Student Newsletter Fall 2010

Inside this Issue
 •Become a fan of the Library
 •Announcing WestlawNext  •Legal Intelligence Online: new Database
 •Get News from our Legal Eagle Blog
 •Welcome to Laurel Davis!
 •Audio Cases via Courtroom View
 •New in the Rare Book Room
 •New Edition of the Bluebook!
 •Courses & Syllabi on the Web
 •Help for your Computer

Dear 2L and 3L students,

Welcome back to another eventful year in your life as a law student! We enjoyed working with you last year and we look forward to supporting you in your research and academic pursuits this year, as well. There are exciting developments in the Law Library: new staff and new resources; so, please take a moment to read this newsletter. Also, please see the announcements about American Lawyer Media, a new product that will allow you to tap into data about law firm operations and employment trends, CourtroomView (formerly AudioCasefiles) and WestlawNext.

Despite all these changes, one constant theme continues: our dedication to working with you to ensure your success and enhance your experience here at BC Law. If you don’t know who to ask – come to the library first.

Peace, Filippa

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

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Announcing WestlawNext

In 2011, Westlaw will formally release its new legal research system, WestlawNext. The Law Library has arranged for BC Law students to have pre-release access to WestlawNext. Students will be able to access WestlawNext starting September 16, 2010. WestlawNext is West's "next-generation" legal research system which features a clearer, less cluttered interface and natural language searching with automatically-expanded search results. Users no longer need to select databases or construct Boolean searches. WestlawNext takes a natural language search phrase and automatically searches for synonyms, related terms and legal terms of art and then ranks search results by relevance.

Word on the street is that West intends to phase out the traditional Westlaw research system, so WestlawNext is the wave of the future. Click here for more information on WestlawNext.

New Resource: American Lawyer Media (ALM) Legal Intelligence Online Database

Now you have the ability to search, compare and download detailed intelligence on the legal market with the ALM Legal Intelligence database. Read through surveys and rankings that ALM publishes annually, or search and compile raw data about the largest U.S. and international law firms, including firm revenues, corporate representation, profits-per-partner, attorney counts, billing data, diversity, pro bono, significant litigation and transactional activity. Raw data can be downloaded to Excel®.

Use is restricted to BC faculty, staff, and students so stop by the Information Desk to obtain our shared Usernames and Passwords to use this resource now. We hope to have IP address recognition available soon.

Legal Eagle Blog

A great way to stay up to date on interesting legal news and legal research developments is through the Boston College Law Library's Legal Eagle Blog. Updated on a regular basis by the Law Library's staff of Legal Information Librarians, you can access it via the Law Library's homepage, or by going directly to This month's entries include an update on the Federal Register's website, Federal Register 2.0, information on new Bluebook rules for treaty citations, a link to new SEC rules on nominating corporate directors and new law school classroom technology.

Welcome to Laurel Davis, new Legal Information Librarian

Laurel joined the Law Library staff on August 16th. Laurel has a distinguished academic background; she earned her Bachelor of Arts in English (summa cum laude) from Vanderbilt University in 2001; she graduated from Boston College Law School in 2006, and earned her Master in Library Science degree from Simmons College Graduate School of Library & Information Science in 2009. While in Law School, Laurel interned at Greater Boston Legal Services in the Family Law Unit and also at Rodgers, Powers & Schwartz, LLP. Laurel was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in November 2006. Laurel was a post-graduate intern at the Boston College Law Library in the spring of 2007. Before coming to the Law Library as a full-time librarian, Laurel was a Legal Reference Specialist at the Office of the Attorney General Law Library in Boston.

CourtRoom View (formerly AudioCasefiles)

Interested in being able to listen to cases on your iPod while you commute or work out? Consider signing up for an account at Courtroom View Network (previously known as Audio Case Files), where you can download MP3s of cases commonly found in 1L casebooks, as well as cases for Con Law, Corporations, Evidence and IP. In addition to being a great resource for multi-taskers, this is a terrific option for auditory learners and visually impaired students. Courtroom View Network (CVN) also provides streaming video of seasoned practitioners from several jurisdictions arguing cases on a variety of subjects. To set up your BC Law student account, visit the CVN website; click the "Sign Up!" link at the top of the screen, and then follow the instructions.

New exhibit in the Rare Book Room!

Click on image to see a larger view When you are ready for a little study break, you are invited to visit the Law Library's Daniel R. Coquillette Rare Book Room to view our Fall 2010 exhibit: Recent Additions to the Collection. Highlights include a selection of early English law dictionaries, a stunning group of lawyers' private library lists, signed modern first editions from contemporary political figures, and some unusual memorabilia connected to the legal publishing industry in late nineteenth-century North America. The exhibit will be on view through early December 2010. You are welcome to drop in for a quick visit, or to use the Rare Book Room as a quiet study space any time it is open: generally Monday - Friday 9 to 5 (closed for events and class visits.) The Rare Book Room is strictly a food and drink-free zone; when you come, please leave all food, drinks, water bottles, and empty food and drink containers outside.

The Interpreter of Words and Terms. 1684.
Announcing the Bluebook: 19th edition

Just when you thought you had mastered the Bluebook…a new edition has been released! The nineteenth edition released this summer covers issues such as how to cite ECF (electronic case files). Rule 18 has been revised to include more citations for electronic materials, such as podcasts of courtroom proceedings, and other internet-based resources. The introductory "bluepages" have also been revised as well. Come browse through the new edition - there are lots of copies available on reserve in the Law Library.

Courses, syllabi and other resources on the Web

Web Courses: You can easily check whether your courses have a course website by consulting the web course list.

eSyllabus@BC: Looking for a class syllabus? The University has a repository for all syllabi called eSyllabus, accessible through Agora. For more information and directions, click here.

CALI (Computer Assisted Legal Instruction) Authorization Code When you create a new account on CALI have the BCLS Authorization code handy, BOSCOLstu16 (case sensitive). Use this when registering to gain access to all CALI Lessons, MediaNotes, and other offerings.

Mac users thinking about Finals already? Good news, ExamSoft has released a native Mac client. That means you no longer need to boot into Windows to take your exam. More information will be made available in the coming months. To check on the requirements or download click here.

Help for your computer!

Network activation, Law review template, student email, pharos – documentation for all of these resources and more can be found on the law library's technology pages. Also, please remember that technology support is available at the Help Center in the Law Library; check here for details on technology support as well as Help Center hours.

The Fall 2010 Help Center hours are listed below. The hours will be posted on the Law Library website.


10 am - 1 pm
10 am - 1 pm
10 am - noon
10 am - 1 pm
10 am - noon

2 pm - 5 pm
2 pm - 5 pm
1 pm - 4 pm
2 pm - 5 pm
1 pm - 3 pm