summer 2011



Inside this issue:

Welcome Class of 2014!

Welcome to the Boston College Law Library!

The start of the semester for students is like New Year’s Day for the rest of the world.  It is a bright beginning and we all seem to have a reinvigorated spring in our step.  The year glistens with possibility and promise—especially with a new dean in place to lead us. 

This newsletter is one way in which the law library provides you information about services and collections.  We hope you will discover 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 retrieving 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!


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

BC Law Librarians welcome the Class of 2014

Our entire Law Library staff was excited to welcome the Class of 2014.  We enjoyed meeting you during the orientation programs, while distributing your Library packets, and providing an introduction to library catalog searching.  We posted a list of Library tours for the first weeks of the semester.  If you missed taking a tour and would like to do so, please stop by the Information Desk in the Law Library.  And remember, we are happy to help with all your questions: in person, by telephone (617-552-4434), by e-mail ( or by text: 617-70-BCLAW.

Text a Librarian!

BC Law Library now offers reference assistance by text message. Text your simple, quick questions to 617-70-BCLAW to get legal reference help on the go.  The legal information librarians will respond  during ordinary reference hours. If your question is received after the reference desk is closed, a response will be sent the following day when reference services are available. For more in-depth questions, please stop by, email or call the reference desk.

BC Law Library Mobile Site

We have recently launched a mobile website to allow smartphone users easy access to library hours, contact information, online catalog searching, research guides, library news and events, and the live BC Shuttle tracking. Point your mobile browser to /schools/law/library/m to access all of this information on this go.

Legal Research Help the Way You Want It

Legal Information Librarians are available to assist BC Law students with legal research issues Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday noon - 5 p.m., and Sunday 10:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Stop by the Information Desk Call the reference phone 617-552-2971 Chat with us through Meebo at BClaw.LiveHelp

Text us at 617-70-BCLAW

Send us an e-mail at Make an appointment for an in-depth research consultation.

Daniel R. Coquillette Rare Book Room

Located on the main floor of the library, the Daniel R. Coquillette Rare Book Room is a beautiful and quiet place to study.  No food or drinks are allowed, so you won't be distracted by noisy eating and drinking.  Plus, there is always an exhibit featuring the works in our collection.  Beginning the week of September 12, a new exhibit will be awaiting your viewing pleasure called "The Golden Age of Legal Publishing in Massachusetts."  Some of the highlights are the first post-American Revolution printing of Blackstone's Commentaries, the first American edition of Montesquieu's The Spirit of Laws, many works of Supreme Court Justice and Harvard Law professor Joseph Story, and a beautiful first edition of Simon Greenleaf's Treatise on the Law of Evidence.   Please come visit, and contact Laurel Davis, Curator of Rare Books, at if you have any questions about the exhibit or access to the Rare Book Room!

Civil War Research: Current State and Future Developments

October 19, 2011    12:15 PM
Library 253

The 150th Anniversary of the start of the Civil War has focused attention once again on this important era of American history. During the past decade Civil War scholarship has shifted its focus from military strategy, tactics and the political ramifications of the conflict to more personal and civilian oriented aspects.  Join Legal Information Librarian Mark Sullivan for an examination of these new developments and for a review of some exciting new resources for Civil War researchers.  

Bloomberg Law

On September 13, 2011, Bloomberg distributed usernames and passwords for its comprehensive legal research database, Bloomberg Law, by direct email to the BC Law 1L class.  Be sure to check your inbox for the message from Bloomberg. 
Once you receive your username and password, you can access Bloomberg Law at  Log in and give it a try.

Courtroom View Network

The Law Library subscribes to the Courtroom View Network, an online learning platform that offers audio versions of popular casebooks and selected video clips from notable trials.  The Audio Casefiles feature includes downloadable mp3 files of the judicial opinions covered in popular casebooks.  You can download your reading assignment and learn/listen on the go! Courtroom View Network offers video clips from trials in selected trial courts.  Practice areas covered by these trial videos include patents, product liability, mergers and acquisitions, and more.  As a teaching tool, certain arguments are produced as separate videos which are accompanied by a law professor’s analysis of the counsel’s presentation. 

All BC Law students and faculty have access to the offerings on Courtroom View Network. You must log in and register first with your BC e-mail address; point your browser to  Once registered, you can log in using the BC network since the system will authorize your access based on BC’s I.P. address.

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!

JP Lick's
46 Langley Road
Newton Center, MA 02459

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