conference was held in Paris on 3-5 November 2004. The conference proceedings are now available.

New Zealand Legal Information Institute (NZLII)
The New Zealand Information Institute (NZLII) is a prototype system developed by the University of Otago Faculty of Law, the Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Law and AustLII. It currently contains decisions from the Court of Appeal of New Zealand, New Zealand Commerce Commission, New Zealand Privacy Commissioner, Human Rights Review Tribunal of New Zealand, publications of the New Zealand Law Commission, the Otago Law Review and the Victoria University of Wellington Law Review.

Official Document System of the United Nations
The United Nations has
announced the availability of its Official  Document System (ODS), the premier full-text web resource  for official United Nations documentation, to the general public via, as of 31 December 2004. The ODS covers all types of official United Nations documentation originating from duty stations worldwide, including selective documents of the regional  commissions: Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia  (ESCWA), Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and Economic Commission for Europe (ECE).

Comprehensive coverage starts in 1993. Older United Nations documents are added to the system on a daily basis. Selective coverage of General Assembly and Security Council documentation currently reaches back to 1985.  The ODS also provides access to the  resolutions of the General Assembly, Security Council, Economic and Social Council and the Trusteeship Council from 1946 onwards.

Currently, the ODS contains close to 800,000 files and approximately 100,000 new documents are added each year.

Pacific Islands Treaty Series (PITS)
The Pacific Islands Treaty Series focuses on publishing, in both French and English, the bilateral and multilateral treaties and Conventions that 21 Pacific Island states have entered into, in a wide-range of categories. The project also identifies the ratification (domesticating) legislation passed by those countries. 

The agreements (treaties) contained on the website include, amongst others, environmental treaties, fisheries agreement, human rights, peacekeeping treaties and the international Conventions these Pacific Island states have entered into.

The Pacific Islands Treaty Series displays the international rights and obligations of the Pacific Island states from the late 19th century to date, thus showing the evolving priorities and commitments at international level of each Pacific Island state.


Includes links to international organisations, country information and treaties.


New Sites of Interest - December / January 


Education Resources Information Center: ERIC

The new site provides users with increased search capabilities utilizing simple, streamlined retrieval methods to access the existing ERIC bibliographic database (1966-2004). For example, users are now able to quickly refine search results through the use of keywords, publication date, publication type, or the ERIC thesaurus. Effective October 1, more than 107,000 full-text non-journal documents (issued 1993-2004), previously available through fee-based services only, will be available for free.  In addition, the Web site provides users with the capability to save and rerun searches using the My ERIC personalization feature.

Google Scholar
Google has released a new search site  called Google Scholar that lets you search "specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research."

Google Scholar also introduces a new query modifier:


How do you use the new author: query modifier? Well, here are three examples of it in work:

author:stack "The effect of country music on suicide"

author:Balasubramaniam "Coordination Modes in the Multisegmental Dynamics of Hula Hooping"

author:crispen "Social stress in pregnant squirrel monkeys"

With the advent of Google Scholar it becomes possible to see what resources have been mounted and made available on servers local to your own [or any other] institution.  Try using the standard Google command to limit searches to your site and you can, in Google Scholar, see what papers, chapters, reports etc are being stored on servers across your Uni.Try this search in the Scholar search box [you don't have to use any keywords, just the command]: [or just or site:edu or whatever you fancy] and you come up, with hundreds or, perhaps, thousands of 'resources' of various kinds on servers around your Uni. On looking at ours [briefly], most seem to be copies of papers put there by the authors of the papers and are, presumably, legit. However, one doesn't know that they are all legit. Either way, if we can do this kind of search, so can the publishers, so the advent of Google Scholar may mean that we have to be more careful about being seen to comply, since what we are doing actually CAN be seen. *You can search for specific file types at specific sites as well. Thus, searching for PDFs could be done this way: filetype:pdf .

Google Zeitgeist
Track "search patterns, trends, and surprises according to Google." Features top popular searches in general, as well as in categories such as celebrities, musicians, seasonal topics, and more. Includes archived weekly and monthly search reports back to 2001 and query information for various countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Brazil, Australia, and Japan.

Pacific Concerns Resource Centre (PCRC)
The mission of the PCRC is "t
o coordinate, articulate and disseminate information about the concerns and struggles of peoples of the Pacific in their desire to exist free from exploitation, from the threat of environmental degradation and from both foreign and internal forms of subjugation."  Includes access to full text resources in the following areas: Demilitarisation, ,     Decolonisation     • Environment     • Sustainable Human  Development     • Human Rights & Good       Governance

Pacific Regional Information System (PRISM)
Developed by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, PRISM is a regioanl clearinghouse for socio-economic statistical information on the countries of the South Pacific. 

Public Library of Science
The Public Library of Science (PLoS) is a non-profit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource.  Site includes full text access to its own online journals: PLoS Biology & PLoS Medicine

USP Regional Knowledgebase
The University of the South Pacific is frequently asked for information concerning the region. Due to the vast geographic distances between our Island Nations and our different levels of socio-economic development, information gathering for research and other purposes can become a daunting exercise. This knowledgebase is an attempt to rectify this difficulty and to make your information gathering a more meaningful and successful experience".

Socio-economic statistics available from the Pacific Regional Information System (PRISM).


Government of Papua New Guinea Law and Justice Sector website
The Law and Justice Sector website has been developed to provide easy access to information and services provided by the agencies and partners within the sector. The sector strategy focuses on the implementation of positive change associated with the many aspects of law and justice within PNG.

Papua New Guinea Judiciary Website
Official website of the Supreme and National Courts of Papua New Guinea.  Includes information on Court services, procedures and practices .

PLN BankNote
Financial services publication from the Pacific Legal Network.

Practice Source
Snappy new Australian law portal.  Includes the latest law news plus access to a range of useful resources.

Tokelau Council of Ongoing Government
Official site of the Tokelau Council of Ongoing Government. Includes full text materials on the government structure of Tokelau and Tokelau's constitutional relationship with New Zealand .  Also includes full text access to legislation of Tokelau.


New Sites of Interest - October / November


Campaign 2004 News
"Use the unique capabilities of LexisNexis ... to get the latest updates on Election 2004 candidates and issues surrounding the 2004 presidential election." Includes links to stories about George W. Bush and John Kerry, speeches and quotes, poll results, television transcripts, and related information.

Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood
Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood is an online-only international research journal published by 'Triangle Journals' based in Oxfordshire in the United Kingdom. The journal contains research reports, full text articles, book reviews and commentaries by educational researchers and professionals who are exploring new and alternative perspectives in their work with young children (from birth to eight years of age) and their families. It also aims to provides a forum for scholars to highlight the ways in which the boundaries of early childhood studies and practice are expanding, and for readers to participate in discussions about issues such as the sociology of childhood, alternative viewpoints of child development, language and identity, curriculum, culture and pedagogy.
Directory of Open Access Journals
The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) provides access to a growing collection of several thousand free full text scholarly journals covering all areas of the sciences, social sciences and humanities. Key social sciences covered include: law, politics, government, Anthropology, Education, Gender Studies, Sports Studies, Media and Communication studies, environmental sciences, Geography and Health care. It is hosted by Lund University Libraries Head Office. The project is funded by Open Society Institute - Budapest and also supported by SPARC (The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition)with the aim of increasing the visibility and accessibility of open access scholarly journals. It is possible to search by journal title or browse by subject. It is also possible to search for individual articles within the database.

Nationmaster country profile - Vanuatu

South Seas

South Seas
is an online reference guide to Captain James Cook's momentous first Pacific voyage of discovery (1768-1771). As well as providing the full text of Cook's journal and other important contemporary accounts of the voyage, it brings together and establishes relationships between information from many sources and in different forms (for instance, text, maps, and pictures) so that Cook's voyage can be understood within the context of 18th-century Pacific exploration and cross-cultural encounters.

World Economic Outlook Reports
These reports, issued twice a year, examine recent world economic developments and future prospects. Includes links to searchable databases aggregating data used for the reports; search or browse by country, scope by market or economy, and more. From the International Monetary Fund (IMF).



E-Journals and Journals on the Web Relating to the Field of Law
A large and up-to-date list of online journals compiled by the Staff of the Robert Crown Law Library at Stanford Law School for the Association of American Law Schools and the AALS Committee on Libraries and Technology

Fiji Human Rights Commission Digest

The Frederick K. Cox International Law Center War Crimes Research

his site features "over a thousand links to websites related to international humanitarian law." It also contain the text of research memoranda on issues pending before the International Criminal Tribunal and the International Criminal Court, a research guide, articles by members of the American Branch of the International Association of Penal Law, and a bibliography. Links and memoranda are searchable. From the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Government of Papua New Guinea Law and Justice Sector website
The Law and Justice Sector website has been developed to provide easy access to information and services provided by the agencies and partners within the sector. The sector strategy focuses on the implementation of positive change associated with the many aspects of law and justice within PNG.

Introduction to the legal structure of Tokelau
A collection of primary materials, commentary, and online materials compiled by Peter Murgatroyd, Law Librarian, at the Emalus Campus Library.

Melanesian Heritage Legislation Online
Collection of online acts and policies focusing on cultural heritage in Melanesia (Fiji, New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu), hosted by the Johnstone Centre at Charles Sturt University in Australia. The texts provided are in either English or French and are not official versions. Subjects covered include the protection of historical sites and artefacts, cultural policy and archaeological research.
Online Journal of Justice Studies
Website of the Online Journal of Justice Studies an electronic, peer reviewed publication produced by the Canadian International Consortium for the Advancement of Academic Publication (ICAAP). The OJJS is published four times a year and includes articles dealing with issues such as criminal justice, social justice and human rights.

Papua New Guinea Judiciary Website
Official website of the Supreme and National Courts of Papua New Guinea.  Includes information on Court services, procedures and practices .

Special Coverage: War on Terrorism
Extensive terrorism resources from FindLaw. The news section brings together the latest headlines on terrorism, Al Qaeda, detentions at Guantanamo Bay, the latest threat conditions, and more. Also find commentary, legal cases, documents (including the report of the 9-11 Commission and related testimony), and discussion boards. Includes resolutions from Congress, NATO, and other organizations.

Tokelau Council of Ongoing Government
Official site of the Tokelau Council of Ongoing Government. Includes full text materials on the government structure of Tokelau and Tokelau's constitutional relationship with New Zealand .  Also includes full text access to legislation of Tokelau.

University of the South Pacific Community Legal Centre
The University of the South Pacific Community Legal Centre provides free legal assistance to the public through its Port Vila office.  The Legal Centre also produces brochures in Bislama, French and English on important legal topics, which can be accessed through this website.



New Sites of Interest - August / September 


Avoiding plagiarism
The Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) offers this page on how students can avoid plagiarism. Provides a brief overview of contradictions in academic writing, actions that might be seen as plagiarism, and guidelines for researching, quoting, paraphrasing, and deciding if something is common knowledge. Includes exercises and a brief bibliography.

Fiji’s very first on-line job searching website.
  CareerNET is focussed on school leavers, final year tertiary students, belated entrants into the work force and laid-off workers seeking re-employment.

Early Childhood News

ECRP Early Childhood Education and Practice

Ecole Francais [Vanuatu]
The website of Ecole Francais includes  interesting materials on Vanuatu's history, culture and geography.

Environment Vanuatu
Official site of the Vanuatu Environment Unit. 
The Environment Unit is the government agency responsible for providing technical advice on environmental matters to the government and peoples of Vanuatu.  Includes full text access to  a wide range of documents including legislation.

Least developed country report
The reports in this series on LDCs (least developed countries) discuss economic development and poverty reduction in these countries, providing statistical tables and demographic information. Each report has a specific emphasis, such as the relationship between international trade and poverty, debt, agricultural productivity, and deficiencies in infrastructures; reports are provided back to 1996. From the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

Managing references
This page aims to give general guidance to users about references and bibliographies.

The Olympic Games
Librarians' Index to the Internet is pleased to present a new LII Theme Collection, The Olympic Games. Visit games and Olympians of past, present, and future; explore Athens, the home of the 2004 games; learn about the many different competitions; browse sites related to mascots, collectibles, doping, and security; learn about the Olympic Truce; or just look up a quick fact.

Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration
istance learning continues to grow in a number of guises, from asynchronous online learning to various satellite and television linkups between disparate locales and in some cases, different hemispheres. Therefore it is not so surprising that an online journal would come into being that addresses the various aspects of administering different distance learning programs".

Resources for Open University TEachers and Students.
ROUTES is a Library service providing access to selected quality-assessed Internet resources for Open University courses. Resources are selected by course teams and the Library's Information Specialists.

