Faculty Newsletter Fall 2007

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We hope that your semester is moving along well. Please take a moment to look at this Law Library Newsletter – it has short pieces on upcoming BNA workshops, the rapid document delivery / interlibrary loan service, and information about electronic newspapers, journals, etc. I especially recommend the PowerPoint on FRAP 32.1 and the rise of unpublished opinions. We had a very interesting faculty workshop on the subject recently. And please visit the Daniel R. Coquillette Rare Book Room for the latest exhibit on the Thomas More collection. Or, kill two birds with one stone and be sure to come to the next Faculty Sherry Hour on Tuesday, November 20 at 4 pm in the Rare Book Room.

Peace, Filippa

Filippa Marullo Anzalone

Professor and Associate Dean for Library and Computing Services, Law School

BNA Workshops Reminder

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

-Corporate Securities Research at 2:00-3:00 pm in Library 253
-Tax Research at 3:00-4:00 pm in Library 253
-Indexes and the Google Generation - What You Don't Know Will Hurt You at 3:00-4:00 pm in Stuart 408 (concurrent with Tax Research)

Thursday, October 25, 2007

-Hands-on Introduction to BNA-ALL for Faculty and Staff at 12:30-1:30 pm in Library 253

Document Delivery is even more RAPID!

Document delivery service at BC is breaking new ground with the implementation of unmediated Rapid service.

This works as follows: a patron submits a request for an article, which is then immediately ingested into ILLiad, the library’s automated interlibrary loan system. Every 60 seconds the Rapid system polls ILLiad looking for new article requests to send off to lenders who are confirmed owners of the required title and volume. If all goes well, a link to the article is emailed to the patron’s BC email address within 24 hours after the request is placed.

Read All About It!

Ever wonder what's going on back in your hometown?

Boston College Libraries provide electronic access to newspapers around the country and around the world. Access to today’s edition of some newspapers is free on the web, but for yesterday’s news, or last year’s news, you may need to access one of the libraries’ restricted databases. Several of these licensed databases are described here.

Factiva (BC Access Only). Factiva provides electronic access to hundreds of newspapers, most of them within one day of publication. Retrospective coverage varies but in some cases goes back to the 1980s. Includes the Wall Street Journal on day of publication.
Massachusetts Newsstand (BC Access Only). This database provides access to several daily Massachusetts newspapers including the Boston Globe (1980- ) and Boston Herald (July 1991- ).
America's Historical Newspapers (BC Access Only). This database features cover-to-cover reproductions of historic newspapers, providing pages as fully text-searchable facsimile images. Includes more than 200 titles.
Library Guide from O’Neill. This guide describes and links to these and additional sources of current, contemporary (recent past), and historical newspapers available in print or electronically via the Boston College Libraries and/or on the Web.

Spotlight on E-Journals

The availability of academic journals in electronic format has changed the ways in which scholars research and communicate. More scholarly journals are available in electronic format every year. There are currently 23,706 electronic journals available to the BC community through subscription and open access. There are 425 BC databases in MetaQuest alone. How does a scholar know which databases to search when looking for specific journal articles? The BC University Libraries E-Journals database can tell you where to find electronic journals.

The E-Journals database will tell you:

* whether a journal is electronically available to BC students, faculty and staff,
* the databases and/or websites where the full text of the journal can be found
* date ranges of the journal’s electronic availability.

Click here for more on the E-Journals database and how to find electronic journal articles.

Law Review Article Submissions Resources

Concurring Opinions, a “group blog with a broad emphasis on legal topics,” provides a chart of submission policies such as length restrictions, and links to the websites of a number of law reviews. The most recent chart was posted on 8/21/2007; however, a recent commentator noted that the chart is already out of date for several law reviews.

FRAP 32.1 and the Rise of Unpublished Opinions

If you missed the recent Library-sponsored Faculty Workshop: New Federal Rules Changes that Impact Scholarship, you can see the PowerPoint presentation "FRAP 32.1 and the Rise of Unpublished Opinions" prepared by Karen Breda; her jurisdictional handouts for federal and state courts are also available. If you would like background reading or teaching materials about electronic discovery, contact Mary Ann Neary.

   The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction

CALI discs and passwords were recently distributed to all Boston College law students. Go here to check out the 1L and upper-level lessons available. You can also connect to CALI lessons through the library catalog. To pull up catalog records in Quest, Search Type "Local Collection Names" and type in "cali". Once you get into a particular record, you can click on the link to go right to the lesson. Once there, you still need to log onto CALI as always.

Sir Thomas More
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New in the Rare Book Room...

The Thomas More Collection

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You are invited to view a new exhibit in the Daniel R. Coquillette Rare Book Room featuring works by and about St. Thomas More.

The More Collection was purchased in the early 1960s by the Boston College Law School from the estate of Arthur Brown, who taught at BC Law from 1941 to 1949. It contains approximately 100 titles focused on the life and work of Sir Thomas More, patron saint of lawyers and ardent defender of the Catholic Church. It includes several very special editions of More’s landmark work, UTOPIA, including a beautifully illustrated 1518 edition and an 1893 edition published by William Morris’ famed Kelmscott Press.

The exhibition features selections from the More Collection arranged by themes, including episodes from his life, his writings and his legacy; click here to see highlights. It was curated by Laurel Davis, BC Law class of 2006, with assistance from Karen Beck, Curator of Rare Books. The exhibit will remain on view through mid-December 2007. Hope to see you soon!