Newsletter Fall 2007

Dear Students,

We hope that your semester is going as well as the Red Sox’ 2007 season! Please take a look at this issue of the Law Library Newsletter. If you haven’t made use of Reference on the Run, now is your chance. And we have short pieces on electronic newspapers, journals, the Law & Literature collection (hey, it’s a cheap date!), and websites that capture what’s going on with the Supreme Court’s 2007-08 term.

Take a study break and visit the Daniel R. Coquillette Rare Book Room to check out our collection of materials on Thomas More. Finally, be sure to note the Student Computing Help Center hours to make sure that your computer is in perfect working condition before the crush of end of the semester papers and exams.

Peace, Filippa

Filippa Marullo Anzalone
Professor and Associate Dean for Library and Computing Services, Law School

Announcing: Reference on the Run

Have you ever had one of those days when you’re too rushed to grab a bite to eat . . . when you have to choose between a trip to the Law Library or a trip to the cafeteria. The Law Library understands. The Library is now offering reference services in the Snack Bar next to the cafeteria on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. Look for one or two librarians with laptops and lunches at a table with the Reference on the Run sign. Stop by with your research questions or just to chat.

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 of these 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. This guide describes 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

Imagine you are working on a research paper or cite-checking an article for law review. You need the article at 81 Review of Economics and Statistics 91-112 (1999), and you need it fast. But it isn’t in the law library’s print collection and (gulp!) isn’t on Westlaw, LexisNexis or HeinOnline. What do you do now? Check BC University Libraries E-Journals database!

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.

If you wonder what topics are of special interest to your professors, check out this NELLCO Legal Scholarship Repository site, where you will find recent scholarship from Boston College Law School professors.

Law and Literature in the Collection

In 1956 and 1957, Arthur Miller was subpoenaed by the House Un-American Activities Committee for hearings concerning the "Unauthorized Use of U.S. Passports." Miller was convicted of contempt of Congress when he refused to name the names of writers believed to hold Communist sympathies. His testimony before the HUAC is available here. Miller's play, "The Crucible", parodied the hearings by comparing them to the 1692 Salem Witch trials.

Miller's 1953 play is available in the Library’s book collection and the 1996 film of the play is in the Library’s feature film collection. Boston College Law Library is a federal document depository library; for help locating other Congressional hearings before the HUAC, ask at the Information Desk.

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Oyez!Oyez!Oyez! The Supreme Court is in session!

First Monday: The Supreme Court's 2007-2008 term opened on October 1, 2007, the first Monday in October. This article links to a variety of websites that focus on the Court and its business.

The official Supreme Court website includes Court calendars and schedules, Court rules, bar admissions information, case handling guides and more. The full texts of current term opinions are featured with links to previous bench opinions.
Go here for a virtual tour of the Court.
Listen to a short recording of the Marshal of the Court opening a Court session by calling out, "Oyez!Oyez!Oyez!"
The OYEZ Project is a multimedia archive of audio recorded in the Court since the recording system was installed in October 1955. Recordings of all oral arguments and opinion announcements for the 2006 Term were released by the Court to the National Archives on October 1.
SCOTUSblog - Supreme Court of the United States Blog: Go to this blog for day to day comments on what's happening at the Court; links to news articles and editorials; and commentary by practicing attorneys, reporters and law professors.

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 Law Library’s 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. The exhibit will remain on view through mid-December 2007. When you visit, please leave all food, drinks and water bottles outside the room. Hope to see you soon!

Help for your computer

Computer Repair Service Center
The Service Center located on the Chestnut Hill campus has temporarily moved to a Carney Hall, Room 131.
Information about Hardware Repair

The Student Computing Help Center (on the main floor of the Law Library) will be open during the hours listed below:


10:30 am - noon
10:30 am - 1:00 pm
9:00 am - noon
9:30 am - 1:00 pm
10:00 am - noon

1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Student Computing Help Center After Hours and Emergency Help
ATR, the Law School’s Technology Department, also supports the faculty and staff at BC Law. Consequently, outside of the hours set forth above, we can only respond to emergency situations (potential loss of data). ATR staff work Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Students requiring assistance during evening or weekend hours should call 617-552-HELP or seek help at the Campus Technology Resource Center (CTRC) located in the O’Neill Library building on the Chestnut Hill Campus.

More About Your Law Library...

Regular Hours

Mon-Thurs: 7:45 am - 11:45 pm
Friday: 7:45 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday: 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 11:45 pm

Exceptions to regular hours:

Hours are extended during reading and exam periods. Consult a detailed listing of hours, including summer and holiday hours.

Telephone Numbers

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