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About the Categorizing Portal of the Encyclopedia of Law


Finding law resources online can be a daunting task with the sheer wealth of material available. This resource can help to point readers in the direction of some quality legal categories and topics of the Encyclopedia of Law catalogued using the Library of Congress classification scheme.

About Us

The Encyclopedia of Law is a unique Web resource featuring free, well organized and online access to secundary source legal information, including legal research and educational tools. A virtual law library, the legal encyclopedia project is notable for its collection of annotated and indexed legal information. Information in The Encyclopedia of Law Project is easy to find given the multiplicity of access points provided (ways of finding the information contained).

The Encyclopedia of Law Project contains more than 200,000 entriesl (as of 2014). Information about substantive legal databases, online and print journals, law guides for most legal areas, reference works reviews (including law dictionaries and encyclopedias) are among the many types of resources included. The Encyclopedia of Law Project provides separate virtual collections of information across hundreds of legal portals.

the Categorizing Portal of The Encyclopedia of Law Project

Many of The Encyclopedia of Law Project’s important features and services remain unique among online legal resource collections.

The Encyclopedia of Law provides a great number of access points, BROWSE (What’s New, Title, Table of Contents, Subject — LCSH, Subject – LCC, Search — Research Discipline, Key Word, Megatopics – Keyword in context, Title, Author, hyperlinked indexing) and web SEARCH.

About our Web Law Library

This expert-created database provides annotated links to both academic and general interest sites. It is an online
directory for general reference in many legal topics. Also offers pathfinders for several research topics, with internet and print sources.

Our legal Web Index resource is one of the leading online-based, academic web libraries which combine the advantages of the hypertext and multi-media capabilities of the Web with those of the organizational and retrieval functions of a database manager. The Web Law Library includes focused, automatic Internet crawling as well as automatic text extraction and metadata creation functions to assist experts in content creation and users in searching.

The Encyclopedia of Law provides a great number of access points, through browse and search, by Title, Subject (LCSH, Key Word, Author, Description, Full-text), and limit search (Resource Type, Resource Origin and Access) modes. Searching in fielded and full-text mode allows the user to quickly find high quality resources on the chosen subject(s). Nested, boolean searching capabilities are featured as is exact searching. Search results come back in the form of dynamically created Web pages. Results within these can be ranked by relevance to the search or alphabetically by title. Displays available include title only, regular display, long display and full display. Many of the displays feature indexing terms that are viewable and in hyperlink form and, when clicked upon, allow further broadening or narrowing of the search as desired.

The Encyclopedia of Law Project is augmenting its content with a large, second-tier collection of automatically selected and described resources that should complement its first-tier collection of expert created records and allow the user more detail in searching and a greater number of useful results.

On the Advanced Search page, we have browsing indexes which cover all legal topics and more. These include:
* Subjects — LCSH (Library of Congress Subject Headings), Table of Contents (LCSH with titles filing under each heading), LCC (Library of Congress Classifications) and Research Disciplines
* Keywords — MegaTopics (keyphrases drawn from our title, subject, keyword and annotation fields) and standard Keywords
* Other Indexes: Authors, Titles, Resource Types and What’s New

Among the contributions of The Encyclopedia of Law Project is the essential enrichment or “value added” service of providing concise descriptive information (e.g., an annotation as well as in-depth indexing terminology including Library of Congress Subject Headings) for each record. This greatly helps users to quickly retrieve a focused results set, examine the relevance of individual records and then choose among them immediately prior to accessing thus saving considerable time. Librarian collection expertise and concerns regarding resource comprehensiveness, quality and general usefulness from an academic perspective guide all INFOMINE resource selection activities.

In-depth description and indexing, careful selection, a considerable number of options in browsing/searching, and ample help in usage mean that practitioners, faculty, law students and the interested public can find important, relevant Internet resources quickly and easily via this Encyclopedia of Law Project.

The Categorizing Portal of the Encyclopedia of Law

The Categorizing Portal is an integrated collection of the entries of the Portals of the Encyclopedia of Law categorized using the Library of Congress classification scheme. The entries are organized under one or more relevant Library of Congress class numbers and an associated subject description.

Using, currently, an abridged Library of Congress call number, the Categorizing Portal allows readers to browse through a virtual law library of the legal Encyclopedia entries to identify the information researched.

Resources are categorized:

* first within a broad classification,

* then within narrower subclasses,

* and then finally listed under a specific classification range and associated subject description that best characterize the content and coverage of the resource.


During the 1990s there were several projects that had employed conventional library classification systems to organize web resources, with a wide variety of different implementations of this approach. A number of sites adopted similar organizational structures: the presentation of the general outline as a base home page, links to subcategories or subclasses in appropriate subdirectories, and an indication of the associated subject coverage of a class, section, or category.

The Engineering Electronic Library of the Swedish University of Technology Libraries (EELS), not only provided descriptors for every incorporated resource, but also offered access from these subject terms or phrases to other records assigned the same descriptor. This feature allowed users to search from within a record to identify similar resources without leaving a relevant item. The Engineering Electronic Library of the Swedish University of Technology Libraries offered a classification of a selected resource in more than one category, providing access to that resource from more than one perspective.

An Alternative: the Classification Portal

While the efforts profiled in the Categorizing Portal of the Encyclopedia of Law offer a range of methods for Web organization that may be adapted to enhance the legal encyclopedia, the Project also provided alternative methods for displaying and accessing resources within the Encyclopedia of Law defined collection. One of them is the Encyclopedia of Law Classification Project.

More about Browsing legal subjects in the Browse Portal, including other classification schemes.

Further Information about the LC Classification Scheme for Law in the Encyclopedia

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