Skills in Accessing, Finding, and Reviewing Information  - Online tutorial to develop online information literacy skills.

Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies
Resource base for information and exchange of ideas about what is happening in languages, linguistics and area studies.

Texas Information Literacy Tutorial
Designed to introduce first-year students to research sources and skills.

UTNE magazine
UTNE MAGAZINE reprints the best articles from over 2,000 alternative media sources bringing you the latest ideas and trends emerging in our culture... Provocative writing from diverse perspectives. Of interest is 'The Loose Cannon '  - described as a smorgasbord of books, movies, plays, television shows, and works of music that broaden,deepen, or define the experience of being alive - 150 great works to set your imagination on fire!


Detailed accounts of famous [US] criminal trials .
Journal of transnational law and policy

Native Title Infobase
The Federal Court of Australia Library Catalogue together with the Native Title Infobase (NTIB) has been launched in conjunction with the new Federal Court home page.  The NTIB covers all aspects of Australian native title and also includes selected material from other jurisdictions including New Zealand, United States, Canada, Africa, Asia and other countries with indigenous populations involved in disputes over access to their traditional lands.

Online Journal of Law and Popular Culture

Research Guide to UN Documentation.
Designed to be an introduction to the Official Document System of the United Nations (ODS), a full-text database currently available only through subscription but expected to be made accessible free of charge by the end of the year.  Also from the same site is the UN Web Search (PowerPoint presentation) Designed to give an overview of the UN website and to demonstrate effective search methods in selected databases. The training guide covers the major areas of UN activity, explores the wealth of information available in the Research Guide ( and includes search techniques for the following databases: Human Rights, ReliefWeb, UN Treaty Collection and Press Releases.

UK Centre for Legal Education
The UK Centre for Legal Education (UKCLE) supports best practice in learning, teaching and assessment in law.

Web Journal of Current Legal Issues

The World Factbook of Criminal Justice Systems
This factbook provides narrative descriptions of the criminal justice systems of 45 countries around the world.


New Sites of interest - June / July


Academic Index
“Accessing tens of thousands of academic reference and research sites recommended by teachers and librarians”

Fijian Studies - a Journal of Contemporary Fiji
The first-ever academic journal devoted exclusively to the study of Fiji.  Although the journal
will be available in future only by subscription, the first two issues are freely available from the site.

The Head Heeb
Interesting commentary on contemporary political events in the Pacific.

International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning

Math Goodies
Math Goodies is a free math help site featuring interactive lessons, homework help, worksheets and forums.

Selected winners of this years 'Webby' awards -- see also full list of winners

webby award winner

BBC - Human Body

people's voice winner Education
  Halifax Explosion      
  Newseum - The Interactive Museum of News      
  Shakespeare: Subject to Change      
webby award winner


people's voice winner

How Stuff Works
  BBC - Science & Nature    
  Edheads Virtual Knee Surgery    
  Hubble Space Telescope    

webby award winner

BBC News

people's voice winner

  Aljazeera.Net News      


Internet Medieval Sourcebook
Part of the The Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Medieval Legal History provides a fascinating insight into legal matters medieval. Law codes, Roman law and marriage, "Sale of Daughter as a Concubine", and much much more. [US] is an extensive resource for alternative dispute resolution (ADR).Resources include news feed, e-mail newsletter, training and conference events, and a public message board. Free access is avaliable to over 1000 articles and resources and are both searchable and arranged by topic.

New Zealand Supreme Court website
Includes access to case summaries and also the full text of the judgments of the Supreme Court.


New Sites of Interest - April / May 

Outstanding free collection of encyclopedias, dictionaries and reference sources.  Highly recommended.

Blue Oceans
A coolly eclectic site from our very own Peter Forster and
 Marijke Wilhelmus.

Celanen: A Journal of Indigenous Governance [Canada]

Citation Style Guides
This site is a convenient reference tool for students who need to write bibliographies using specific citation styles. Modern Language Association (MLA), Chicago (Turabian), American Psychological Association (APA), and American Anthropological Association (AAA) styles are featured.

Connections: the newsletter of the Commonwealth of Learning

The Fiji Times

Hawaiian Electronic Library
The word is out on Ulukau, an online digital library that's placing Hawaiian vocabulary, and some literature, a click away from the world. The Bible, two Hawaiian-English dictionaries, a journal of archival Hawaiian texts, a collection of Hawaiian-language newspapers and a book about Kamehameha are posted at Ulukau: The Hawaiian Electronic Library ( Its developers say there's more to come."

research network that covers the two universities in West Papua as well as other teaching colleges and has information and articles of relevance to PNG and the region.

Special Edition on Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ
The Journal of Religion & Society presents a dozen articles from a January 2004 symposium that "explored some of the issues surrounding Mel Gibson's ... movie dramatizing the passion of Christ." Also includes "A Viewer's Guide to Contemporary Passion Plays," which provides background material and contemporary interpretations.

Te Matahauariki Research Institute [NZ]
his website is to keep you informed of our continuing programme of research which examines a question central to contemporary constitutional and political debates in New Zealand: If laws and institutions shape and reflect the values of a society, do the laws and institutions of New Zealand adequately fulfil that role? The programme does not aim to answer this fundamental question, but rather to build up a body of soundly based data, knowledge and commentary to inform an essential national discourse. "

Vivisimo search engine
The best new search engine on the web.  'Clustering' of web results by topic helps reduce information overload.


American Law Sources On-Line (ALSO!)
This site aims to provide "a comprehensive, uniform, and useful compilation of links to freely accessible on-line sources of law for the United States and Canada."

Around the Courts this week - Port Vila Presse
Roundup of judicial and legal proceedings in Vanuatu.  Updated irregularly. 

EUR-Lex: The Portal to European Union Law 
The EUR-Lex website is in fact the "single entry point to the complete collections of EU legal texts in all the official languages." The homepage for the site contains several helpful thematic collections of documents (in a variety of file formats for convenience), such as case-law, parliamentary questions, treaties, and several other categories.

Parliament of Samoa - Legislations
Full text of legislation in Samoan is free.  English versions can be ordered from the site.  Includes current lists of legislation arranged alphabetically and by year.
An excellent free resource for UK case law online.

UN Web Search
Designed to give an overview of the UN website and to demonstrate effective search methods in selected databases. The training guide covers the major areas of UN activity, explores the wealth of information available in the Research Guide ( and includes search techniques for the following databases: Human Rights, ReliefWeb, UN Treaty Collection and Press Releases.

World Justice Information Network - criminal justice news worldwide


New Sites of Interest - February / March 


 AgNIC Traditional Pacific Island Crops Web site

The Internet resources included in this AgNIC Web site provide information on the following traditional Pacific Island crops:
bullet Bananas and Plantains (Musa sp.)
bullet Betel Nut (Areca catechu)
bullet Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis)
bullet Cassava (Manihot esculenta)
bullet Coconut (Cocos nucifera)
bullet Kava (Piper methysticum)
bullet Noni (Morinda citrifolia)
bullet Pandanus (Pandanus sp. )
bullet Sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum)
bullet Sweet Potato (Ipomoea batatas)
bullet Taro (Colocasia esculenta) and other Edible Aroids
bullet Yam (Dioscorea sp.)
A free online english dictionary which offers a search which returns word, and phrase definitions from a variety of dictionary tables. Drawn from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary.

Educator's Reference Desk
This site gives access to "2,000+ lesson plans, 3,000+ links to online education information, and 200+ question archive responses. ... [It also] provides a search interface to the ERIC [Educational Resources Information Center] Database, providing access to over one million bibliographic records on educational research, theory, and practice." The database is updated monthly and includes citations from 1966 to the present. Searchable. From the Information Institute of Syracuse (IIS).

Free Full-Text Journals in Chemistry
ists of permanently and temporarily available free full-text journals in chemistry, biochemistry and related subjects. Updates and additions twice a month.

Harper's Magazine 'Connections'
An American journal of literature, politics, culture, and the arts published continuously from 1850. Connections explores links between people, places, things, and ideas.

This site contains over 400 separate historical articles and descriptions of approximately 4,000 world events, with an emphasis on English history. Material is searchable or browsable by time period, topic, and location.

New Zealand Electronic Text Centre (NZETC) - Samoan and Pacific texts
Texts to be made available on the NZETC website include: Pratt's Samoan dictionary, Dr. Semisi Ma'ia'i's Samoan translation of Turner's Samoa A Hundred Years Ago and Long Before, S. Percy Smith's Niu-fekai (or Savage) Island and its people, Professor Albert Wendt's 1965 Victoria University MA thesis on the Mau movement, and 1957 VUW alumnus Professor Ron Crocombe's ANU thesis on land tenure in the Cook Islands.

Pacific Updates
Latest online papers from ANU's Asia Pacific School of Economics and Government.

Research 101
This resource is "an interactive online tutorial for students wanting an introduction to research skills. The tutorial covers the basics, including how to select a topic and develop research questions, as well as how to select, search for, find, and evaluate information sources."

Vanuatu Weekly Hebdomadaire index 1989-2001
An index compiled by the Emalus Campus library to the Vanuatu Weekly Hebdomadaire from 1989 - 2001.  Searchable by keyword and browsable by month and year.  Headlines in English, French and Bislama as published.

'Working papers in Linguistics'
From the University of Hawaii.


Commission on Folk Law and Legal Pluralism Newsletter

Droit Francophone
Legal portal of the Intergovernmental Agency of French Speaking Countries developed in collaboration with LexUM (Public Law Research Centre, University of Montreal). Access to the legal resource sites is by region, by individual country and by content including international resources, civil society, public administration, legislation, caselaw, academic legal areas, the legal profession, news, journals, conferences and general legal information sites. Also includes databases of full text legislation and caselaw for selected countries.

"High Court of Australia" (AustLII)
This database contains full text of all decisions of the High Court of Australia since its inception in 1903. It is now among the few complete free access online national courts databases of any country, back to the first decision of the Court.

"International Courts & Tribunals" (WorldLII)
This project aims to make searchable from one location all of the international courts and tribunals databases available on WorldLII. It also provides a link to the 'International Courts & Tribunals' page on the WorldLII Catalog and Websearch.

"Law Reform Project" (WorldLII)
This project aims to make searchable from one location all of the databases specialising in Law Reform available on any of the Legal Information Institutes (LIIs) that are part of WorldLII. It also provides a link to the 'Law Reform' page on the WorldLII Catalog and Websearch.

Laws of Fiji
 Lists of Acts, Regulations, Decrees, Legal Notices and Amendments. Many available in full text. Official govt. website.

Mental Health Lawyers Alliance
Mental health law and health policy website .  Includes some full text articles , chapters and reports.

Online Courts for Kids: Learning About Law on the World Wide Web
A set of links intended to teach children about the creation and enforcement of laws in the United States and around the world. Includes annotated links to information on important legal documents, streaming media from courtrooms, children's pages from various court sites, and Spanish language legal sites. From the Washington State Department of Information Services.

Scottish Council of Law Reporting
Includes full text of session cases, useful resource links, and comprehensive collections of full text documents relating to landmark Scottish decisions such as
Donoghue v Stevenson.

Southern African Legal Information Institute (SAFLII)
SAFLII currently contains decisions from the Constitution Court of South Africa, the Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa and the Land Claims Court of South Africa, selected South African Consolidated Legislation and publications of the South African Law Commission.


New Sites of Interest - December / January 


Babel Fish Translation
Online free tool for translating languages.  Can be used to translate from webpages from English to French and vice versa.  Not perfect but useful.

Blogwise is a new site bringing you a collection of categorised blogs from around the world.

BLOGRUNNER is a portal for blog content. The site features an index of weblog entries from across the web. These entries are grouped together according to interest topics and news stories. BLOGRUNNER makes it easier to track stories and conversation threads that develop across blogspace. BLOGRUNNER also highlights the interdependency of mainstream media with the blogosphere by closely integrating weblog entries with the stories they track from traditional media.

British Pathe Collection
A collection of more than 12 million historic photographs, capturing scenes from the Boer War to the D-Day landings, has been published on the internet.
The images, which date back to the turn of the 20th century, have been captured from the archives of the British Pathe newsreel, a cinema news service that pre-dated television.

Census of Marine Life
This is "a growing global network of researchers in more than 45 nations engaged in a ten-year initiative to assess and explain the diversity, distribution, and abundance of marine life in the oceans -- past, present, and future." The site presents descriptions of and links to the network's projects, such as "Natural Geography in Shore Areas" and the "History of Marine Animal Populations." Available in several languages, including German, Japanese, and Spanish. Searchable.

