The ELS "movement" has turned an important corner. Over the last year, Joe Doherty (Empirical Research Group at UCLA Law) has organized an impressive online bibliography of empirical legal studies scholarship. Per this background narrative, a lot of the heavy lifting was done by the law libraries at UCLA and Cornell (thanks to the encouragement of Ted Eisenberg). Here are the key features:
- Scope. Includes includes 732 articles from over 80 journals indexed from July 2005 to July 2007;
- Searchability. By author, title, year, or subject area, alone or in combination;
- Output. In general of ISA format [the latter makes it easy to import into another software application] and includes author's affiliation;
- Access. The entire database is available on request [wow, quite generous!].
According to Joe, the UCLA-Cornell nexus is committed to updating it indefinitely. They are, however, looking for volunteers who are willing to help backfill to 2000 or before. Kudos to Joe and Ted for getting this important initiative off the ground.