Filippa Anzalone
Filippa Marullo Anzalone
Professor and Associate Dean for Information and Technology Services, Law School
Dear 2L and 3L students,

Welcome back to BC Law for another year of academic achievement, productivity, and camaraderie. Please read the articles in the fall Law Library Newsletter to help you make the most of academic year 2015-2016.

One article of note is about an exciting new resource on Bloomberg Law: Corporate Transactions. Corporate Transactions is a web-based drafting tool available to students, faculty and staff. Please peruse this newsletter to find out more; it is filled with information about new resources, our unusual check out items available in the Law Library, and free access to the New York Times. You might be interested in reading about BePress’s ExpressO Law Review submission service, and you will find a law themed diversion in the article about the Daniel R. Coquillette Rare Book Room’s exhibit on the Magna Carta and the upcoming exhibit on legal formbooks.

You will also find helpful information on the many ways in which you can contact one of the Legal Information Librarians and other BC Law Library and Technology staff. Did you know that many of our librarians are lawyers and librarians? They have been through law school and understand the complexities of legal information and legal research. Other articles provide information about the upper level legal research courses that are available and a new look for our very useful LibGuides.

Law school is intellectually stimulating and arduous. Please take care of yourself. Try to pace yourself as the semester progresses. In the meantime, best wishes for the success of academic year 2015-2016!



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

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New and Improved Research Guides

The Law Library research guides have a new look which we think makes them easier to use and find. If you are researching in an area that you have never researched before, or if you want some recommendations for useful resources or shortcuts and quick tips, try our Research Guides. Guides cover generalized and specialized legal research topics, and also provide useful information for students in particular school activities like clinics, journals, or employed as faculty research assistants.

To browse existing guides, click on the Research link on the top of the Law Library home page. Or search for research guides on a particular subject by first clicking on “Research Guides” at the top of the search box.

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Spring 2016 Legal Research Courses

Students have opportunities to master research skills in a number of specialized areas this spring. The law librarians will be teaching these courses: Bankruptcy Law Research, Intellectual Property Research, International Legal Research and Insurance & Civil Litigation Research. These 2 credit courses are offered on a rotating basis and are taught every second year. This group of courses will be offered next in Spring 2018.

In addition, there will be 2 sections of Advanced Legal Research scheduled this spring. This is a 3 credit course meeting twice a week.

Please stop by and speak with the law librarians to discuss which research course best fits your needs.

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Legal Research Help

Research help is available Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday from Noon – 5 p.m., and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. Get your reference help the way you like it.

You can come to the Information Desk and ask to speak to a librarian in person. You can call us at 617-552-4434. To chat with us online, link from the “Chat with a Librarian”. Send us an e-mail at If you have a very brief question that can be answered very briefly, (under 160 characters) you can text us at 617-70-BCLAW. If you want an in-depth consultation stop by, call, or e-mail to schedule an appointment.


Getting Technology Help

Administrative & Technology Resources (ATR) provides help to students through its staffing of the Law Library's Student Computing Help Center located in Room 205. Hours of operation of the Help Center change each term; our current schedule can be found at this website: /schools/law/library/technology/Helpsupport.html

Faculty and staff may contact ATR for technology and telephone support by calling our departmental help number (2-2604), or writing to our departmental email account ( Our hours of operation are Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

After hours and weekend service is available through the University’s Information Technology Services Help Desk by calling (617) 552-HELP (4357). Please note that services specific to the Law School (e.g. access to servers and printers, LEXIS, WESTLAW, BloombergLaw, ACES2, Symplicity, etc.) are administered only by members of the ATR and Law Library staff and University ITS staff will likely not have access or familiarity with said services.

ATR Staff

Michael Mitsukawa, Associate Director, Administrative & Technology Services
Law Library, 280B, (617) 552-2355, email:

Kristen Toohey, Law School Technology Consultant
Law Library, 232, (617) 552-2604, email:

Tuananh (Mo) Truong, Law School Technology Consultant
Law Library, 277, (617) 552-2604, email:

Kyle Fidalgo, Educational Technology Specialist
Law Library, 278, (617) 552-2091, email:

Ian Roeber, Graduate Technology Consultant
Law Library, 205, (617) 552-2604, email:

Anupama Pal

New Reference Librarian: Anupama Pal

Anupama Pal joined the Law Library staff in July as our new Legal Information Librarian and Lecturer in Law. Anupama received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago, her Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, and her Juris Doctor from John Marshall Law School, Chicago.