A bibliographic database dedicated to Economics. Over 200,000 items of research can be browsed or searched, and over 100,000 can be downloaded in full text. IDEAS uses the RePEc database. RePEc stands for "Research Papers in Economics" and is an internal name for a group working on the provision of electronic working papers.

International Action Network on Small Arms

"Mathcentre provides support to students making the transition from school to university and offers all universities resources to establish or enhance their local mathematics support provision. Mathcentre offers students and university staff free-standing help leaflets on basic topics which are known to cause problems. For a more in-depth treatment there are also teach-yourself workbooks with plenty of worked examples, explanations and exercises."

Millenium Indicators Database
From the site, 48 indicators to measure progress towards the Millennium Development goals was adopted by a consensus of experts from the United Nations Secretariat and IMF, OECD and the World Bank. It's also possible to search and compare information by country.

Excellent learning resource for students (incl. schools) for environment and nature.    Includes 'Nature explorer' pages for young children.  Colourful, interactive, fun and educational.

New Scientist Science Links
Excellent selection of online resources across all subject areas in both the sciences and social sciences.  

Papua New Guinea Resources
Containing news, pictures, books and links

Resource Discovery Network
The RDN is a collaboration of over seventy educational and research organisations, including the Natural History Museum and the British Library.  In contrast to search engines, the RDN gathers resources which are carefully selected, indexed and described by specialists in our partner institutions. see also The RDN Virtual Training Suite -  61 free Web - tutorials designed to help students to become more effective Internet users. A subject-focus enables students to learn Internet skills in a context that has relevance for them

It is an absolute goldmine of information (cultural, historical) about Rotuma and has a large full text document collection . "One purpose of this website is to provide information about Rotuman society and culture to those who wish to learn more about the island and its people. It contains information about Rotuman history, language, population and culture, as well as maps. A summary of recent publications concerning Rotuma is also presented."

Scenta is a new service for professionals, schoolchildren and students, the media, teachers and academics interested in science, engineering and technology. Scenta provides content from leading industry, academic and institutional players from the SET community.

Slate Citation Machine
This tool generates bibliographic citations in MLA (Modern Language Association) and APA (American Psychological Association) format from information entered in a form. The site includes templates for single- and multiple-author books, encyclopedia articles, broadcast programming, interviews, Web sites, personal e-mail messages, online forum postings, and articles from magazines, newspapers, print journals, and online publications. From the Landmarks for Schools educational Web site.

Taking IT Global
TakingITGlobal (TIG) is about encouraging young people to believe in themselves and their ability to make a difference in the world. We create environments where people are exposed to new thinking, a diversity of voices, and new opportunities"

Vanuatu Weekly Hebdomadaire index 1989-2001
An index being compiled by the Emalus Campus library to the Vanuatu Weekly Hebdomadaire from 1989 - 2001.  Searchable by keyword and browsable by month and year.  Headlines in English, French and Bislama as published.


Asian Law Bibliography
Published by the Asian Law Centre at the University of Melbourne.  Online searchable bibliography browsable by country and topic.  Includes some references to Fiji and Vanuatu .  It is a collection of English language materials on Asian laws available throughout the world and includes books, chapters in books, journal articles and theses.

Electronic Information System for International Law (EISIL)
This directory of international law Web sites features sections for general international law, human rights, and economic, environmental, and criminal law. Directory entries include site descriptions and legal citations. Browsable and searchable. From the American Society of International Law.

Internet Journal of Criminology

Law Bore
Well presented subject gateways to law materials from the City University, London.

Law Scout
Provides subject access to all the pathfinders and guides of over 130 law schools and other institutions (US).

Northern Territory Law Reform Commission  report into Recognition of Aboriginal Customary Law

The Paper Chase
The Paper Chase, JURIST's enhanced legal news weblog .
A staff of 30 University of Pittsburgh law student anchors and reporters - organized and aided by a faculty member continually combs the Internet every weekday looking for the latest legal stories worth thinking about, filtering them, summarizing them and adding value to them with the best online primary and secondary sources available.  US focus but with some international content.

United Nations Research Guide
The Mitchell Memorial Library of Mississippi State University has been a United Nations depository library since July 2001. This is a selective guide designed to assist researchers and students in gaining access to United Nations materials available within the library's collections and databases, and via the Internet."

Vanuatu Financial Services Commission
Includes links to the following reports:

IMF Review of Financial Sector Regulation and Supervision - Vanuatu Volume I
IMF Detailed Assessment of Observance of Standards and Codes - Vanuatu Volume II

The WTO Analytical Index is the authoritative guide to the interpretation and application of findings and decisions of WTO panels, the WTO Appellate Body and other WTO bodies.


New Sites of Interest - October / November


The Battle Over Trade
Coverage of the World Trade Organization (WTO) ministerial meeting of September 2003 in Cancun, Mexico. Includes an analysis of why the talks collapsed, opposition by farmers and other protesters, the conflicting views of rich and poor countries, a map showing rival trade blocs, and interviews contrasting the experiences of people in the southern and northern hemispheres who work in the same industries. From the BBC.

Endangered Languages Database
Over 100 languages are included in this database, which represents "endangered languages with which the members of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) have worked or are working on." Searchable; browsable by country. Includes a brief but well-selected reading list.

Green bananas: Pacific Newsletter
The Newsletter is a monthly information page for Maori & Pacific Islands Leadership Development (Published by Auckland University)

"Information and Communication Technology for Development in the Pacific: The Role of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Fostering Poverty Reduction Efforts and Socioeconomic Development in the Pacific Region".

Informed Librarian Online
onthly current awareness service that helps librarians keep up with our professional reading in an easy, timesaving way. Each month, it brings us, in one compilation, the tables of contents of ALL the library journals, e-journals, magazines, e-zines, newsletters and e-newsletters that hit their electronic newsstands during that month. Just go to and you will immediately get your first issue of this highly useful email newsletter.

Paradigm Online Writing Assistant
Written by an English professor with more than thirty years of teaching experience, this award-winning site is "an interactive, menu-driven, online writer's guide and handbook" designed "to be useful for all writers, from inexperienced to advanced." The site focuses on essay writing topics such as choosing a subject, organizing, revising, editing (including basic grammar and punctuation), and documenting sources. Includes a discussion forum, recommended books, and a section on writing poetry. Searchable.

Population Index on the Web
Population Index' is the primary reference tool to the world's population literature. It presents an annotated bibliography of recently published books, journal articles, working papers, and other materials on population topics.  This website provides a searchable and browsable database containing 46,035 abstracts of demographic literature published in 'Population Index' in the period 1986-2000." Site includes a user's guide and list of sources. From the Office of Population Research, Princeton University.

PRISM -  Pacific Regional Information System.
This site is an "initiative of the National Statistics offices of the Pacific Islands" and includes extensive "statistical information about Pacific island countries and territories."

ReadyWeb: A Resource for Parents and Educators
This site provides "an electronic collection of resources on school readiness sponsored by the ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, funded by the U.S. Department of Education." It features articles and links to resources on research, public policy, statistics, parenting tips, and other topics. Also includes bibliographies on transitioning to kindergarten and reading, writing, and school readiness. Searchable.

Wireless Security
This FAQ is a clear, not overly technical document on the inherent security problems associated with "wi-fi" (wireless networking based on the 802.11 standards). Includes steps you can take to make your computers and laptops more secure.  Undated, but the text suggests it was written mid-2003. From Rutgers University.

WSIS Focus: World Summit on the Information Society
"A World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) is being planned by United Nations agencies. ... The summit will be held in Geneva in December 2003, with another planned for Tunis in 2005. WSIS events, and the process leading up to them, offer a framework in which to argue for 'pro-poor' policies that extend access to information & communication technologies (ICTs)." Site features position papers, a glossary, Web links, and other material on information literacy.


Findlaw's Writ: Legal Commentary
This searchable site presents essays (mostly US) by experts about current legal issues such as the California recall election, Enron, terrorism, and the 2000 elections. Archives are browsable by author. Also includes book reviews.

Institute of Global Law
The setting up of the Institute acknowledges the impact of law across national boundaries and the need to deepen inquiry into comparative approaches to law and legal study.  Includes a  database of translated German and French judicial decisions in the fields of constitutional, administrative, contract and tort law .

IPRIA (Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia)
"A national centre for multi-disciplinary research on the law, economics and management of intellectual property". (University of Melbourne). Publications, such as working papers are available for download [pdf]. Of particular interest is the section on International developments in IP

Journal of Law and Financial Management
A forum for the publication of research and analysis focused on the nexus of the general disciplinary areas of law (primarily business, corporate and commercial law) and financial management. June 2002  -

Jurisprudence on Slate
A regular column on SLATE (American of course)- sometimes it covers universal legal, especially judicial, matters . Clever, breezy, thoughtful

Law clerk on Gilligan's island: diary of a castaway
Humourous true diary of a US attorney who resigns from his job at a commercial law firm in the US to be a Judge's clerk in Palau for 12 months.

Samoa Offshore Finance Centre
Includes a background to Samoa history, government and legal system.  Detailed  summaries of offshore banking legislation and the regulatory framework.

Transnational Law Database
The Database contains thousands of comparative law references (arbitral awards, articles, statutes, restatements, conventions etc.), many of them in full text format


New Sites of Interest - August / September 


2003 "Webby" Award Winners
Award winning sites worth checking out.

Contemporary Political Studies: PSA Annual Conference papers 1994-2003
This site provides free access to a large selection of the papers delivered at the UK Political Studies Association annual conferences from 1994-2003. They cover the full range of political science subject areas including: political theory; church and state relations, political parties, the electoral system, political communication and Third way politics. Also included are material relating to international relations, public administration and the reform of the welfare state.

Current Issues in the Solomon Islands
Compilation of selected materials available online (USPNet only) examining current events in the Solomon Islands.

Global Environment Change and Our Health
Based on a course at Johns Hopkins University, this site "explores the connection between a threatened ecology and dangers to our well-being." The site, which features articles, animations, maps, and other images, is aimed at middle school students, teachers, and parents. Includes information about global warming, ozone depletion, the effect of human actions on the environment and human health, and a glossary.

ICT Capacity Building at USP
Details of the JICA sponsored Information and Communication Technology  development project at the University of the South Pacific.

Journal of Information Technology Education

Liberia Page
A collection of annotated links to online resources about Liberia, covering subject areas such as history, geography, demographics, travel, art, language, journalism, and human rights. From the African Studies Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

NASA Earth Observatory
Award winning site exploring topics across the broad themes of atmosphere, oceans, land , energy, and life.

New York Times Learning Network
Resources for students and teachers.

O.I.A Statistics Online
This website , maintained by the Office of insular Affairs, displays statistical data for the current and former US Insular Areas. These Areas are Guam, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, United States Virgin Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Republic of Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau. The statistics fall into three general areas: (1) results of census, (2) results of intercensal surveys, and (3) administrative records, including yearbooks.

Oceania Newsletter
The Centre for Pacific and Asian Studies (CPAS) at the University of Nijmegen publishes a biannual newsletter of Pacific Studies, entitled Oceania Newsletter. This newsletter includes progress reports on research projects of members and affiliated members of the CPAS as well as short articles on topical issues concerning the Pacific. It also contains announcements of workshops, seminars, conferences and exhibitions on the Pacific, and a list of recent publications on Oceania.  Site also has a keyword searchable bibliographic database.

Pacific Islands Regional Ocean Forum Bulletin (SPC)

Policitical Studies Review
This journal is an offshoot of the leading political science journal Political Studies published by the Political Studies Association. Political Studies Review aims to publish cutting edge review articles and book reviews.

Rod Ewins's Pacific Islands Politics
For much of the 1990s I was a student of Pacific islands politics, studying the interaction of tradition and politics in Fiji and Tonga. These pages collect some of my writings on the subject: some deal with specific events in Fiji and Tonga, while others range more widely and touch on the realm of political theory."

Reserve Bank of Vanuatu
With the website, the Bank aims to facilitate the accessibility of information in relation to the Bank’s main objectives.  Of particular interest are the Quarterly Economic Review, the monthly economic briefs and the summary tables covering the economy, the monetary and external sectors.

Survey of Scientific and Technological Information Needs in Less-Developed and Developing Countries

Taimi 'o Tonga news archive on Planet Tonga
This news summary page is brought to you through a partnership between Planet Tonga and Taimi 'o Tonga. It is updated regularly with summaries from the printed paper.  Included on the site is  special feature coverage of the banning of the newspaper from Tonga.  see also the Newswire from the same site.  The Newswire section is a collection of news articles from around the world that involves Tonga or the Tongan people. The news links are kept here from the previous 45 days and then removed.


Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations
Legal abbreviations can be a puzzle to both new students and experienced professionals. The Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations, compiled by a team in the Law Library at Cardiff University led by Peter Clinch, is a new service which allows users to search for abbreviations for the titles of English language legal publications.

Centre for Problem-Oriented Policing
Problem-oriented policing is designed to identify and remove the causes of recurring crime and disorder problems that harm communities.  Includes full-text practical guides.

International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea
Offers case law, principal texts and information about the role of the court and its jurisdiction.

"LAWPATHS" is a project to develop a resource bank of materials to support the learning and teaching of legal information research skills. These will be based on the best existing examples and will consist of guides, tutorials, workbooks and other materials developed by librarians and legal academics and publishers in a form which can be re-used and customised by other institutions."  Includes guides on legal research from a wide range of institutions.

OCLC Public Affairs Information Service 'Hot topics' archive
The hot topics site includes an overview of a subject with many links to web resources, bibliographic information from PAIS, and links to many  sites and portals around the world.  Recent 'Hot Topics' of particular interest include: Restorative Justice (July 2003) and Cultural Protection (Dec/Jan 2003).

Reparations - Theory, Practice and Legal Education
Proceedings and full-text of papers delivered at the Commonwealth Legal Education Association Conference
  ; Date 12th - 14th June 2003 Faculty of Law, University of Windsor .Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

United Kingdom Criminal Justice Weblog
Description:  Web log providing daily news and information on criminal justice issues produced by the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies and funded by the Rethinking Crime and Punishment initiative. Items are drawn from UK news sources and government and criminal justice organisations including links to Web sites, full text reports and press releases. News stories can be viewed by date or by subject including police and crime prevention, prisons, young offenders and courts and sentencing. The site also has a page of forthcoming events.

Human Rights Library (University of Minnesota)
Currently containing more than 14,450 documents and materials, this full text online collection of human rights treaties and secondary resources is well organised and includes an excellent search facility.

Virginia Journal of Law and Technology (US)


New Sites of Interest - June / July 


Atlas of the Body: Anatomy and Medical Illustrations
Browse this atlas of the human body by major section (brain, circulatory system, muscles, respiratory system, nervous system, or female reproductive system), or by subsections such as the hand or skull. From the American Medical Association.

Current Issues in the Solomon Islands
Compilation of selected materials available online (USPNet only) examining current events in the Solomon Islands

D-Lib Magazine
An online journal on digital library developments

Electronic Journal Miner
Useful index of electronic journal titles (both free and subscription based)

Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship

Ethnology Database
"Photographs and detailed information...for more than 400 cultural objects" from the Pacific region. Surfboards, hula drums, barkcloth, quilts, featherwork, makaloa mats, wooden bowls, and stone pounders are included in the online exhibit. From the collection of more than 70,000 items in the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Oahu, Hawaii.

A History of Vanuatu: selected readings
A comprehensive written history of Vanuatu has yet to be published. It is hoped that this online compilation of selected chapters and articles will serve as a useful introduction to the history of the country formerly known as the New Hebrides for Ni-Vanuatu students.

Medical Dictionary Online
A free online medical dictionary search engine for definitions of medical terminology, pharmaceutical drugs, healthcare equipment, health conditions, medical devices, specialty terms and medical abbreviations.

The Stanford Health Library
A collection of resources from the free consumer health library of Stanford Hospital and Clinics. Includes links to Web sites and electronic books (e-books) on women's health, children's health, men's health, diseases and disorders, and drug information and therapies. An online video collection addresses current medical treatments, cancer supportive care, and other health topics. The library will also prepare personalized, custom research packets (no initial cost).

Understanding Prejudice
This supplement to the print anthology Understanding Prejudice and Discrimination offers "more than 2,000 links to prejudice-related resources, as well as searchable databases with hundreds of prejudice researchers and social justice organizations." The Reading Room section has bibliographies on sexism, anti-Semitism, genocide, and many other prejudice-related topics. A searchable experts directory includes listings for more than 200 media contacts, career mentors, and social scientists.

Vanuatu Daily Post
Online daily news from Vanuatu.  From the same team that publishes the Trading Post.

Vanuatu: an Introduction
A compilation of resources about Vanuatu - politics and government, economy, geography, history and customs.

World Health Organization (WHO): Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)
This site "has been created to provide the public and professionals information about Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The site will be updated daily to ensure that the most current information is available." It includes a FAQ, recommended measures related to international travel, and reports on cases and affected countries.


Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations
The Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations is a new, free, web-based service which allows users to search for the meaning of abbreviations for the titles of English language legal publications. It also provides a range of additional information to assist tracing publications.

French Civil Codes and Legislation in English
A project to translate French laws has been launched by the Ministry of foreign affairs and the Ministry of Justice in the year 2000 and has been implemented by “Juriscope” and the National centre for scientific research (CNRS)

The following laws are, now, available in both Spanish and English: 

-10 codes (+ glossary)

- Civil code

- Civil procedure code

- Criminal code

- Code of penal procedure

- Intellectual property code

- Post and telecommunication code

- Commercial code

- Insurance code

- Government procurement code

- Consumer code

 - 2 laws (+ glossary)

- Freedom of Communication

- sub-contracting law

 This program will continue in 2003 with the updating of the text mentioned above and the translation of further laws as for example the financial and monetary code

Global Policy Forum
This organization "monitors policy making at the United Nations" and "promotes a more open, accountable, and democratic policy to address peoples' needs worldwide." The site includes extensive publications, documents, and data on the United Nations (with a special emphasis on the UN Security Council), globalization, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), international justice, sanctions, and social and economic policy. Also provides list of sponsored events and internship information. Searchable.

The International Prosecutor
The International Prosecutor is an electronic journal and is central to the work of the International Association of Prosecutors. Its contents support all the Objects of the Association and, in particular, its commitment to promote an examination of comparative criminal law and procedure.

In order to facilitate the widest possible exchange and dissemination among prosecutors of information, expertise and experience this journal is divided into six sections:

* academic articles
* professional papers
* legislation and case law
* letters to the president
* a bibliography
* the Newsletter

New Sites of Interest - April / May 

General sites

A site for academics, governments and NGOs featuring an 'ask a geographer' column giving access to expert advice; information on affinity groups; publications and available grants.

Association of Geographic Information

This useful website provides a bank of demographic data and statistics for research purposes.

Australian Graduate
Comprehensive Guide to University Courses in Australia.

World politics news as it happens.

Cybrarian Project
The vision for Cybrarian is: "to assist in decreasing the digital divide by facilitating access to the internet and to learning opportunities for those who currently do not, or cannot, use the internet because of a lack of skills or confidence or because of physical or cognitive disabilities."

Froogle is a new service from Google that makes it easy to find information about products for sale online. By focusing entirely on product search, Froogle applies the power of Google's search technology to a very specific task: locating stores that sell the item you want to find and pointing you directly to the place where you can make a purchase.

Iraq: a selection of resources
This (Librarians Index to the internet) Special Edition presents a variety of resources related to Iraq.

Museum of Hoaxes April Fool's Day Gallery
This site presents The Origin of April Fool's Day, The Top 100 April Fool's Day Hoaxes of All Time, and a quiz, which challenges sorting the truth from the outrageously false stories reported by the media on April first. It also includes a chronological index of hoaxes from the Middle Ages to the present, and an essay on reasons to hate the observance.

National Science Digital Library (US)
The National Science Foundation has launched the National Science Digital Library, giving free online access to a comprehensive collection of online educational resources for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  Excellent resource.

Ocean World
Information about many aspects of oceanography: fisheries, coral reefs, currents, El Niño, icebergs, weather, waves, and more. Users may Ask Dr. Bob related questions. There are links to Real Time Data for various oceanographic topics. There is also a textbook, Introduction to Physical Oceanography, written by Robert H. Stewart "for upper-division college students and new graduate students in oceanography, meteorology, and ocean engineering." From Texas A&M University.

Online Books Page
The Online Books Page is a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. It also aims to encourage the development of such online books, for the benefit and edification of all. Lists 18,000 titles at present.

The Open Directory Project is the largest, most comprehensive human-edited directory of the Web. It is constructed and maintained by a vast, global army of volunteer editors.

Pacific Literature-Studies-miscellaneous resources website
General page:
Pacific Authors:

A search engine with access to over 5000 politics websites and offering the latest news from around the world.

Listings of political sites available on the Internet sorted by country, with links to Parties, Organizations, Governments, Media, and more from all around the world

ResearchGuide 0.5 - Web-based management of subject guides for libraries
ResearchGuide is an open-source application, implemented using PHP/MySQL, that helps librarians make subject guides and specialist information pages using Web forms.

Vanuatu Daily Post
Online daily news from Vanuatu.  From the same team that publishes the Trading Post.

A comprehensive list of academic Economics journals from around the world.

A one-stop resource of maps and geography on the web.

Lists of countries, continents, 'did you know?' facts, data searches, short articles and much more about the world we live in.

Law sites (see also [Archive of 'New Sites'] )

A Complete Research Guide to the Laws of the People's Republic of China (PRC)
A guide to the legal systems and laws of the PRC (based on civil law) and of the Hong Kong (based on English common law) and Macao (based on Portuguese law) Special Administrative Regions. (Taiwan, with its own legal system, is not included.) The guide lists English and Chinese print and nonprint resources, arranged by topic, language, and format. Created by law librarians Wei Luo of Washington University and Joan Liu of New York University.

Fiji - Parliament of Fiji Islands website
Includes access to the full text of Hansard and Bills before Parliament.

Human Rights Watch World Report 2003
Human Rights Watch's annual assessment of human rights practices covers fifty-eight countries, from November 2001 through November 2002. It analyzes the state of human rights in a country; the responses of other countries, organizations, and institutions; and "the freedom of local human rights defenders to conduct their work." Special attention is given to the United States' fight against terrorism in relation to human rights, bilateralism, and the possibility of war in Iraq.

Intellectual Property on the Internet: A Survey of Issues
WIPO has published a report, "Intellectual Property on the Internet: A Survey of Issues," that addresses the far-reaching impact that digital technologies - the Internet in particular - have had on intellectual property (IP) and the international IP system.

Interights: The International Centre for Legal Protection of Human Rights
Excellent site.  INTERIGHTS, the International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights, is an international human rights law centre established in 1982 to support and promote the development of legal protection for human rights and freedoms worldwide through the effective use of international and comparative human rights law.   Of particular interest is the Commonwealth Human Rights Case law Database - searchable by keyword and country and including decisions from Pacific Islands jurisdictions.

"International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea Decisions" (WorldLII)
Contains decisions of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea Decisions since 1997.

"Journal of Law and Financial Management 2002-"  (AustLII)
A publication of research and analysis that focuses on the nexus of the general disciplinary areas of law (primarily business, corporate and commercial law) and financial management. See

Legal Affairs
Billing itself as "the magazine at the intersection of law and life", it's an interesting read.

"New Zealand Privacy Commissioner Cases 1998-"
Contains selected case notes from the New Zealand Privacy Commissioner .

Old Bailey Proceedings
The 100,000 trials (from the 60,000 pages of the Old Bailey Proceedings are being placed on the  website by academics from the universities of Hertfordshire and Sheffield.
 "The project has launched with 22,000 trials, from December 1714 to December 1759. The release of the remaining 78,000 trials will occur in batches, roughly according to the following timetable:

1760 to 1799: June 2003
1674 to October 1714: Autumn 2003
1800 to 1834: Spring 2004"

Restitution and unjust enrichment
Course materials, including articles, bibliographies, case law and a discussion list.  See particularly cases from the Pacific Islands.

World Trade Organisation: Documents Online
Access to the official documentation of the WTO, including the legal texts of the WTO agreements from 1995 onwards.

"World Trade Organization Appellate Body Decisions 1996- (WorldLii)
 Contains full text decisions of the World Trade Organization Appellate Body Decisions from 1996.

"World Trade Organization Arbitrators Decisions 1998-" (WorldLii)
Contains full text decisions of the World Trade Organization Arbitrators Decisions since its establishment in 1997.

New Sites of Interest - February / March

General sites

Center for Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture
CTSA was established in 1986 and is jointly administered by The Oceanic Institute and the University of Hawaii.

Bitpipe, Inc. ( is the leading syndicator of in-depth information technology (IT) content including white papers, webcasts, case studies and product literature. Bitpipe distributes content from over 3,500 leading IT vendors and over 60 top analyst firms including Gartner, IDC, Aberdeen Group, Meta Group, and Yankee Group via the Bitpipe Network. The Bitpipe Network reaches a qualified audience of technology buyers through agreements with InformationWeek, eWeek, CIO Insight, Network Computing, PC Magazine, and over 70 other leading IT and business-related websites.
A 'portal' from the American Chemical Society.

