Student Newsletter Spring 2010

Inside this Issue
 •Jump Start your Research Paper
 •It's Easy to Contact a Librarian
 •Introducing Mango Languages
 •Join the Community Read!
 •BloombergLaw & Career Services
 •BC Legal Eagle Blog
 •New in the Rare Book Room
 •How to Find Sample Exams
 •Introducing Zotero, a New Research Tool
 •ExpressO Now for Students

Dear Students,

We hope your semester is going well! Here in the Law Library, we are all busy and eagerly anticipating the arrival of Spring. We hope that, for you, the semester is going well. Please take a moment to look at this edition of the Law Library Newsletter, which includes information about new resources such as Mango Languages (learn French or Spanish over break!), Bloomberg Law, Zotero to keep track of your research, finding past Law School exams, and the newest Rare Book Room exhibit.

We also hope that many of you will join us for the Diversity Month Community Read. The book we will be discussing over lunch (on both March 15 and March 17) is Run, by Ann Patchett. For more details about the community read and what is going on in the legal information world, please read on. We wish you a happy and productive remainder of the semester and we welcome your visits to the Law Library - in person or online.

Peace, Filippa

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

Law Library Research Training Sessions

Jump Start Your Research Paper!

Do you have a research paper? Do you need a topic or are you just unsure of where to start or do you need help refining your topic?

These sessions are designed to help you learn how to research both effectively and efficiently, as well as to introduce a few databases you might otherwise never have known existed.
  • Wednesday, March 10th @ 12:15 - this session will be taught by Mary Ann Neary
  • Monday, March 15th @ 12:15 - this session will be taught by Denise Sharif
Both sessions will be 45 minutes long and will be held in the Law Library Computer Lab #253.

It's Easier than Ever to Contact a Librarian!

You don't need to visit the law library to get help with your research.

Look for the Reference on the Run sign at lunch to find a reference librarian welcoming your questions!

Too busy to visit, but still in need of immediate research help? Reference librarians monitor our Live Help account on Meebo whenever we're on duty in the library. Link to "Online Live Help" from the Law Library homepage (under Research Starting Points, on the right).

If we're not on duty, send us an email at and we'll get back to you soon. We check our mailbox at 9:00 am every weekday and 3:00 pm every day.

Mango Languages -- Online Foreign Language Instruction

BC Law Library now subscribes to Mango Languages, an interactive foreign language instruction database. Mango offers self-paced basic and intermediate instruction in 22 foreign languages, ESL instruction in 14 different languages and an online translator. Mango uses real-life situations and actual conversations by native speakers to teach foreign languages more effectively. By registering your email, you can log in and pick up your language lesson where you left off. BC Law students, faculty and staff can access Mango Languages via the A-Z List on the Law Library's Research webpage.

BC Law Diversity Month Community Read

BC Law Library is proud to sponsor a Community Read experience once again for Diversity Month. The book this year is Run, by Ann Patchett. There are issues of race, class, religion, family, tradition, career choice and family pressures in the book. Thanks to donations from Wilmer Hale, the Law Library was able to buy many copies of the book, so check one out to read over the break!

Please consider joining our discussion groups to explore these issues. You'll have two opportunities to participate: Monday, March 15 at 11:45 - 1:00, discussion led by Professor Filippa Marullo Anzalone, Associate Dean for Library and Technology Services and Wednesday, March 17 at 11:45 - 1:00 with discussion led by Tracey West, Assistant Dean for Students, Diversity and Academic Services. Lunch will be provided at the discussion sessions on both days. The discussion groups will meet in the Law Library Conference Room, Room 279.

Sign up for either group by emailing Jackie Vincent at , calling Jackie at x2-4475, or signing up at the Law Library's Information Desk before March 10th.

BloombergLaw and Career Services Program on March 17

Save the date: BloombergLaw presentation on March 17 at 12:00 in EW100. Co-sponsored by BC Law Library and Career Services (no registration required).

Bloomberg Law is an innovative new research tool that combines the power of Bloomberg's world-class financial resources with legal resources. The Boston College Law Library has partnered with Bloomberg to provide free access to Bloomberg Law for our law students. Bloomberg offers unique incentives to students: you are authorized to use your free Bloomberg access at your law firm job and you retain your free access rights for up to 6 months following graduation.

BC Legal Eagle Blog

For the latest news on legal research, technology, and their impact on the practice of law visit our blog, BC Legal Eagle, or view the last four entries from our homepage.

Rare Book Room Exhibit: What's New in Our Collection!

Click on image to see a larger view New Exhibit in the Rare Book Room

Please visit our newest exhibit in the Daniel R. Coquillette Rare Book Room. Books and Their Covers: Decorative Bindings, Beautiful Books showcases many of the most attractive items in our collection. The Rare Book Room is generally open Monday - Friday 9 to 5 (closed for classes and special events). The exhibit will be on view through May 2010. More information here.

Click on image to see a larger view.
Past Law School Exams Available

The calendar may say that it's still winter, but it's never too early to plan for final exams.

The Law Library has a collection of past Law School exams, arranged by course name and professor, available on its website, at the following link: /schools/law/library/services/exams.html. You can also access these exams from the Law Library homepage under Using the Law Library (on the right).

Print copies of Law School exams, from 1998 to Spring, 2004, are available in the Law Library's Reference Area. Please stop by the Information Desk if you have any questions about the online or print collection of past Law School Exams.

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.

ExpressO Access Now Available for Law Students

The ExpressO electronic system used by law faculty members to submit their law review article manuscripts for publication is now available for law students to use as well! Boston College Law School pays the fees required for article submission through ExpressO. We are happy to announce that law students will now be able to participate in ExpressO and submit manuscripts for review and possible publication in other institutions' law reviews. John Gordon, Manager for Law Review Publications, outlined this service in a message to the 2L and 3L classes.