Skills for Success 2016

Every year, the Law Library conducts a program where students can earn a Certificate in Legal Research. The kickoff to the program is a panel discussion on the Skills You Need for Success in the Practice of Law.  This year the panel discussion will be held Monday, January 25, from 12:45-2:15 in room 214A (adjacent to the cafe). Pizza will be served. The discussion is very useful as practitioners and law students will talk about the research skills you need to succeed in practice. I urge you to attend and then participate in the certification program that will begin the next week.

You will receive a BU Law Certificate in Legal Research if you take 6 out of approximately 20 legal research classes to be offered between now and spring break. The classes are about 45 minutes long with a super easy assignment to complete afterward. The list of classes offered is here: Sign up for the classes you wish to attend.

Please attend the panel discussion for free pizza and great discussion.

Ask any librarian if you have questions.


Library Tours Today!

Learn important information about the library on tours being conducted today and all week!

Tours are at 1 and 4 this afternoon, starting in room 335.

Additional tours are as follows:

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


Library Webinars

The library is offering webinars this week for RAs and other interested parties. Information is below, please register if you are interested.

June 3 at 12pm – Navigating the Library

Register for Navigating the Library

The library is more than just a physical space.  BU licenses hundreds of databases.  As a BU student you can request materials from any library in the country.  As a law student you can chat with a reference librarian from 9-5 all summer.  Learn about the various service the library offers and how to make the most of library resources.

June 3 at 3pm – International Legal Research

Register for International Legal Research

Finding international legal documents can be a challenge.  Find out the best resources and get an overview of some of the major intergovernmental organizations like the UN.  Need to find a treaty?  This session will cover that as well.

June 4 at 12pm – Finding Articles & Interdisciplinary Research

Register for Finding Articles & Interdisciplinary Research

There are many options for finding articles on legal topics, and even more if you are looking for articles on non-legal topics.  Learn about the various databases the library licenses and search strategies to make your searching more comprehensive.

June 5 at 12pm – Managing Your Research & Citations

Register for Managing Your Research & Citations

When you are gather sources from the web, the BU catalog, licensed databases you can store all your research on one platform and organize it.  These platforms also allow you to generate Blue Book citations automatically.  Learn about these platforms and how to use them.



The great website GPO Access, the home of official U.S. Government documents, has changed its format as well as it’s name.  It’s now called FDsys, but it still has the same great content.  Take a look at the current FDsys “Featured Collections.”

Now that’s what I call official!

The new link is spelled out below.