Computer Science
An annotated collection of links arranged by category.  Included are dictionaries, encyclopedias, electronic journals, algorithm collections, associations, organization, societies, programming languages, courses, tutorials, employment, and much more.
A searchable "news information resource helping you find the news on the topics of today's world." There is a categorized directory of links to news sites, including mainstream sources, newspapers, world and local news, business and finance, political, weather and science, health, and major stock exchanges.

The Ecumenical Centre for Research, Education and Advocacy (ECREA)
ECREA is a Non Government Organisation (NGO) based in Suva, Fiji Islands.  Founded in 1990 by the late Reverend Paula Niukula, with the aim to address the social, religious, economic and political issues that confront Fiji. 

French meteorology site (cyclone watch!)

Google Watch
"A look at how Google's monopoly, algorithms, and privacy policies are undermining the Web."

Library Associations Around the World Website

Literature of the Pacific Islands
An outstanding compilation of Pacific studies and Pacific literature resources.  Includes the following sections:

I.  Pacific Literature
II.  Pacific Journals
III.  Pacific Syllabi
IV.  Pacific Bibliographies
V.  Pacific Web Directories
VI.  Pacific Museums, Libraries, and Archives
VII.  Pacific Publishers and Book Distributors
VIII.  South Seas Literature Online
IX.  Pacific Studies in the Universities
X.  Pacific Language Dictionaries
XI.  Oceanian & Polynesian Voyagers
XII.  Pacific and Maori Visual Arts
XIII.  Nuclear Testing and the Pacific
XIV.  Maps and Images of Region
XV.  Pacific Newspapers and Other Online News Media
XVI.  Pacific Studies Conference
XVII.  Pacific Film
XVIII.  Legends, Stories, Religion, and Mythology
XIX.  Other Postcolonial and Pacific Studies Links

The Micronesian Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences

New Zealand government portal
Looking for government and council services in NZ?  This site links you to the information you need to get services such as getting a birth certificate or applying for legal aid.

News Is Free
This site offers news headlines, with links to the full stories, from more than 3,600 Web sources. It includes world, sports, entertainment, science, health, technology, economic, and other news. Basic site information is available in English, French, or German; the sources cited are in their original language. Site is searchable, and may also be browsed through a categorized index. Free registration allows for personal customizing and there are also fee based options.

Les Nouvelles Caledoniennes (Noumea newspaper)

Pidgins and Creoles in Education (PACE) Newsletter

Publications for Sustainable Extension Efforts on Tropical Islands
PEOPLE project providing access to full text materials on the Web related to tropical agriculture. FirstGov for Science
" is a gateway to authoritative selected science information provided by U.S. Government agencies, including research and development results." Over 1,000 annotated sites are included. Use the browsable index for a broad range of topics from Agriculture and Food to Science Education. Searchable by keyword. From the Alliance, a group of U.S. government science agencies.

Search Links
A topical listing of annotated links to major search engines and search tools devoted to news, multimedia, countries, children's sites, and more. The Specialty Search Engines section includes domain, government, legal, government, travel, and other special topics.

Today's Pacific News (from RNZI)

University of the South Pacific's 2003 Calendar
Now available on-line. The calendar is located on the USP Website as a PDF file

Wall Street Executive Library
 "The Web's best business sites" -   1450 information sources: news, newspapers, magazines, etc.  Excellent.

Law sites (see also [Archive of 'New Sites'] )

Consilio - Online journal for students of English law
Excellent student focussed journal.  Full text articles and many useful resources.

Criminal justice and criminology
The following sites are useful resource sites : World Criminal Justice Library Network international linksGlobal Report on Crime and Justice, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Australian Institute of Criminology links.

FedEE - Federation of European Employers website
Very comprehensive website focussing on employment law.  Although a European focus the site is an excellent resource.

Law Reports UK
includes The Daily Law Notes which are FREE summaries of reportable cases within 24 hours of judgment.

Legal Language Services
LLS has expertise in the field of legal translation, interpreting, transcription, litigation support, and international service of process.

**Update to Researching Australian Law
Nicholas Pengelley's update highlights legislation, case law, online services, secondary sources, publishers, and major texts.

Waikato Law Review

The World Legal Information Institute (WorldLII) <>  was officially launched on 25 November 2002. It is a free, independent and non-profit global legal research facility developed collaboratively by the following Legal Information Institutes (LIIs) and Law Schools:

- Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII)
- British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII)
- Canadian Legal Information Institute (CanLII)
- Hong Kong Legal Information Institute (HKLII)
- Legal Information Institute (Cornell) (LII (Cornell))
- Pacific Islands Legal Information Institute (PacLII) - yes that's us here at Emalus Campus!
- Wits University School of Law


New Sites of Interest - November / December / January 2003

General sites

Atlas of Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks, Minerals, and Textures
Images of rocks and minerals in thin section. Entries include rock type, locality, and brief descriptions. Some samples are displayed with various degrees of polarized light.

Australian Development Gateway
This gateway provides developing countries with information from government, private sector, civil society and academic sources.

BBC News World Edition: Country Profiles
Profiles provide an "instant guide" to news, history, politics, event timelines, and economic background of world countries. Presents country overviews, basic facts, Web links, and details on leaders and media. Includes news stories and audio and video clips from the BBC archives.  see Vanuatu country profile.

Cultural Survival Quarterly (Promoting the rights, voices and visions of indigenous people)
Online tutorials, free resources and tools for designing and developing your own website.

Electronic Books
This directory offers annotated links for electronic book information in the categories Free E-book Sites, Free Personal Digital Assistant [PDA] Sites, Commercial Sites, E-book Reader Software, and Dedicated E-book Readers. There are also tips for reading e-books online, searching for text in e-books, and saving e-books.

Facts on International Relations and Security Trends (FIRST)
Facts on International Relations and Security Trends (FIRST) is a free-of-charge service for politicians, journalists, researchers and the interested public.  The integrated database system contains clearly documented information from research institutes around the world. It covers areas in the field of international relations and security, such as hard facts on armed conflicts and peace keeping, arms production and trade, military expenditure, armed forces and conventional weapons holding, nuclear weapons, chronology, statistics and other reference data.  Of particular value is the ability to construct and view country profiles for countries drawing data from an extensive range of selectable databases - including economic and development indicators, and political and legal structures.  The ability to produce tailor made profiles on all countries is an outstanding resource.

"An online world atlas packed with geographic, economic, political, historical and cultural information. In addition, GeographyIQ brings together a number of other resources including maps, flags, currency conversion as well as climate and time zone information." This site provides no sources for its data.

Global Climate Change
"At this Web site, you can explore scientific data relating to the atmosphere, the oceans, the areas covered by ice and snow, and the living organisms in all these domains. You'll also get a sense of how scientists study natural phenomena--how researchers gather evidence, test theories, and come to conclusions."

'Google' News
Powered by the google search engine.  This site allows you to search and browse 4000 continuously updated news sites.  Homepage gives comprehensive worldwide news coverage from a variety of courses.  Simply the best news site on the web!

Micronesian Counselor (Full text articles  addressing social and development issues)

M.I.T. Course materials
Full text course materials and resources available for free from M.I.T. (The Massachusetts Institute of Technology).  ... "
MIT and the OpenCourseWare team are excited to share with you a first sampling of course materials from MIT's Faculty. We invite educators around the world to draw upon the materials for their own curricula, and we encourage all learners to use the materials for self-study..."

National Geographic Education Guide
A searchable collection of National Geographic sites with lesson plans, projects, photographs, printer-friendly maps, and a Teacher Community.

Pacific Collection: Internet Resources [from the University of Hawaii]
New Pacific internet links directory.  Links in the following categories:
Associations, Organizations, and Societies, Cultural Resources, Governments, Information Resources, Journals and Newsletters, Libraries, Archives, Publishers, News Sources, Other Sources, Regional Issues, Statistics.

Pidgins and Creoles in Education (PACE) Newsletter

Planet Ark
This site, out of Australia, "hosts over 17,000 pages of environmental news and information." Includes daily and archived news and photographs from Reuters World Environment News. The articles may be searched by keyword or browsed by topic.

Social, Economic and Political Change
Links to free resources for studying long term large scale change in social, political and economic systems. Links to data, research, theory, history sites, etc. Also includes a review of theories and research of change, and a review of current world demographic changes.

Timelinescience: One Thousand Years of Scientific Thought
"The timeline has been produced to celebrate 1000 years of scientific thought in the period 1000 to 2000." For each segment on the timeline, the section Setting the scene "provides some general information about the ideas and event of the time."

United Nations Official Site for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States
Offering extensive background information on international efforts and commitments relating to these nations and their hundreds of millions of inhabitants, the site provides regular updates on UN work in this area. It also contains links to major documents on the subject and to information on the countries themselves.

World Wildlife Fund South Pacific Programme

Law sites (see also [Archive of 'New Sites'] )

Center on Religion and Democracy
What is the relationship between religion and democracy? The Center is a nonpartisan research center which looks at democratic culture. Use the Library to view primary texts and documents relating to social theory, religion, and legal issues. Documents include de Tocqueville's Democracy in America and works by Hume, St. Augustine, Hobbes, and Locke.

Contents pages of (various) NZ law journals  as follows: Canterbury Law Review (1995-),   The Maori Law Review , The New Zealand Journal of Environmental Law , New Zealand Law Review (2000 -) Victoria University of Wellington Law Review , Waikato Law Review.

Documents on Terrorism
A collection of resolutions, testimony, declarations, and other documents from a number of official sources including the United States government, other national governments, and various international conferences and organizations. Part of The Avalon Project at Yale Law School.

Documents Online [WTO]
This database provides excellent and comprehensive access to the official documentation of the World Trade Organization, including the legal texts of the WTO agreements. You may retrieve and consult documents online and also download selected documents from the site to your PC, if you so wish. *Note: this database does not contain WTO publications.  Database able to be searched and browsed in the following categories: Official Records of WTO Bodies and Committees,  Dispute Settlement, Legal Texts and Agreements, Ministerial Meetings , and Background papers.

Incorporated Council of Law Reporting (access to summaries of reportable cases within 24 hours of judgment).

International Criminal Court
Official site of the permanent judicial branch of the United Nations which will try individuals for participation in war crimes and genocide. Contains a description of why the Court was founded and what it will do, plus documentation of the 1998 Rome Statute (entered into force on July 1, 2002), which created it, and subsequent implementation records.

Islamic Law
Providing full text access to primary and secondary materials
 in Islamic law and in the laws prevailing in Muslim countries, especially in Pakistan. This site has been set up as a store-house from where documents in these areas of research may be freely downloaded.

Legal Information for the Vanuatu community: a project of the USP Law Clinic
Practical legal guidelines and information about important legal topics that affect people in Vanuatu. Topics include:

What is Law?
Understanding your Constitution
Your right to vote
Freedom of religion and worship
Making a complaint to the Ombudsman
Your lawyer – the Public Solicitor
Your rights in police custody
Prisoners’ rights
A complete guide to the Magistrates Court
Domestic violence
Child abuse in Vanuatu
Applying for a domestic violence protection order
Disabled people’s rights under international law
Why go to Court? Try negotiation
Your guide to VAT in Vanuatu

New Zealand Centre for Public Law
The functions of the Centre, which was established by the V.U.W. University Council  are to: Stimulate awareness and interest in public law issues , Provide a forum for the discussion of those issues, and Foster and promote research of these issues.  The Centre's Occasional Papers series is available in full text.

Onati Library
he Onati International Institute for the Sociology of Law library (books, series, journals articles, grey literature) covers both Sociology of Law and other, related subjects, such as the Sociology of Legal Professions, Family Sociology, Sociology of Criminality and its Control, Police, Prisons, Administration of Justice, Human Rights, Marginalization and Public Policy.

Pacific Law Journal Index
Compilation of articles on Pacific law.  Browsable by jurisdiction, date, topic and searchable by keyword.  Many articles available in full text online.
"StopViolence collects resources about non-repressive responses to a variety of violence, including school shootings, sexual assault, and hate crimes. The underlying belief of StopViolence is that punishment after a crime is not effective crime prevention." Specific topics in this directory include rape, domestic violence, mediation, and restorative justice.  


