1L Newsletter Fall 2009

Inside this Issue
 •Introducing your Library
 •Research - Get Started  •Meet your Law Librarians
 •Research Help - How?
 •Course Reserves FYI
 •Dictionaries & Abbreviations
 •Time for a Break!

Welcome Class of 2012!

Welcome to the Boston College Law Library! This newsletter is one way the Library provides you information about services and collections. We hope you will find that the Library is a friendly and comfortable place to study, research the law, work with classmates in group study spaces, and sit quietly and read. We are here to help you find and use materials here in the Library and in electronic formats through the library's website and other electronic access points. If you have questions about finding or using printed or digital resources, or about library policies, please ask for help at the Information Desk.

We welcome your suggestions and look forward to meeting and working with each of you over the next three years. Best wishes for a most successful first year!

Peace, Filippa

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

Introducing your Library

Get acquainted with us: check out the New User's Guide.

Take a virtual Library tour!

Visit our Home Page to get started on your research and to know us better.

Find us on Facebook! (You can get in via our Home Page).

Visit our blog, BC Legal Eagle (You can get in via our Home Page).

Research: Get Started via the Law Library's Home Page

Use the Law Library's home page as your research starting point. The site provides quick links to course webpages, Lexis/Nexis and Westlaw, the library catalog, and a portal to thousands of databases and legal sites, as well as to electronic research guides created by law librarians here at Boston College.

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 lawref@bc.edu.

IM a librarian via Online Live Help (Meebo).

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

Just a Reminder about Course Reserves...

Your instructor may ask you to look at an item in Course Reserves. To find a listing of materials by instructor's name or course name, check the Course Reserves database in the library catalog as follows: click on "Course/Online Reserves" tab; then enter your username/password. Reserve materials are available at the Information Desk; they must be used in the library, and may be borrowed for 2 hours. You will need your BC ID to check them out.

Help!! What does this mean?? An Introduction to Dictionaries and Abbreviations

Amicus curiae-Certiorari-Chattel-Consideration-Conversion-Demurrer-Hornbook-Intestate-Nisi prius-Obiter dictum-Per curiam-Shepardize-Star pagination-Stare decisis...

In your first weeks of law school, you’ll add many legal terms and acronyms to your working vocabulary. If you find yourself befuddled or confused, try checking a legal dictionary, or a book with tables of legal abbreviations to help you decipher difficult citations.
  • Black’s Law Dictionary is a comprehensive source of legal definitions. Black’s has other valuable information, too, such as Latin legal maxims with English translations. Law Library Reference Area KF156 .B53 2009 and on Westlaw: BLACKS.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary is another classic. Law Library Reference Area KF156 .B3 1969 and on LexisNexis: BTINES.
  • Harvard Law Library’s free online One-L Dictionary is just what the name suggests: basic terms with straightforward definitions aimed at beginning law students.
  • For a more extensive free online source, try Merriam Webster's Dictionary of Law (1996) on Findlaw.
  • Lawyers and law librarians turn to Prince’s Bieber Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations when they’re stumped by an unknown abbreviation. You should, too. Law Library Reference Area KF246 .B46 2009 and on Lexis: LEXREF/BIEBLA.
Time for a Break!

Watch a movie!

The Library has a collection of feature films (primarily in DVD format) that deal with law-related themes. These may be borrowed by BC Law School faculty, students and staff for up to 4 days. Click here to see a listing of films in the law library. Check out the new and the old!

For your sweet tooth!

New Englanders love ice cream. After extensive research, two members of the library staff compiled a 'Best of' guide to their favorite local ice cream spots. Here are 3 of their top choices:

White Mountain Creamery
19 Commonwealth Ave.
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

White Mountain (located across from the BC main campus), has a solid and much deserved reputation.

Emack & Bolio's
1663 Beacon St.
Brookline, MA 02445

A great choice on a warm day when you can eat outside and people-watch in Washington Square!

743 Washington St.
Newtonville, MA 02460

A great neighborhood ice cream shop. Prices are fairly reasonable and the ice cream is very good.