Oct 30 2014

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Staying Current with Twitter

Among the many ways to stay current with news and information, those available to BU Law students include: searching and receiving legal news updates from such premium sources as Bloomberg/BNA and Law 360; reading legal blogs, which you can access through a newsreader by subscribing to RSS feeds; and creating Alerts through Lexis, Westlaw and Google, among others.

Another current awareness tool–and a great one for up-to-the-minute topical information–is Twitter. A few of the ways you can use Twitter:

Like other tools, Twitter can contribute to a sense of overwhelm, being inundated with too much information. That’s a good reason for being selective, setting time limits and letting go of what is no longer helpful.

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Oct 29 2014

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Organization of the Securities Laws

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Here’s a mini presentation on the organization of the federal securities laws.

Securities Research Presentation (Donweber)

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Oct 27 2014

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Writing a Paper? Want to Impress your Professor? Make an Appointment with a Research Librarian.

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Are you Googling and finding articles at sites that ask you to pay?  Chances are the library has a subscription to that journal.  Do you know the best books on your topic?  We can help you write a better paper by pointing you to better resources.  We have a research guide that points you to all the sources you might need.  We also offer appointments with a research librarian which can be tailored to your paper topic.  Let us help you write the best paper you can.

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Oct 23 2014

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Massachusetts News Resources

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Want to stay current with Massachusetts news?  Consider checking out:

 

Mass Lawyers Weekly

  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly

This newspaper covers court decisions, verdicts, settlements, legal news, bar discipline, and court rules.  It is available through the Fineman and Pappas Law Libraries either online or in print.

 

State House News  

  • State House News Service – http://www.statehousenews.com/

This site features a daily digest, press releases, budget information, and the latest headlines.

 

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  • Governor Patrick’s Official Website – http://www.mass.gov/governor/

This website includes press releases, news stories, the Governor’s agenda, legislative and executive orders, and a link to tweets.

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Oct 22 2014

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Boston Book Festival

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The Boston Book Festival is an annual October highlight, centered in Copley Square. This year’s festival is scheduled October 23-25, with most events this Saturday.

Featured speakers include Doris Kearns Goodwin, Benjamin Barber, Daniel Dennett and numerous others. A few highlights: a panel of authors on the promise and peril of technology, a program on Boston stories, and a conversation with novelists Meg Wolitzer and Claire Mesud. See the full schedule HERE.

There is also a street fair (with dozens of exhibitors) on Saturday in Copley Square. Directions, parking information and a map are available here.

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Oct 22 2014

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SCOTUS Arguments, with Dogs

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The great John Oliver offers up one of the funniest SCOTUS-related sketches I’ve ever seen. He takes audio of Supreme Court arguments and plays it over footage … of dogs, dressed up like the Justices.  You really need to take a look.

h/t to Above the Law.

UPDATE:  Oliver posted his footage on YouTube for others to use in regard to different SCOTUS arguments.  It didn’t take long for the Internet to take up the challenge.

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Oct 17 2014

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Chat with a Reference Librarian on LiveChat

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Did you know that as a law school student you can remotely chat with the reference librarians? LiveChat is available during normal reference hours, and it is fast and easy to use, even on your phone. To access it, just go to http://www.bu.edu/lawlibrary/services/circulation/livechat.html and start typing!

 

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Oct 17 2014

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Friday Fun Fact.

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Ever wondered WHY libraries, like new cars, have a smell all their own?

Click on the image below to discover the answer:

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http://www.iflscience.com/chemistry/where-does-smell-old-books-come

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Oct 15 2014

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Research on International Human Rights Law

Few topics get more attention around the world than human rights, but many students are uncertain about the source and scope of those rights.

If you are researching the topic, the library’s research guide is one starting place. As with most international law topics, consulting a good secondary source, such as a leading treatise or the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, is often a great way to identify primary documents and learn about enforcement mechanisms.

The most prominent arena for international human rights law is the United Nations apparatus, which includes:

A relatively new UN process is called Universal Periodic Review, which provides a regular assessment of every UN member state’s human rights record.

Other human rights systems include the regional systems in Europe, the Americas and Africa–each with its own conventions, commissions and tribunals.

Many sources provide ongoing coverage of human rights developments around the world, including non-governmental organizations (NGOs), such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch; blogs, such as Human Trafficking Search and  Immigration Prof Blog; news agencies of the UN and  U.S. State Department (and the Department’s Human Rights Reports); and international news sources, such as the BBC and Reuters.

Other research guides that may provide relevant guidance include our guides to Treaty Research, Refugee & Asylum Law and International Courts & Tribunals.

 

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Oct 15 2014

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Cornell Legal Information Institute

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The law library enjoys providing its community of users with access to open source or free legal resources.  In that vein, the Legal Information Institute @ Cornell Law School (http://www.law.cornell.edu/) is a terrific source of reliable and free primary legal materials.  The main areas of information provided include:

  • Constitutions and Codes
  • Court Opinions
  • Law by Source or Jurisdiction
  • Introduction to Basic Legal Citation
  • LII Topical Libraries

Take a look!

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