New Sites of Interest - September / October 2002

General sites

Anthropological Index Online
Index to periodicals held at the Anthropology Library of the British Museum, London, formerly the Royal Anthropological Institute Library, from 1957 onwards. Comprising thousands of indexed periodical titles, with a variable-language interface, and free to individuals for education use. Citations include author, title, date, and journal; full text or summaries of articles are not available at this Web site.

Best of History Web Sites
This site provides categorized links to hundreds of "history-related web sites that have been reviewed for quality, accuracy and usefulness. Sites with engaging content and useful multimedia technologies are most likely to be included. General resources and
research-oriented sites included." There are also links to information about Teaching with Technology.

British Academy PORTAL
The British Academy's directory of online resources in the humanities and social sciences.

EH.Net Encyclopedia
This browsable and searchable online economic history encyclopedia provides students and
nonprofessionals with reference articles on a variety of topics--banking, industries, labor, and more.

A new search engine with a difference! Incorporates a totally new concept into search engines -  quite fascinating, and seems to give good results. Rather than me trying to explain how it works, just try it out and see for yourself.

Modern History Sourcebook
The Internet Modern History Sourcebook is one of series of history primary sourcebooks. It is intended to serve the needs of teachers and students in modern European history and American history, as well as in  modern Western Civilization and World CulturesOther History Sourcebooks include Ancient History Sourcebook | Medieval SourcebookAfrican | East Asian | Indian | IslamicJewish | LGBT | Women's | Global | Science.  Excellent.

Postcards from the New Hebrides
Vintage postcards of the New Hebrides.

Resource Discovery Network
A single entry point to five subject directories - BIOME (Health and Life Sciences), EEVL (Engineering, Mathematics and Computing), Humbul (Humanities), PSIgate (Physical Sciences) and SOSIG (Social Sciences, Business and Law)The RDN is a collaboration of over sixty educational and research organisations, including the Natural History Museum and the British Library.  In contrast to search engines, the RDN gathers resources which are carefully selected, indexed and described by specialists in our partner institutions. You can be confident that your search results and browsing will connect you to Web sites relevant to learning, teaching and research.

A specialty search engine for journal articles and Web sites in all branches of science.

Search-22: Reference Searches
"A directory of Internet searches and more....With one user-friendly form you can start your searches directly from one spot." Includes dictionaries, almanacs, quotation finders,
and more.

The South Pacific Journal of Natural Science (SPJNS)
An annual publication of the School of Pure and Applied Sciences (SPAS), University of the South Pacific, was first published in 1980. Its broad aim was to provide an outlet for researchers to publish their scientific work which maybe of use to the South Pacific region. The last publication is Volume 19 (2001) and all papers are available for free from the site. Older issues will be available in the near future.

South Pacific Organiser
Guidebooks and publications on the South Pacific.  Includes access to useful information for countries of the region. See the Vanuatu page.

Virtual Stamp Album - New Hebrides
Images of stamps from the New Hebrides up until 1980.  Interesting site.

WebEc - WWW Resources in Economics
WebEc is a subject listing which points to free information in economics on the WWW.

Law sites (see also [Archive of 'New Sites'] )

Dumb Laws
A collection of dumb laws from around the world.  For example see the dumb laws of Australia and Canada.

Fiji Law Society (under construction - watch this space)

Legal Information for the Vanuatu community: a project of the USP Law Clinic
Practical legal guidelines and information about important legal topics that affect people in Vanuatu. Topics include:

What is Law?
Understanding your Constitution
Your right to vote
Freedom of religion and worship
Making a complaint to the Ombudsman
Your lawyer – the Public Solicitor
Your rights in police custody
Prisoners’ rights
A complete guide to the Magistrates Court
Domestic violence
Child abuse in Vanuatu
Applying for a domestic violence protection order
Disabled people’s rights under international law
Why go to Court? Try negotiation
Your guide to VAT in Vanuatu


Pacific Law Journal Index
Compilation of articles on Pacific law.  Browsable by jurisdiction, date and searchable by keyword.

Womenwatch - the UN Division for the advancement of women
Includes links to information on the Convention on the  Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).


New Sites of Interest - July / August 2002

General sites

Becoming human
Excellent Award Winning site taking you on a journey through the story of human evolution.

Dissertations Abstracts International
Last two years of theses abstracts from all disciplines available to be searched by keyword / subject area.  Samples of the theses can be previewed online at no cost and a full copy of the  theses ordered.

Dreamweaver Web Sites
A useful collection of links from the publishers of the popular HTML editor, Dreamweaver. Topics include cross-browser DHTML, HTML specifications, JavaScript, CGI, cascading style sheets, magazines, and more.

Searchable nature and wildlife field guide database.

Earth Observatory
Excellent Award Winning site examining in detail the physical earth: atmosphere; oceans; land; energy; and life.  From NASA.

Excellent Award Winning site from the Museum of Science, Art and Human Perception.

Provides access to free geography resources, including revision sheets, photos, virtual fieldwork, outline maps and geography links to many web resources to support students and teachers of geography or those with a general interest in geography.

Google Labs
This experimental site from the Google search engine "showcases a few of our favorite ideas that aren't quite ready for prime time." Play with keyboard shortcuts, telephone searching, a glossary (thesaurus), and more.

Google News
A good place to search for news items.  Homepage groups the major stories of the day and provides direct links to the headlines at major news sources.  Search engine searches for news items and links directly to newspapers.

Invest in Vanuatu
Official site of the Vanuatu Investment Promotion Authority.  Useful information for potential investors.

Library Link
esource for librarians and information specialists, providing a range of free articles and viewpoints (current and archive), a discussion forum and other resources.

Living Words
The Web site for schools from the British Library.

A portal for students of business and management programmes at first and postgraduate level plus middle to top management and business consultants. A great deal of freely available information and articles, interviews with gurus, practical tools, over a dozen subject areas. Free registration offers alerts and other services.

Pacific Beat
Pacific news from Radio Australia.

Pacific News
Pacific News from Radio New Zealand International.

The Pacific Weekly
A new newspaper that aims to balance bringing the good news of this region - from growth in sustainable development and a vibrant arts community - to quality reporting and analysis of the troubles afflicting it.

Pipol Fastaem
News and views from the Solomon Islands. 

SciNet Science Search
A searchable, categorized Web directory for science, nature, engineering, and medicine. Listings have brief annotations. There are also unit conversions, science news, and periodic tables.

Strange Science: The Rocky Road to Modern Paleontology and Biology
Explores the "weird ideas" of paleontologists and biologists during the evolution of "the knowledge we take for granted today." Contains a gallery of information and images of mistaken dinosaurs, dragons, mammals, sea monsters, hominids, fossils, and monsters; frauds; a timeline of events; and profiles of related scientists, artists, and collectors (including women in paleontology - see the biographies section).

WebEc: World Wide Web Resources in Economics
An extensive categorized, annotated, and searchable directory of economic resources. (Note: For best search options, click on the "Search" link at the bottom of the menu.)

The Wikipedia  is an online encyclopedia with open contributions.  Anyone can contribute and edit articles.  Interesting and worth a look.

Law sites (see also [Archive of 'New Sites'] )

Actualité et Droit International
Legal analysis of current international issues (On Réseau Internet pour le Droit International).  In French.

European Ombudsman

FLAG: Foreign Law Guide Project
A new collaborative internet gateway to foreign law holdings in UK national and university libraries.

Global Banking Law Database
rom the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. "Unofficial translations" into English of the laws of many jurisdictions covering " 35 topics derived from the Basel 25 Core Principles for Effective Banking Supervision."

Intellectual Property
The Government-backed home of UK Intellectual Property on the Internet.  Aims to bring you all the answers to your questions and all the resources you need to find your way through the IP jungle of Copyright, Designs, Patents and Trade Marks.

Internet for Lawyers
Free "teach yourself" tutorial on Internet information skills for lawyers.  UK focussed.

The Lawyers Story, Legal Narrative E-Texts
rom the Tarlton Law Library. Full text essays discussing lawyers in fiction and other texts.

South Pacific Land Tenure Conflict Symposium
Proceedings and full text access to papers delivered at the South Pacific Land Tenure Conflict Symposium 10-12 April 2002.

Women's Caucus for Gender Justice
International activist site with links related to gender justice and women's rights.


New Sites of Interest - May / June 2002

General sites

Best of the Web Awards (heritage and museum sites)
Once again at Museums and the Web 2002, a panel of museum professionals recognized excellence in heritage web site design with the Best of the Web Awards. A panel of judges reviewed sites from around the world that were nominated by the community. And the Winners are ...

    Best Overall Site -- 2002
    * The Sport of Life and Death: The Mesoamerican Ballgame *

    Best On-line Exhibition or Activity Site
    * Jasenovac: Holocaust Era in Croatia 1941-1945 *

    Best Educational Use
    * OLogy *

    Best Innovative or Experimental Application
    * Natuurhistorisch Museum Maastricht *

    Best Research Site, Museum Search Engine or On-line Database
    * Division of Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History

1000 best links in the biological sciences.

Dictionary of New Zealand Biography
Provides access to biographies of over 3,000 New Zealanders who have 'made their mark' on New Zealand.

Discover Our Earth
Information about the earth sciences--earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics, topology, and sea level change--along with images, graphs, maps, and movies.

An environmental information portal.

Indigenous Studies
The World Wide Web Virtual Library: Indigenous Studies This collection of links is about peoples who "maintain a distinct political culture within the states which claim their territories," and covers native peoples in Africa, the Caribbean, the Arctic, the Middle East, the Americas, Europe, Asia, Melanesia, Polynesia, and Micronesia.

Jane's Oceania Home Page
Jane Resture has put together a site that  ... "
exists to provide visitors with a window through which they can view life in various parts of the Pacific Islands".  A personal account of life, history, social issues, mythology and much more in Oceania, the site contains a lot of content with beautiful photos throughout.  The site also links to  Pacific Islands Radio playing music from Oceania over the internet (at 28kb).  A very interesting site and well worth exploring.

Library-Oriented Lists & Electronic Serials
This document is a compilation of electronic discussion lists, distribution lists and serials which are of interest to library professionals and staff.

Pacific weekly newspaper to be launched in Vanuatu
see archive story in

In Vanuatu, a new weekly paper is scheduled for a May launch. The Pacific
Weekly will be issue driven and provide analysis from a Pacific perspective of
events from across the region. The driving force behind the paper is photo
journalist Ben Bohane. While Ben's interest in the Pacific is comprehensive, he
has specialised in Melanasia covering crises in Bougainville, West Papua and more
recently in Solomon Islands. Ben is the editor for the Pacific Weekly and he
took time out from his busy schedule to explain to Geraldine Coutts how he sees
the paper shaping-up.
"Search the full text of thousands of online books." Search results provide links to the page the text is on and to the main site of the book.

UN Atlas of the Oceans
The Atlas is an information system designed for use by policy makers who need to become familiar with ocean issues and by scientists, students and resource managers who need access to underlying data bases and approaches to sustainability.

World Bank Schools Page
Detailed information about the countries of the world (including Vanuatu) - facts and figures and heaps of useful resource materials for both students and teachers .

Law sites (see also [Archive of 'New Sites'] )

Berkeley Technology Law Journal (US)

Digital Technology Law Journal (AUS)

French Civil Code [ Translated from the Original  Edition, Published at Paris, in 1804]

German Constitutions and Legal Documents : Primary Documents incl. the German Code of Civil Law and the German Code of Criminal Law
German Law Archive (
cases, statutes, literature and bibliographies on German law in English)

Hong Kong Legal Information Institute (HKLII)
Hong Kong primary materials online

Human Rights Network (UK)
A new news, information and networking service on human rights.  Particularly well covered are economic and cultural rights, rights of children and rights of women.

Indigenous Peoples and Intellectual Property
Excellent resource site for full text materials on indigenous intellectual property.  One of the links of particular note is the WIPO site on Traditional Knowledge.

International Journal of Communications Law and Policy (EU)

Intellectual Property Guide
Excellent series of guides to Intellectual Property.  Links to many full text materials.

Irish Legal Information Institute (IRLII)
Primary Irish materials online.

Japanese Supreme Court judgments translated into English (1950 -) (selected)

Journal of Information, Law and Technology (UK)

Lawbooks Online
Lawbooks Online provide books for students and practitioners world-wide.

Pacific Regional Human Rights Education Resource Team
British Aid Programme devoted to improving legal literacy in the Pacific Region.  Here you will find information about the law and its implications for women, children, families and individuals as well as  related information and links from other sites.

Richmond Journal of Law and Technology (US)

Spam Laws
An international "compilation of laws [and pending legislation] related to unsolicited bulk and commercial e-mail ('spam')." Included are cases, a bibliography of related articles (with links to those available online), and links to other law and anti-spam sites.

