Student Newsletter - Winter 2009

Inside this Issue
 •New! Library's Online Help
 •Jump-Start your Research
 •Celebrate Black History Month!
 •New Databases
 •Focus on the Presidency
 •New in the Rare Book Room!
 •Tax Tips from the IRS
 •New Google Feature

Dear Students,

Greetings! We hope your semester is proceeding smoothly, and that you're finding the snow beautiful as well as challenging this month.

This issue announces the Library's new Online Live Help service, which is usually available when a Legal Information Librarian is on call. There are many ways to contact a Legal Information Librarian! You can: stop at or phone the Library's Information Desk; seek out the "Reference-on-the-Run" librarian in the cafeteria during lunch hours on Monday-Wednesday; email us (see "Contact the Law Library" on our homepage); and now you can IM us via our new Online Live Help.

Also, remember the Library has many research guides in print and online. Finally, if you are writing a research paper and can't get started, look at the "Jump-Starting Your Research" paper in this newsletter for hints and suggestions. Please don't hesitate to ask us: remember, for us there are no "dumb" questions.


The Black History exhibit at the Library's entrance was assembled by students in the Black Law Students Association from materials here in the Law Library or accessible online. The Library thanks them for an inspiring and visually attractive exhibit!

The Law Library is an intellectual resource and a service organization. Please read this newsletter to learn more about what we offer; let us know how we can help you have a happy, productive semester.

Peace, Filippa



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

Introducing BC Law Library's Online Live Help

Do you need research help, but you can't make it into the Law Library? Don't worry. The Law Library now has an Online Live Help service!

Click on the Online Live Help link in the right margin of the Law Library homepage under "Research Starting Points" to chat with the legal reference librarian on duty. A reference librarian is generally available via instant messaging whenever the Library's reference desk is open. Even when the desk is closed, you can use the chat box to leave a message for the next available librarian. If you leave a message, be sure to include your email address, so someone can get back to you.

Jump-Start your Research

Anyone with a research paper assignment should take a look at this guide prepared by BC law librarians, and designed to help you find an interesting, manageable topic. The guide includes suggestions of sources to consult to identify cutting-edge areas of the law, explains how to find circuit-splits, links to blogs that cover legal news, and links to law professor blogs where you'll find faculty posting comments about controversial issues.

Celebrate Black History Month with the Law Library!

You are invited to stop by the Law Library exhibit case in the entrance to see an exhibit featuring famous African-Americans in the law. The Library thanks Classie Davis, president of the Black Law Students Association, Lum Fobi, a 1L representative for the Black Law Students Association, and Love Obasaju, the historian for the Black Law Students Association, for assembling this interesting and educational exhibit.

The books highlighted below are a few of many books in the Law Library's collection that focus on the African-American experience in the U.S.



Slavery by another name : the re-enslavement of Black people in America from the Civil War to World War II / Douglas A. Blackmon



Outsiders within : black women in the legal academy after Brown v. Board / Elwood Watson


Supreme Discomfort: the divided soul of Clarence Thomas / Kevin Merida and Michael A. Fletcher


Stepping up :
the story of Curt Flood and his fight for baseball players' rights / by Alex Belth

Sarah's long walk : the free Blacks of Boston and how their struggle for equality changed America / Stephen Kendrick and Paul Kendrick.

Against the odds : scholars who challenged racism in the twentieth century / edited by Benjamin P. Bowser and Louis Kushnick with Paul Grant

Mirror to America :
the autobiography of John Hope Franklin /
John Hope Franklin

Rebels in law :
voices in history of Black women lawyers / edited by
J. Clay Smith Jr


New Databases

Introducing two new online databases accessible from the Law Library's "Alphabetical List of Databases":


The Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL), a government database, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's National Preparedness Directorate, FEMA and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security. Included are documents from federal, state, tribal, and local government agencies, think tanks, professional organizations, academic institutions, and international bodies. Open access.

The CCH Federal Securities Law Reporter replaces the old CCH looseleaf service, and includes primary sources such as securities acts, SEC Releases, Rulings, Opinions and Official Commission Actions, SEC Staff Comment Letters and No-Action Letters, and a U.S. Securities Cases Archive, as well as summaries and discussions of the law. Access is limited to the current BC Community.

Focus on the Presidency

"I do solemnly swear..."

The Library of Congress has compiled an online collection of materials to celebrate the inaugurations of the presidents of the United States. The American Memory site Presidential Inaugurations collects or links to over 400 items or 2,000 digital files for inaugurations from George Washington's in 1789 to George W. Bush's in 2001.

President Barack Obama's Inaugural Address is available on the White House web site. You can watch the video here.


Announcing the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents

The Office of the Federal Register (OFR), which is part of the National Archives, has created a new publication, the Daily Compilation of Presidential Documents. The first Daily Compilation appeared on the Government Printing Office's (GPO) new Federal Digital System (FDsys) on January 20, 2009 and replaces the printed Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents. Digital issues of the Weekly Compilation are available from 1993; earlier print issues are available at federal depository libraries nationwide.

Check out the new White House blog!

To keep up with the latest news from the Oval Office, drop the WhiteHouse.gov blog feed into your newsreader. Just click on the RSS link, which appears on the blog, and select the reader you prefer (Google Reader and Bloglines are two possible choices).



A Law Student Collects: Simon Greenleaf & Michael Morales in the Rare Book Room

Click on image to see larger view You are invited into the Daniel R. Coquillette Rare Book Room to view a selection of rare books and documents by and about lawyer, scholar, and law professor Simon Greenleaf, from the collection of Michael Morales, BC Law class of 2009.

Michael first became interested in collecting works by Simon Greenleaf while working as a research assistant for Professor Daniel R. Coquillette during the summer of 2007. As a member of BC Law’s Law and Religion Program, Michael was particularly interested in Greenleaf because much of his work combined both law and religion. Michael was also fascinated by Greenleaf because he was an early American legal educator.

Highlights of the exhibit are available here.

You may view the exhibition anytime the room is open: generally weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will remain on view through early June 2009.

Tax Tips from the IRS: IRS Podcasts

The IRS has produced fifteen podcasts to assist you, the taxpayer, in the 2009 tax filing season, including:
Daily text-based 2009 tax tips (through April 15) are available here.

More for Google Fans - Search within a Search

Did you know that Google has a new feature in which a secondary search box appears within some Google search results? See, for example, the search results for an "IRS" search.

Notice the "Search IRS.gov" search box below the link. According to Google: This feature will now occur when we detect a high probability that a user wants more refined search results within a specific site. Like the rest of our snippets, the sites that display the site search box are chosen algorithmically based on metrics that measure how useful the search box is to users.