Boston College Law Library Faculty Newsletter Spring 2013


Inside this issue:

  • ProQuest History Vault

  • Francis Bacon: Of Law, Science, & Philosophy

  • HeinOnline for international research

  • Bloomberg Law Transactional Resources

  • Getting Your Research Started

  • Docket Research Sources

  • The Library's Newest Offerings

  • The War Diaries Exhibit

  • Newspapers: Electronic access and PDF files

Dear 2L and 3L students,

The start of the semester is exhilarating and sometimes nerve-wracking. The Law Library is here to help you navigate the journey. It is a bright beginning and we all seem to have a reinvigorated spring in our step. The year glistens with possibility and promise.

With renewal in mind, we would like to welcome you back to another eventful year in your life as a law student! We look forward to supporting you in your research and academic pursuits this year. There are exciting developments in the Law Library--new staff and new resources-- so, please take a moment to read this newsletter.

In an effort to continue to make the Law Library a comfortable space for students to study and learn we have added a few new items for students such as a new mobile phone charging station, lawn chairs, chair cushions, and book stands.

The Law Library strives to be at the technological forefront - we want to communicate in ways that make sense to lawyers of the 21st century. Please read this newsletter to learn more about the many resources available to you as a law student which include: BLAW transactional resources; docket research sources; newspaper research sources and, of course, our collection of LibGuides.

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 whom to ask - come to the library first. Best wishes for a very successful year!


Filippa Marullo Anzalone
Professor of Law
Associate Dean for Library & Technology Services


Filippa Marullo Anzalone

Professor and Associate Dean for Information and Technology Services,
Law School

ProQuest History Vault

Unlock the wealth of key archival materials with a single search! With the new addition of ProQuest History Vault to our digital collection, you are invited to explore the archival materials documenting the most important topics and events in 18th- through 20th-century American history. You may access the three History Vault modules from the Law Library's Database List - each collection is linked under its title, e.g. "Immigration: Records of the INS."

  • Immigration: Records of the INS, 1880-1930
  • It covers the investigations made by the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) during the immigration wave of 1880-1930, including immigration to the U.S. by Asians, Mexicans and Europeans, as well as extensive files on the INSs regulation of prostitution and white slavery and on suppression of radical aliens.

  • NAACP Papers -- The NAACPs Major Campaigns: Legal Department Files
  • It contains the working case files of the NAACPs general counsel and his Legal Department staff for the period from 1956-1972. This collection documents the NAACPs campaign to bring about desegregation throughout the United States, particularly in the South. Included are complaints, briefs, transcripts, depositions, correspondence, reference materials, and exhibits pertaining to the civil rights movement and the segregationist opposition.

  • Slavery and the Law
  • A collection of American historical documents including virtually all extant petitions to State Legislatures on race, slavery and free Blacks as well as petitions filed in southern county courts gathered from local county courthouses. Also included are state slavery statutes, a master record of the laws that governed American slavery from 1789-1865.

The fourth module, Law and Society Since the Civil War, which contains manuscripts by 11 American legal scholars from the Harvard Law School Library, will roll out in late fall, 2013. Stay tuned!

Francis Bacon rare book room catalog imageNew Exhibit in the Daniel R. Coquillette Rare Book Room - Francis Bacon: Of Law, Science, & Philosophy

This exhibit celebrates and shares a spectacular gift of books by and about English lawyer, scientist, and philosopher Francis Bacon from our own Daniel R. Coquillette, J. Donald Monan Professor of Law.

The exhibit aims to illustrate the depth and breadth of Francis Bacons intellect, as the works displayed cover topics as diverse as a mortality, treason, terrorism, and gardens. Bacon once stated in a letter to his uncle, "I have taken all knowledge to be my province." (Works, 8.109) This indeed was the case.

Please come in to view a sampling of the beautiful books that represent a mere part of Professor Coquillettes gift to our law school. In addition to being a great friend and benefactor to our Rare Book Room, Professor Coquillette teaches and writes in the areas of legal history and professional responsibility. He has written extensively on the subject of this exhibit, including Francis Bacon (Stanford/Edinburgh, 1992) and "Past the Pillars of Hercules: Francis Bacon and the Science of Rulemaking," University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform 46.2 (2012): 549-592.