Sports and Entertainment Law Journal (US)

New Sites of Interest  - March / April 2002

General sites

Classic Reader
Over 600 books and 900 short stories presented in unabridged versions that one can "can read, search, and annotate." The collection is mostly fiction, short stories, and poetry and includes children's literature. Browsable by author, title, or type of work. All works are in the public domain and may be read online or downloaded. Free registration is required for downloading and annotating.

Columbia Online Style: MLA-Style Citations of Electronic Sources
Style sheet for citing electronic resources, including Web pages, electronic mail and         newsgroup citations, and publications on CD-ROM or disk.

Hawai'i Pacific Journal Index
Searchable index (author, title, keyword) of Pacific journals held by the University of Hawaii.  Essential access point for journal articles on the Pacific.  Highly recommended.

Internet Infrastructure and e-Governance in Pacific Islands Countries.
A Survey on the Development and Use of the Internet

Library journals, newsletters, and zines
A list from  Good reference point for Library Diploma students.

The Online Books page
Links to thousands of online books accessible by author, title, subject etc.  Excellent. site.
Featuring Pacific Magazine with Islands Business and PINA Nius Online.

The Physics Classroom
An "online physics tutorial written for high school physics students." The Physics Tutorial teaches basic physics concepts.  Written by a high school science teacher, this site will be useful for Foundation science students.

Plagiarism and the Web
ractical advice for detecting plagiarism, teaching students why it is wrong, and developing assignments that discourage the use of stolen words.

Port Vila Presse
Vanuatu newspaper

Portals to the World
Portals to the World contain selective links providing authoritative, in-depth information about the nations and other areas of the world. They are arranged by country or area with the links for each sorted into a wide range of broad categories. The links were selected by Area Specialists and other Library staff using Library of Congress selection criteria. When completed, the project will include all the nations of the world.

This searchable site reports on and discusses "those aspects of modern science and technology that are relevant to sustainable development and the social and economic needs of developing countries." Articles, news, opinion pieces, and book reviews are archived to the beginning of this site (December 2001). Sponsored by Nature and Science magazines in association with the Third World Academy of Sciences.

Time's Best 50 websites
The best 50 websites as selected by the team at Time magazine ...

Quick reference site that integrates quick reference searches from dictionaries, thesauri, books of quotations and encyclopedias into one very easy to use search and display.  Very good.

Law sites (see also
[Archive of 'New Sites'] )

The Compacts of Free Association Renegotiations website
The FSM and the Republic of the Marshall Islands are currently negotiating the terms under which their Compact of Free Association with the United States will be extended.  This website, from the Pacific Islands Development Program/East-West Center in Hawaii, collects links to the current text of the Compact, statements and proposals by the negotiating teams, news articles on the negotiations, U.S. General Accounting Office reports relevant to the negotiations, and other sources.  Much of this information is not easily obtainable elsewhere.

Law Books Online

Law Books Online gateway
Links to over 145 full text law titles online

The authors of the following book titles have selected  full text case law, conventions  and statutes relevant to their topics and made it available to students via the internet (thanks to LexisNexis Butterworths).

Fortin: Children's Rights and the Developing Law
(Law in Context)

Lloyd: Information Technology Law, 3rd edition

Loveland: Constitutional Law-A Critical Introduction,
2nd edition


The Lawyer's Story - Legal Narrative E-texts -
collection of over 300 links to stories, anecdotes, and essays related to lawyers and the law, with an emphasis on the law and popular culture.

Legal Information System of the Federated States of Micronesia
The Legal Information System (LIS) of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) seeks to improve public access to the laws and other legal authority of the FSM and its four states.  This LIS Project strives to do so by increasing accessibility to the constitutions, statutes, selected court rules and decisions, and selected rules and regulations of the FSM National Government and the four state governments of Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Yap

Marshall Islands
Resource page on the politics and economy of the Marshall Islands with full text links to Treaties, Legislation and Cases.

Westlaw is a premier online legal research service which includes:

United States material, featuring cases from all 50 states, all federal courts, the US code annotated and state statutes with annotations, cross references and legislative updating.  United Kingdom and European law collections published by Sweet & Maxwell, the United Kingdoms oldest and most authoritative legal publisher.  Canadian law collections from Carswell, Canada's leading legal publisher, and Hong Kong case law by Sweet & Maxwell Asia Pacific.  Access to over 700 journals

Access is by password.  Contact the Law Librarian to gain a password.

See also the Emalus Library Guide to Using Westlaw (and become an instant legal research expert!!)

This is a prototype system that is intended to demonstrate the viability and functionality of a cooperative approach between the existing LIIs (Legal Information Institutes). The system currently combined access to all AustLII, BAILII, CanLII, PacLII and HKLII data as well as data provided by WITS in South Africa


New Sites of Interest - January / February 2002

General sites

A progressive news magazine focusing on world news and alternative media perspectives. Lots and lots of links to opinion pieces by syndicated and non-syndicated columnists and writers and to periodicals, book reviews, television, and other media resources.

Development Gateways
The Development Gateway helps communities, organizations, and individuals build partnerships, share ideas, and work together to reduce poverty.  Good site for resources relating to development.

Jack London's South Sea Tales
Chapter 1 - The House Of Mapuhi Chapter 2 - The Whale Tooth Chapter 3 - Mauki Chapter 4 - "Yah! Yah! Yah!" Chapter 5 - The Heathen Chapter 6 - The Terrible Solomons Chapter 7 - The Inevitable White Man Chapter 8 - The Seed Of Mccoy

Question of Palestine
An overview of the history and issues of the establishment of Palestine, with a collection of maps and a database of United Nations (UN) documents related to Palestine and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

Resources, Lesson Plans and Activities for Kindergartens
This is a collection of Internet resources for early childhood education, including sites about language and reading, clip art, and lesson plans.

UNESCO "ICT for Teacher Training Portal"
UNESCO has now launched a gateway to Internet resources dedicated to training teachers in utilizing ICTs to enhance their teaching skills.

Law sites

Crimes of Persuasion: Schemes, Scams, Frauds
"In-depth fraud coverage" for a variety of crimes based on the art of conning people, such as pyramid schemes, telemarketing scams, bank fraud, pyramid scams, investing scams, Internet fraud, fax and e-mail fraud, check kiting, chain letters, organized crime, the Nigerian Advanced Fee Fraud, money laundering, and more.

International Environmental Law Resources on Development Gateway Site
International Environmental Law on the Development Gateway is a site containing resources, articles, and forums for discussion relating to contemporary environmental law issues.

 INTERNATIONAL LAW AND JUSTICE ... Legal Implications of the Sept. 11 Attacks: Defining Terrorism and Justifying Retaliation In a forum at the Columbia Law School, Columbia law professor Oscar  Schachter explores whether the US military response against the Taliban in Afghanistan is justified under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter: "Under the established international law, self-defense must be necessary, subject to qualification of necessity, and it must be proportional..."

Legal Information System of the Federated States of Micronesia
The Legal Information System (LIS) of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) seeks to improve public access to the laws and other legal authority of the FSM and its four states.  This LIS Project strives to do so by increasing accessibility to the constitutions, statutes, selected court rules and decisions, and selected rules and regulations of the FSM National Government and the four state governments of Chuuk, Kosrae, Pohnpei, and Yap

Queensland University of Technology Law and Justice Journal (AUS)

Time to talk series from Radio Australia - Justice, Law and Order
Time to Talk is about politics, society and governance in today's Pacific.
Episode nine - "Justice, law and order" - discusses issues such as customary law, the role of the ombudsman, community policing and resourcing the police force in Pacific countries. You can read the transcript on the website.  On the website, there is also an opinion piece on the role of the courts in Pacific governance by former High Court judge Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi of Fiji, and interviews with Ombudsmen from Samoa, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.


New Sites of interest - November / December 2001

General sites

Basic information about Afghanistan, including land, people, government, and history (to the end of the 1990s). From Sabawoon Online, an Islamic news service.

Jumpstation Geo
directory of Web sites about geography, alphabetically arranged in categories which include features of the earth's surface, its atmosphere, and its hidden interior. There are links for specific geographic features, meteorology, natural disasters, earth sciences, maps, and more. From the Canadian Council for Geographic Education. Also available in French.

The Internet Archive Wayback Machine
The Internet Archive, a comprehensive library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form, has launched the Wayback Machine -  a free service allowing people to access and use archived versions of past web pagesFor the first time, all members of the public will be able to search and view the Internet Archive's enormous collection of web sites, dating back to 1996 and comprising over 10 billion web pages.  To use the Wayback Machine, visitors simply type in a  URL in the provided search box, select a date, and then begin surfing on an archived version of the web.

Librarians in the 21st Century
Profiles of library jobs and links about becoming alibrarian, trends in the profession (including censorship, digital libraries, Internet filtering, outsourcing, and electronic publishing), and career resources.

Middle East History and References: Middle East Historical and Peace Process Documents
This site focuses on creating dialog about the Middle East, its history, and its struggle for peace. It has provided texts of reports, policy statements, and other findings from 1915 to the present day. This includes the Balfour declaration of 1917, the Hamas Charter of 1988, and the Mitchell Report of 2001. Each text is accompanied by an introduction with background information. From MidEast Web.
Sage Journals Online
Free access to more than 250 journal titles across a range of subject areas during the months of November and December.  Unfortunately however the registration process  is cumbersome and coupled with slow internet speed, access to the journals is not straightforward.
Billing itself as "The Oldest & Largest FREE Genealogy Site," RootsWeb includes search engines and databases, family trees (over 70 million names), surname and geographical mailing lists, and message boards.

Law sites
Center for Reproductive Law and Policy
This site provides information pertaining to laws, legislation, and opportunities to take action on issues such as abortion rights, availability of contraception, and female genital mutilation. Reports, fact sheets, and articles are available; a free newsletter may be subscribed to. The site is searchable, and portions of it are also available in French.
Fiji Human Rights Commission
Includes information about the Commission, educational materials and complaints procedures.

Japanese Law Links
Very good links page that will be useful for comparative law students.
Provides links to free online law dictionaries for law students and practitioners.

Legal Citation Guide
Published by Helen Bronleigh of Murdoch University, 2nd edition, published in 1999 is now available on the internet.  Australian in focus, the guide is detailed and useful.

Terrorism law and policy
Search the latest terrorism laws, reports, policy hearings, news briefings, and legal commentaries. Updated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity
UNESCO member states have adopted a new declaration called the 'Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity'.  Interesting to note, for example, a 'definition of culture' as follows ... Reaffirming that culture should be regarded as the set of distinctive spiritual, material, intellectual and emotional features of society or a social group, and that it encompasses, in addition to art and literature, lifestyles, ways of living together, value systems, traditions and beliefs,

or the Director-General's statement that

"This is the first time the international community has endowed itself with such a comprehensive standard-setting instrument, elevating cultural diversity to the rank of ‘common heritage of humanity - as necessary for the human race as bio-diversity in the natural realm’ – and makes its protection an ethical imperative, inseparable from respect for human dignity.

New Sites of Interest   - September / October 2001

General sites

Academic Info: your guide to quality educational resources
Simply laid out and easy to follow these well compiled subject directories are updated regularly and also searchable by keyword.

Bare Bones 101
A basic tutorial on searching the internet.  Lessons designed to be short and succinct.

BBC Bookcase
This  site functions as its name suggests -- like a family's bookcase that represents the varied interests of each reader. The site is a potpourri of literary news, features, and games, and even offers an animated history of books guided by none other than Bill Shakespeare himself. Its editorial offerings are unpretentious yet informative and appeal to avid readers of all genres.

Cultures on the Edge
Subtitled "an open look at cultural diversity around the world," this quarterly photojournalism review is helmed by Wade Davis, itinerant ethnobiologist and author of the Haitian zombie best-seller The Serpent and the Rainbow. The Gallery offers a range of photographic essays, including Pablo Corral Vega's trek through the Andes from Argentina to Venezuela. You'll also find features on the art of surviving along the Thai-Burmese Border, what it's like to be a 10-year-old girl in Bhutan, and the resorts and sweatshops of the remote Pacific island of Saipan.

The Drudge Report
Interesting topical news site.  Has both serious inciteful reportage as well as the occasional fluff.  Has links to selected publications and  columnists of renown.

Emaxia - South Pacific Directory and Search Engine
Nicely laid out and easy to use this new directory and search engine is a useful gateway to South Pacific sites.