Anupama's most recent position was Reference and Government Documents Librarian at Elon University School of Law Library where she instructed students in legal research classes and assisted faculty members with research projects. She held positions as Reference Associate at the Pritzker Legal Research Center of Northwestern University School of Law and Reference Assistant at Loyola University Chicago School of Law Library. In addition, Anupama worked at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Chicago District Office and was a judicial extern for the Honorable Jesse G. Reyes in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. Anupama is active in multiple professional associations, publishing articles, presenting at conferences and workshops, and serving on numerous committees.

Please stop by and say hello on your next visit to the Law Library! You’ll see Anupama (“Anu”) at the Information Desk, in her office, Law Library room 258, and walking around campus getting to know BC. When she’s not busy as a law librarian, Anu enjoys taking yoga classes, painting, rooting for Chicago sports teams, and trying restaurants in the Newton and Waltham areas.

New ATR Staff

Kyle Fidalgo, Educational Technology Specialist

Kyle Fidalgo

Kyle Fidalgo, until recently, one of ATR’s Law School Technology Consultants, assumed the duties of the Educational Technology Specialist position effective September 1, 2015. Kyle served as a Law School Technology Consultant since October 2013. Kyle came to BC Law after working in a number of progressively responsible IT positions in Wilmington, NC. Kyle earned his B.S. in Business Administration, and an M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. Kyle’s office is located in Law Library, 278. Kyle will retain his current phone extension (x2-2091). You may continue to send your ed. tech. requests to or

Ian Roeber, Graduate Technology Consultant

Ian Roeber

Ian Roeber joined the Law Library’s ATR department as Graduate Technology Consultant (GTC) in August. Ian is working toward an M.A. in Theology and Ministry and an M.S.W. in the School of Social Work. Ian graduated with a B.A. (summa cum laude) in Broadcast Students and Electronic Media with minors in Spanish and Religious Studies from Gonzaga University in 2009. Prior to coming to BC, Ian served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC) for two years. His first year was spent in Boise, ID at Corpus Christi House, and his second year was spent in Juneau, AK working with AWARE, Inc. Ian then worked as a JVC Northwest recruiter for a year in Portland, OR. Since coming to BC, Ian has worked as a Program Assistant for the Summer Institute at School of Theology and Ministry and as a Graduate Assistant for the Arrupe International Immersion Program. Ian has also found time to work on and produce several documentary films. You’ll find Ian in the Student Computing Help Center in Law Library 205 on Wednesdays and Thursdays this fall offering his assistance for your technology issues.

Kristen Toohey, Law School Technology Consultant

Kristen Toohey

Kristen Toohey joined the Law Library’s ATR department in January of this year. Kristen Toohey earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Photographic Communications from the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. She has also attended classes and earned certificates in web content management and design from the Harvard University Extension School and the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. Kristen has worked at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and, most recently, at the Harvard Medical School/New England Primate Research Center (NEPRC) in Southborough, MA. At NEPRC, Kristen had increasingly responsible positions in graphics, web management, and technology support over the past 17 years. Kristen’s office is in Law Library 232; Kristen can be reached at x2-2604 and via email at

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Personal Digital Subscriptions to the NY Times

The BC Law Library is happy to be able to continue to offer personal digital subscriptions to for members of the BC Law community. Most of you received email invitations from the New York Times this time last year, and for those of you who have already signed up, no further action on your part is required. Your access should continue uninterrupted.

RETURNING students who have NOT YET REGISTERED for a NYTimes account: To register, click here and enter your BC email address (MUST be in the format.) The Times will respond with an email prompting you to create a password.

TRANSFER students: Watch for an email invitation directly from the NYTimes inviting you to register for your account as part of our BCLaw group subscription.

All full-time students, faculty and staff of the Law School are eligible to register for access to NOTE: Access includes and the NYTimes smartphone app (but not tablet apps.)

Any questions or if you have problems signing up, contact Deena Frazier, BC Law Library's Collection Services Librarian, at

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Intelligize - A New Way to Research SEC Filings

Need to research securities offerings to locate sample language for drafting purposes? The BC Law Library has a new tool to streamline your corporate filings research: Intelligize. The Intelligize platform is the preferred research tool for many corporate law offices and financial firms. Using Intelligize, you can easily drill down to discover language in clauses and sections contained within filings. In addition, Intelligize analyzes the language within filings. This process provides normalized clauses to allow retrieval of similar risk factor language, for example, across filings. Just this month, Intelligize added a "registered offerings" database to streamline access to over 10,000 filings from 2010 to present. Among other features, this new database allows users to track legal fees tables from the registration filing and sort those fee tables by industry or offering size.