You are invited to view the exhibit anytime the room is open - generally weekdays from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The exhibit will remain on view through the Fall 2013 semester.


Use HeinOnline for international research

HeinOnline has many useful databases for international law research. There are four major international law libraries on HeinOnline: Foreign & International Law Resources, History of International Law, Treaties and Agreements Library, and the United Nations Law Collection. Foreign & International Law Resources includes decisions from the Permanent Court of International Justice, Reports of International Arbirtral Awards, and Reports of Cases Before the European Court of Justice. The History of International Law database includes more than 900 titles dating back to 1690 on subjects such as War & Peace, the Nuremberg Trials, Law of the Sea, International Arbitration, the Hague Conferences and Conventions and much more. The Treaties and Agreements Library is HeinOnlines main repository for the text of U.S. treaties and agreements. Finally, the United Nations Collection provides full text access to the United Nations Treaty Series, as well as the judgments and advisory opinions of the International Court of Justice.

 Bloomberg Law Transactional Resources

Need to find Apple's most recent annual report or an example of an Employment Agreement? Then log on to Bloomberg Law to explore the extensive transactional resources available on this platform. On Bloomberg Law there is a separate tab for Transactional Law where you can access current EDGAR filings for public companies and Bloombergs DealMaker databases to retrieve sample documents and clauses. In this tab, you will also find current awareness materials, as well as treatises like the Copyright Law Deskbook, and other helpful resources. For more information on the transactional resources available on Bloomberg, you can explore this description from Bloomberg Law.

Getting Your Research Started

The Boston College Law Library has a variety of general legal research and specialized legal research guides that serve as a great starting point for your legal research. Visit to explore sources and strategies on general research topics such as Reading Legal Citations, or Finding Court Dockets, or specialized research in a growing number of specialized legal research topics. Research help is only a click away.

Docket Research Sources

Researching docket records has become more common as faculty and law review members track developments in pending cases. The BC Law faculty and current students can research federal docket records free of charge using BloombergLaw. The BLAW system provides access to dockets from the federal courts PACER (Public Access to Court Electronic Records) system. Unlike PACER, BLAW allows users to enter a docket tracking request so that the user receives an e-mail alert of any changes in the docket sheet. In addition, BLAW offers selected coverage of some state court filings. Need a BloombergLaw password? Register by clicking the "new user" link on BloombergLaw; use your BC e-mail address when registering. Contact the legal information librarians with any questions by e-mailing

Beyond Books and Databases - The Library's Newest Offerings

Picture of items (bookstand, headphones, laptop chargers, and lawn chairs) that can be loaned at the Law Library

Has the library become your home away from home? Then you're in luck. The library now lends many items to make your time here more comfortable. Just come to the Information Desk to check out bookstands, laptop power cords, chair cushions, and headphones. We even have lawn chairs for the days when you want to take your studying outside. And thanks to our friends at Westlaw, we now have a charging station for smartphones and other mobile devices. Look for it in the Library next to the Computing Help Center.

The library's KIC Bookeye scanner allows you to take high-resolution scans of books and save them to a USB or email them to yourself. The scanner is located next to the Library's Information Desk. Do you have suggestions for other items you'd like to be able to borrow here at the Law Library? Please let us know by dropping a note to


The War Diaries Exhibit

Invasion: Diaries and Memories of War in Iraq, an exhibit featuring diary excerpts written by Lt. Tim McLaughlin '09, Associate, Holland & Knight, photographs by Gary Knight, photojournalist, and text by Peter Maass, author and journalist, will be on display in the BC Law Library from October 28 to November 27, 2013. A panel discussion, moderated by Professor David Olson and featuring the exhibit contributors above, will be held in EW 120 on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 from 6:15 - 7:30 pm. All are welcome to attend the panel discussion.

Newspapers: Electronic access and PDF files

Both faculty members and students often need to retrieve scanned images of newspaper articles. The Law Library's new guide, Retrieving Newspaper Articles, offers links to databases and help with tracking citations.