Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org on Sat, 01/03/2009 - 18:37.
I have a poem originally written in the 19th century, but not published until the 1970s. I want to use it in a publication of my own. Do I need permission, if it's a 19th century poem? If so, how do I find the current copyright holder?
The published version is under international copyright, since it was just published in the 1970s. I'm assuming it was from a manuscript. The manuscript's 19th century production doesn't affect copyright of a published version. If you want to reprint this, you'll need to get in touch with the publisher of the version you want to use--unless that volume lists a different copyright holder, such as an editor. Look at the volume carefully to make sure that isn't the case.
The best way to track a publisher is usually through the International ISBN Agency, which publishes a directory each year. This tells you whether a publisher still exists, and if it doesn't, who picked up their copy. Sometimes you need to track a publisher's name back through earlier editions to find a point of absorption.
If, any time since the 1920s, someone has published this poem, all of this still applies, whomever the publisher might be. But you only need to track down permission for the copy you choose to reprint. Naturally, if you were producing a version from the original manuscript, you would need permission from the owner of the manuscript. (But that's a whole different matter.)
Submitted by email@example.com on Tue, 11/25/2008 - 13:54.
Where can I find information on prison reform and state level policy information?
You can find books on prison reform by searching Searchworks with terms such as "prisons" and "reform."
To find state level bills, statutes, and regulations, try LexisNexis. There, you can track bills at the state and federal level, and find summaries of state laws and regulations related to prison reform for each state.
To locate scholarly articles, try databases like Sociological Abstracts and Worldwide Political Science Abstracts. For both mainstream and alternative newspaper articles, check databases such as Access World News United States Newspapers, AltPress Watch, Ethnic Newswatch, and LexisNexis.
Finally, many non-profit advocacy groups follow prison reform issues. Organizations you might want to check include California Progress Report, Prison Policy Initiative, Justice Policy Institute, Federal Prison Policy Project, Prison Warehouse ,Western Prison Project, and November Coalition.
Submitted by firstname.lastname@example.org on Tue, 11/04/2008 - 17:04.
How can I locate the Solicitor's Opinion from the Dept. of the Interior from 1980 (M-36921)?
This document can be found as part of the Decisions of the United States Department of the Interior (you can search this as a title in Searchworks). The detailed record shows a link to an online resource provided by the University of Michigan. The specific document is in v.87, p.291-304, and you can view a .pdf version. Alternately, the Law Library has this on microfiche.
Submitted by Chris Bourg on Wed, 10/22/2008 - 18:14.
Check out these items already in the Stanford Libraries about Justice Rehnquist.