All BC Law students can access Intelligize by using the link from the Law Library's list of databases and registering for a personal account using their BC e-mail address. If you would like assistance getting started with Intelligize, please drop by the Information Desk or e-mail for an appointment.

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Rarebook Room News

The current exhibit, Exploring Magna Carta, will be on display through November. Please come visit our treasure trove of Magna Carta-related materials, in honor of the Great Charter’s 800th anniversary!

Next up? Keep an eye out for an exhibit of our fabulous collections of legal formbooks. Lawyers—litigators and transactional practitioners alike—spend an inordinate amount of time drafting documents. One of the oldest categories of legal literature is formbooks, which keep lawyers from having to reinvent the wheel every time they need to draft a particular type of pleading, contract, etc. This will be a great way to learn about this important category of literature, which continues to expand today.

As always, students are welcome and encouraged to use the Rare Book Room as a quiet study space, whenever the room is open, generally weekdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Students are equally welcome to use our special collections for research projects or to simply ask to see an item for mere curiosity’s sake!

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Access the Financial Times

Members of the Boston College community have access to the Financial Times to keep up with day-to-day global news and markets. The Financial Times provides meaningful insight and analysis from award-winning columnists as well as reports and research on industry by sector, customers & competition. To gain access to the Financial Times go to and register with your email address. The Financial Times mobile app allows smartphone and tablet access. Questions about access to the Financial Times should be directed to

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20th Edition of the Bluebook on Reserve

Haven’t updated your 19th edition Bluebook to a 20th edition yet? Have no fear – the Law Library has copies on reserve. Reserve copies can be checked out at the Information Desk for 2 hours.

If you have electronic Bluebook access – you should already have access to the 20th edition online. Just make sure you select the proper volume from the version pulldown menu.

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Bloomberg Law: Corporate Transactions is Now Available

Bloomberg Law: Corporate Transactions is a new web-based drafting tool which is now available to students, faculty and staff via the Bloomberg Law research platform. This tool helps you draft an agreement by finding and incorporating relevant clauses from actual agreements on file with the Securities & Exchange Commission, refine your draft by comparing and analyzing your text against standard language used in actual agreements in public filings, and improve your effectiveness and efficiency with guidelines, samples, forms and checklists. You can also use this tool to research EDGAR, state and federal laws and regulations, BNA portfolios and Deal Analytics. To access Bloomberg Law: Corporate Transactions, simply login to the Bloomberg Law platform with your username and password and click on the “Looking for Bloomberg Law: Corporate Transactions?” radio button on the Corporate/M&A practice center or the Transactional Resources page.

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The Library Has Stuff!

Stuff you can check out from the library’s Information Desk:

  • Laptop, iPhone, and iPad chargers
  • Headphones
  • Seat Cushions
  • Standing Desks
  • Book Stands
  • Lawn Chairs
  • Frisbees

And, of course, case books, Bluebooks, and other reserve materials! Also, keep an eye out for candy and therapy dogs during finals, and the Diversity Read in March.

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ExpressO for Students – Submitting to Non-BC Law Reviews

If you’ve written an article and are wondering how to find law reviews that might publish it, ExpressO is the answer you’ve been looking for. BC Law has a separate subscription to ExpressO just for students, which you can access by creating an account using your email address. Once you login you can search for journals that accept submissions from students, and then submit your paper to as many journals as you wish. If you run into any issues while using ExpressO, please email Nick Szydlowski.

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Law Library Open House

If you missed the Law Library’s open house on September 16 you can still learn about research resources and transactional tools you should know from our handout. Keep an eye out on the Law Library homepage and MyBC for upcoming Law Library events.

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MyFiles Retirement

The University has offered MyFiles ( as a secure web-based file storage and sharing system to the BC community for the past 10 years. MyFiles will be retired at the end of December 2015. After December 2015, any data remaining on MyFiles will no longer be accessible. The University decided to retire the MyFiles service because better and more cost-effective file storage and sharing solutions exist on campus. Also the vendor has informed the University that the future of MyFiles is uncertain.

University ITS has created a MyFiles Retirement webpage with information about the options for moving any data stored on the MyFiles system to other University resources. You can find the webpage here:

Members of the BC Law community may contact the ATR department at (617) 552-2604 or by email at for help with any MyFiles migration issues. University ITS also provides MyFiles migration help at (617)552-HELP (4357) or via email at

Please note that as of September 15, 2015, MyFiles users will be required to use VPN to access their MyFiles accounts from off campus. Information about VPN and a link to download VPN software can be found at