Student Newsletter Fall 2009

Inside this Issue
 •Meet your Law Librarians
 •Research Help - How??  •Law School Survival Aids
 •Learn the Law with CALI
 •Rare Book Room: New Exhibit
 •Interviewing Help!
 •Introducing Zotero

Dear Students,

We hope your semester is going well! Please take a moment to look at this fall issue of the Newsletter, which includes announcements about several new library resources. If you are studying evidence this semester, or working in a clinic, you may find the Library's new AudioCaseFiles service useful. Or, if you're having trouble keeping track of all those web pages, PDFs and other research sources, check out the Library's new guide to Zotero. What's Zotero? It's a Firefox plug in that helps you manage online research sources. This online application was recently mentioned in the Law Library's Legal Eagle blog. Please keep an eye on the blog for brief reviews of law resources and more.

The Law Library is both an intellectual resource and a service organization. We are always delighted to see you stop at the Information Desk, confer with a research librarian, bring your laptop to the computer help desk, or collaborate with a colleague while in the Law Library. Our mission is fulfilled when we successfully meet your information needs. We wish you a happy and productive fall semester!

Peace, Filippa

Filippa Marullo Anzalone
Professor and Associate Dean for Information and Technology Services,
Law School

Introducing your Legal Information Librarians

(from left) Joan Shear, Marguerite Most, Mark Sullivan, Mary Ann Neary, Denise Sharif, Karen Breda

How Many Ways can I get Research Help? It has Never Been Easier! You can:

Come to the Information Desk.

Call us at

Write us at

IM a librarian via Online Live Help (Meebo).

Reference on the Run: look for us in the cafeteria at lunchtime.

Getting Through Law School -- Survival Aids for Law Students

Audio Case Files

The BC Law Library subscribes to AudioCaseFiles (, a service which offers multimedia legal education and training tools, including 1) audio downloads of legal opinions featured in casebooks, 2) videos of trials and 3) a video training library, with highlights of trials by respected litigators, accompanied by commentary. Access is restricted to members of the BC Law School community. For self-registration instructions (and to get in), click on the Law Library's A-Z List.

Audio Library

The Audio Library features key opinions in law school casebooks. With AudioCaseFiles, an iPod and some earbuds, you can listen to your reading assignments on the T, while cooking dinner, or while working out at the gym. Learn more here.

Video Library

Watch attorney Roxanne Conlin deliver the opening argument for plaintiff, the State of Iowa, in a class action against Microsoft for over $450 million in damages. With the Video Library, you can watch videos of actual trial proceedings from motions in limine to closing arguments. Learn more here.

Video Training Library (new!)

Watch experienced litigators in action! In the Video Training Library, see streamed highlights of trials by respected litigators and listen to commentary and analysis keyed to trial advocacy and litigation training topics. Learn more here.

Survival Manual

Bookworms looking for a law school survival aid should try Legal Research Survival Manual by Robert C. Berring and Elizabeth Edinger. This concise, lighthearted booklet is part survival manual and part pep-talk. Although geared toward 1Ls, it’s also for 2Ls and 3Ls who are panicked about legal research and would like a refresher lesson. You can read it from cover to cover in about an hour. More here.

Learn the Law with CALI

Did you know that CALI, the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction offers over 720 interactive, computer-based lessons and tutorials?!! Are you a 1L who’s feeling a little confused about easements appurtenant and easements in gross? Or, maybe you've registered to take the MCLE (Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam) in November and would like a short review of lawyering ethics. Look to CALI for help. You may find exactly what you need. Click here for more information.

Rare Book Room Exhibit: Recent Additions to the Collection

Click on image to see a larger view "Recent Additions to the Collection," on view until December 2009, features books, manuscripts and art donated by Dan Coquillette, Buzzy Baron, Morris Cohen, Mike Hoeflich, and Robert Brooker, as well as recent purchases. Highlights include two handwritten property deeds on vellum, a comical lithograph of French lawyers by the satirist Honoré Daumier, elegant engravings of London law buildings, and a piece of 1890s sheet music advertising a legal encyclopedia. View selected highlights here.


Interviewing Help!

The Leadership Library on the Internet database provides information about individuals in U.S. government, business, professional, and nonprofit organizations. The contents of 14 Yellow Book directories are included: Congressional, Federal, State, Municipal, Federal Regional, Judicial, Corporate, Financial, News Media, Associations, Law Firms, Government Affairs, Foreign Representatives and Nonprofit Sector. Updated daily. You can access via the Law Library's A-Z Page. Access is limited to the BC Law School network.

Introducing Zotero, a New Web 2.0 Research Tool!

Zotero is a research tool built as a Firefox extension, so it works seamlessly in your browser. Use it to organize, gather, share, and annotate your findings on the web, and to add and search files from other sources. Zotero offers Word plugins, citation options, and a group option that lets you collaborate with other Zotero users. Go here for a BCLAW libguide to Zotero, or to Zotero's main page to download the application. Zotero gets rave reviews from its users - join other happy Zotero users - we guarantee you’ll like this Firefox application.