FBI Files of Famous Persons
The Federal Bureau of Investigations presents an index of downloadable FBI files on such notable personages as Lucille Ball ("registered to vote as a communist in 1936 at the insistence of her grandfather"), Pablo Picasso ("activities in connection with various subversive groups"), and John Lennon ("contributed $75,000 to a group planning to disrupt the Republican National Convention in 1972"). Browse the files of notorious gangsters, traitorous spies, and unexplained phenomena.

This interactive resource offers an  array of tools designed to "make history make sense." The database of over 400 articles is searchable by period and theme so you can get an overview of the history of painting from cave art to 18th-century British watercolours, or zero in on the Napoleonic wars. Take one of the over 200 tours to explore themes and movements throughout time, or choose among some 300 timelines to gain a broader perspective of historical events.

ICYouSee: A Guide to the World Wide Web
ICYouSee, a self-guided World Wide Web tour and training page, now in its seventh year on the Web.

Lexisnexis News Service 
Keyword searching and focussed searching of leading world news sources.  Subscription service on trial for August -September - see Peter Murgatroyd for password.

Middle East Times Newspaper reporting events as they unfold in the  Middle East.

Barely two months old, this online magazine combines art galleries, music reviews, interviews, and other visual treats with a crisp, flawless design to create a repository of all that is cool. Started by music journalist Michael Goldberg, formerly of Addicted to Noise and Rolling Stone, the site   offers well-written, interesting content in an aesthetically appealing format.

Pacific Journalism Review (South Pacific news, media and communication issues)

Research Matters at Harvard University
In the laboratories at Harvard, researchers and scientists are "turning artifacts of the imagination into facts of life." This site offers a peek into these labs, and allows you to read about the research as it happens, whether it's the latest news on medical treatment, technological advances, or space exploration. Divided into six categories -- Mind, Body, Society, Earth, Space, and Technology -- the site's in-depth look at innovative research will fascinate and amaze.

Searching and Researching on the Internet and the World Wide Web
A useful guide to developing better internet research skills.  Well laid out, good detail and easy to follow.

Slate (Widely read electronic magazine. Focus is on  politics and culture.  Its Slate links give an excellent selection of columnists, editorials, and features from the worlds leading newspapers.)

Law sites

Academic Info Law and Legal Research: Digital Library
Clear and well organised directory to law sites.  Whilst the homepage is predominantly US materials , it does also contain links to very good subject directories of non US materials, particularly Australia, United Kingdom and Canada.

American Samoa Bar Association
The American Samoa Bar association now has a website with bar information and legal resources for American Samoa--AS code, court rules. They are working on getting all the local court cases from the AS reporters on the site and administrative law also.

Current Legal Issues   - Discussion site
This page, designed to give law students a voice, will raise contemporary legal concerns for you to discuss.

French Legal Research [Guide] see also Guide to Law Online: France

Guide to the Law Online
The Guide to Law Online, prepared by the U.S. Law Library of Congress for the Global Legal Information Network (GLIN), is an annotated hypertext guide to sources of information worldwide on government and law available online without charge. It includes links only to the most useful and reliable sites for legal information available for each of the world's nations.

International Association of Supreme Administrative Jurisdictions
The purpose of the International Association of Supreme Administrative Jurisdictions (IASAJ) is to promote exchanges of ideas and experiences between jurisdictions empowered to adjudicate, in last instance, disputes arising from the action of public administrations. It seeks to encourage cooperation on questions of law pending before these courts or related to their organization and functioning.

Introduction to German Legal Research [guide] see also Guide to Law Online: Germany

Japanese Legal Research [Guide] see also Guide to Law Online: Japan

Revue Juridique Polynesienne (PF)


New Sites of Interest   - July / August 2001

General sites

Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA) and Oceanic Abstracts
ASFA is the largest international database covering aquatic sciences and fisheries literature worldwide.  To use the database select 'Subscriber Login'; username msp24; password msp2424 (note: the user name and password will have to be keyed in lower case).  Select 'ENTER'.  From the next screen: select 'AQUATIC SCIENCES' from the list of subject areas. This will be the only active subject area available to us. select 'QUICK SEARCH' or 'ADVANCED SEARCH'.

The Chicago Manual of Style FAQ
Wondering where to break a URL at the end of line, whether the ban on splitting infinitives still stands, or how many spaces to put after a period? The answers are here. While certainly not a comprehensive guide and not organized in a particularly helpful way, The Chicago Manual of Style (CMS) FAQ nonetheless answers some of the questions that commonly vex writers and editors.

Critical Thinking On The Web: A Directory of Quality Online Resources

'Emerald Journal Collection'
Provides access to hundreds of online journals across many disciplines including Accounting, Auditing & Economics,  Continuing Professional Development,   Education,  Engineering & Materials Science,  Environmental Management,  Food & Nutrition, General Management,  Healthcare Management,   Hospitality & Services Management,  HR Management, Information Management,
Library Collection Development & Management,  Library Management & Information Services,  Library Technology, Logistics & Supply Chain Management,   Marketing,  Operations & Production Management
Police Management,  Public Sector Management, Quality Management
The Built Environment,  Training.  Has facility to keyword search for articles (in full text) from all journals in the collection simultaneously.  To access Username = usp.  Password = library.   Highly recommended.  Has facility to keyword search for articles (in full text) from all journals in the collection simultaneously.  To access Username = usp.  Password = library.  Highly recommended.

Ixquick (Search engine - claims to be the worlds most powerful)

Lexisnexis News Service 
Keyword searching and focussed searching of leading world news sources.  Subscription service on trial for August -September - see Peter Murgatroyd for password.

The Modern Word
This site is devoted to 20th-century, experimental literature. Authors are selected for inclusion by MW's Literary Advisory Board and are primarily considered "postmodern" but are not limited to any specific literary school, circle, or movement.

Pacific Magazine (News and current issues from around the region)

Pathfinders -- Internet Public Library
This useful resource from the Internet Public Library makes available "home-grown guides written by IPL staff which are intended to help you get started doing research on a particular topic, both online and at your local library." There are currently over one hundred guides with new ones posted regularly. The guides are listed under broad subject categories, which include Arts and Humanities; Health, Medicine and Nutrition; History and War; Business and Consumers; Science and Technology; Education and Libraries; Law, Politics, and Government; Society and Culture; Entertainment, Leisure, and Hobbies; and others. The guides are individually organized, but all feature print and Internet resources (the latter with annotations) as well as "getting started" advice (including Internet search strategies). They also include governmental, academic, and institutional resources -- both on and off the Web -- where relevant.

Pre School Education
Terrific site for loads of ideas for making preschool fun and educational.

The Scout Report
The Scout Report is a weekly publication offering a selection of new and newly discovered Internet resources of interest to researchers and educators.  Recommended.

Sosig  Gateway
The Social Science Information Gateway (SOSIG) is a freely available Internet service which aims to provide a trusted source of selected, high quality Internet information for students, academics, researchers and practitioners in the social sciences, business and law. The SOSIG Internet Catalogue is an online database of high quality Internet resources. It offers users the chance to read descriptions of resources available over the Internet and to access those resources directly. The Catalogue points to thousands of resources, and each one has been selected and described by a librarian or academic. The catalogue is browsable or searchable by subject area.  Recommended.

Voila (French search engine)

Law sites

Constitution Finder
This index offers constitutions, charters, amendments, and other related documents.   Nations of the world are listed alphabetically.

Human Rights
A useful collection of human rights materials

Legal Research Links
Recommended sites as compiled by the Australian Federal Court. 

Native Land Trust Board (Fiji)
Includes information about the NLTB as well as excellent resource materials.

Sosig Law Gateway
Web based database of legal information sources on the internet.  Focus on sites that can support academic and professional work and is designed to help legal educators, law students, and the legal profession with their research needs.

WHO International Digest of Health Legislation (IDHL)
This electronic database replaces the printed version of the IDHL, produced by the World Health Organization (WHO) from 1948 to 1999. The electronic version allows users to search for the text of legislation via country, subject, volume, issue, or keyword. Results produce a summary of the legislation in English or a title, sometimes with a link to the full text. Users engaged with world health issues or international law will want to bookmark this page.

World Legal Systems
Six systems examined are: civil law; common law; customary law; muslim law; talmudic law; and "mixed legal systems".  In french.

New Sites of Interest   - May / June 2001

General sites

Bilateral and regional relationships in the South Pacific
Maintained by the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade this site is an excellent source of up-to-date economic and political information on the countries of the Region.  

Carving Out
In 'Carving Out' Pacific Islanders talk about cultural identity, health, education and the state of their environment, voicing their practical solutions to the big questions affecting the Pacific. Produced by Radio Australia.

Charting the Pacific
"Charting the Pacific - Produced by ABC Radio Australia.   Presents detailed statistics, regional issues, maps, events, links, and profiles of   the region's people and culture."

English as a Second Language
Education World's ESL/EFL Center provides tools, lesson plans, activities, articles, a message board, and links to a variety of resources for EFL/ESL teachers and students.

Great Books Online  Nearly all the classics (well, according to Time magazine anyway!)

Ironminds (A younger and edgier Salon )
" helps you find individual magazine articles on the web". Articles are arranged in a variety of "categories" including Law, easy to browse through the 'categories' and find relevant articles. Results displayed in reverse chronological order. The search engine looks for frequency of words used, repeating your critical term can increase the chance of meaningful results.

The Manager (Contemporary management issues (AUS))

The Marshall Islands
"Contents include books, essays and other information about the people, culture, environment, history, politics and the economy of the Marshall Islands."

Melanesian Studies Resource Centre
Excellent collection of materials on Melanesia from the University Of California.  Of particular interest are the indexes to the 'Patrol Reports' giving first hand accounts of all aspects of life in  Papua New Guinea prior to independence.

Moreover's search engine does a sweet and swift job of ferreting out the top stories on the world's news, research and business sites.

The Onion
A satirical look at the latest news and events.  In case you are in need of a rueful smile...

Pacific Regional Biodiversity and Conservation Portal
Outstanding site.  Focusses on biodiversity, conservation, and other issues affecting the Pacific.

Research Finder - Search Australian Research sites.
Research Finder is an internet search engine which searches exclusively the web sites of Australia's research organisations including Australia's 41 universities.  The great majority of the 1.5 million pages is from the
university web sites.  The index is updated on a 2-3 week cycle.

Solomon Islands Peoples First Network
This is the web site of the Solomon Islands Development Administration and Participatory Planning Programme (SIDAPP). It will become the information backbone of a community information and communications network called the People First Network.

Third World Network
Excellent site giving access to materials on a range of topics and issues facing developing countries including trade, hunan rights, the environment, biodiversity, indigenous knowledge, conflict, and gender issues.

Law sites

Criminal Justice 2000
"To usher in the new millennium, the National Institute of Justice commissioned more than 30 criminal justice professionals to reflect on criminal justice research accomplishments and analyze current and emerging trends in crime and criminal justice practice in the United States."  An impressive collection of essays available in pdf format.

Electronic Commerce and the European Union
A rich site for information about ecommerce. Definitions, documents, discussion and policy papers abound. While European in focus there are many useful international links. Easy to navigate through.

Famous Trials
Maintained by Professor Douglas O. Linder, a legal historian and professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Law School. Trial transcripts, historical background information, and social commentary surrounding 16 well-known trials - including the Salem Witchcraft trials, The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde (1895) .

Human Rights Solidarity (1997, Vol 8+ issued monthly) from the Asian Human Rights Commission. Invaluable for the human rights researcher.

IDEA - The Journal of Law and Technology
Substantial full text articles from 1997 (Volume 38 +) from Franklin Pierce Law Center, focus on Intellectual Property issues.

Law Society Journal (AUS - NSW)

Privacy and Human Rights 2000
"This survey, by EPIC and Privacy International, reviews the state of privacy in over fifty countries around the world. The survey examines a wide range of privacy issues including, data protection, telephone tapping, genetic databases". Easy to use, extensive links to relevant primary and secondary document.

Repertoire Of The Practice Of The Security Council
The Repertoire published by the UN Secretary-General "is the only analytical record of the practice of the Security Council, as reflected in its decisions, positive and negative, and related statements.  It presents all the data relevant to the interpretation and application by the Security Council of the provisions of the UN Charter and the Council’s provisional rules of procedure.  However, the Repertoire is not a work of codification or interpretation."

UNESCO Law and Culture - National Legislation.
"The present site permits free access to national legislations on authors rights and neighbouring rights, which are regularly communicated to UNESCO by its Members States." It is not obvious if the statutes are amended, so consider this a starting point for finding and downloading the relevant legislation. Verify currency status against other sources.

Vanuatu government
Selected legislation and explanatory documents relating to new internet and investment laws in Vanuatu.



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