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Top 10 New In Custodia Legis Posts of 2014

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What an exciting year it has been for In Custodia Legis!  We added Jennifer and Betty to our blog team.  We published over 200 posts (go back and read any of them you might have missed, I’ll wait).  The three most-viewed months in our blog’s four year history came in September, October, and November.  Towards the end of November, we found out that In Custodia Legis was selected for the ABA Journal’s Blawg 100 from their directory of more than 4,000 legal blogs.  Then, in December, DigitalGov took a look behind the blog.

What were our most-viewed posts of 2014?

  1. Advanced Search, Browse, and Appropriations Tables Added to
  2. Free Public Access to Federal Materials on Guide to Law Online
  3. Magna Carta is Coming to the Library of Congress
  4. Nominations, Accounts, Saved Searches – Continues to Grow
  5. Spring forward, fall back – it’s daylight saving time
  6. Removing the Beta Label and New Enhancements
  7. How to Trace Federal Legislation – A Research Guide
  8. What Do I Wear to Court?: Courtroom Appearance and Decorum Standards
  9. Introducing the Indigenous Law Portal
  10. The Law Library Reading Room Is Moving
The In Custodia Legis Blog Team, December 2014
The In Custodia Legis Blog Team, December 2014 (not pictured, our incredible editor, Kimberly Allen)

Several of our older posts remained popular well after they were published.  For comparison, you can read last year’s list.  Some posts spike seasonally, such as those on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Cinco De Mayo.  Reviewing what remains popular is a good opportunity for us to consider what to blog about next year.  Here are the top 10 older posts:

  1. Frequent Reference Question: How Many Federal Laws Are There?
  2. The Articles of Confederation: The First Constitution of the United States
  3. How to Locate Free Case Law on the Internet
  4. Civil War Conscription Laws
  5. The History of the Mexican Constitution
  6. How Robin Hood Defied King John and Brought Magna Carta to Sherwood Forest
  7. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  8. Cinco de Mayo is Not Mexican Independence Day?
  9. Slavery in the French Colonies: Le Code Noir (the Black Code) of 1685
  10. No Taxation Without Representation Circa 1215 AD, or, Magna Carta: A Beginner’s Guide

It’s nice to see Magna Carta posts in both lists.  The exhibition at the Library of Congress (on display now through Monday, January 19, 2015) and its surrounding festivities have been outstanding.  Our most-viewed Pic of the Week, Keeping Time in the Middle Ages, fits in with this theme.

Magna Carta stands at the head of this collection of English Statutes of the 13th century.
Magna Carta stands at the head of this collection of English Statutes of the 13th century.

Is there a post that you loved that did not make the list?  If so, please share it in the comments below.  Thanks for reading In Custodia Legis and have a happy New Year!

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