CSE498, Collaborative Design, Fall 2019
Computer Science and Engineering
Michigan State University

Founded in 1837, Harvard Law School is the oldest law school operating in the United States. Consistently ranked as one of the top universities in the world, an average of 560 students enroll in Harvard’s prestigious law program each year.

The media presence surrounding Islamic news, policy, and debate makes easily accessing the millions of surviving Islamic/Sharia documents more important than ever.

Harvard Law School wants to consolidate the world’s information on Islamic law and history with the hope of facilitating universal access.

Harvard Library currently has cataloged records from multiple data sources. Some of this data is inaccurate or misplaced, causing the information to be difficult, even impossible, to access.

Our “StackLife” Library Search and Display Tool consolidates the data from Harvard Library and stores it in one, easily accessible location.

Consolidating data not only allows for easier access, but also helps to remove inconsistencies and inaccuracies that may exist between multiple data sets.

Researchers use our website to customize searches to locate sources as well as save their searches, allowing seamless repeated querying.

As more users search for sources, our specialized search algorithm continuously improves the research experience, placing more relevant resources first.

Our application is built using Bootstrap and Python Flask and is contained within Docker. We are using Amazon Web Services to create a relational database server with MySQL 8.0.