Aug 28 2015

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Welcome New Students!

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If you have questions, we in the library are here to help!

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Aug 26 2015

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Library Tours

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Learn about important resources that will help you get a quick start in law school.  These tours will be held:

Monday, August 31 @ 1 & 4 pm

Wednesday, Sept. 2 @ 1 & 4 pm

Thursday, Sept. 3 @ 1 & 4 pm

Tuesday, Sept.  8 @ 1pm

Wednesday, Sept. 9 @ 4 pm

Friday, Sept.  11 @ 12 & 1 pm


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Aug 25 2015

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Register Your Passwords

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Did you get an e-mail with your Lexis Advance, WestlawNext and Bloomberg Law registration codes?  If not contact Stefanie Weigmann.  Now that you have them register them.  They will be important for your entire law school career.  And we will be using them in research classes in a week or two.  So register them now.

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Aug 25 2015

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New Reference Offices

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Welcome back!  Over the summer, the reference librarians changed offices.  Our new spaces are located on the third floor of the Fineman and Pappas Law Libraries in the following rooms:

  • Steven Alexandre da Costa – Room 319
  • Steve Donweber – Room 320
  • Jenna Fegreus – Room 322
  • Stefanie Weigmann – Room 323

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If you have any questions as the semester approaches, please feel free to visit us at the reference desk, stop by our offices, or chat with us online.

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Aug 17 2015

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Sports Law News

Lately, there have been many high-profile sports cases featured in the news.  Today, for instance, the National Labor Relations Board (N.L.R.B.) released a decision denying Northwestern student athletes’ request to form a union.  Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady and the N.F.L. are also currently before the U.S. District Court, debating Brady’s four-game suspension in the upcoming season.

If you are interested in reading more about these or other decisions, there are several sources that you can turn to.  For example, the N.L.R.B’s decision is accessible from their website, and may be found here.  You may also find secondary sources to be helpful.  The Boston Globe, for instance, has written a story on the Brady’s suspension, which analyzes the dispute and includes links to some of the motions filed in the case.  Looking for more?  Just ask a reference librarian!

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Jul 22 2015

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The Importance of Being…Earnestly Connected.

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Having just returned from the annual conference of the American Association of Law Libraries in Philadelphia I am in a reflective mood about the importance and benefits of “connection.” While in today’s hyper-socially interactive world where we are incessantly bombarded by postings, tweets, and other digital messages, this may appear obvious, what perhaps is less-so is the value that professional organizations and associations may have for you as future legal practitioners and as professionals more generally.

Now, deciding which organizations to join and which to truly dedicate oneself to is an important distinction to draw. For future lawyers it seems obvious that the American Bar Association is a worthy choice. Do not stop there, however, as the multitudes of committees, divisions, forums and sections will surely be of interest and will in many ways help you feel more connected and integral to your newly chosen (noble) calling. (Author’s Note: Student memberships are free.)

Putting your legal education into practice  doing pro-bono activities will likely become one of the more satisfying aspects of your new career. Find something that inspires you as this will make you feel part of something bigger than yourself and provide perspective when studying and the stresses of law school are giving you the blues.

If you need assistance finding organizations and worthy associations, please feel free to stop by the Reference Desk to chat.

Enjoy the rest of your Summer!


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Jul 06 2015

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20th Edition of the Bluebook

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We have just gotten our copies of the new edition of the Bluebook on our desks.  Most of the changes look to be tinkering with the existing rules.  Changes we hoped might be coming, like more flexibility in citing to online versions of statutes, did not materialize.  Probably the most interesting addition is the format for citing to archived versions of websites at and the Internet Archive.  Law librarian Janelle Beitz compiled a complete list of differences between the 19th and 20th editions on Google Drive [Hat tip GT].

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Jul 02 2015

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American FactFinder

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Looking for data to incorporate into your class paper or research memo?  You may want to check out American FactFinder, a free site created by the United States Census Bureau.  American FactFinder allows you to search for a community by state, county, city, or zip code.  Once you pinpoint the location that you are interested in, American FactFinder displays a profile of the area.  This profile includes information on age, race, gender, education level, income, language, poverty level, and the number of veterans in a community.  Below, for example, is the profile for Boston.

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For more information on this and other helpful resources, check out our Statistics & Big Data Resources research guide.

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Jun 18 2015

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Busy day at the Supreme Court. 6 opinions issued!

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Jun 09 2015

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Hello RAs – Remember that you can communicate with us all summer via LiveChat, M-F, 9-5.

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