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May 08 2015

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The Library of Congress’ Nations Page

Looking for the laws of another country?  The Law Library of Congress has created a Nations webpage, which allows you to search for executive, judicial, and legislative resources by country.  These resources are pulled from other online databases and websites.  For example, below, please find the entry for Morocco, which includes information from sources such as Amnesty International and the U.S. Department of State.  (Click on the image to make it larger.)

Library of Congress Nations

This webpage is maintained by the Law Library of Congress, which also allows you to search for legal commentary by topic.  For more information on this subject, check out our LibGuides on Foreign Law and International Law.

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Apr 25 2015

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Massachusetts Public Notices

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Looking for community information or a notice of a foreclosure or government contract?  You may want to try searching for public notices, which are typically published in local newspapers.  To locate recently published Massachusetts public notices online, check out  This site is free to use, and allows you to refine your search to a specific date range, category, keyword or newspaper.

Massachusetts Public Notices

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Apr 10 2015

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The Massachusetts Governor’s Website

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The content included on free legal resources sometimes has a tendency to change.  This is the case, for example, on the Massachusetts Governor’s website.  Every time Massachusetts elects a new Governor, the Governor’s website shifts to accommodate the new administration.  Governor Baker has been revising his website, and it now contains a variety of useful information.  For instance, under the “Press Office” tab, you can download the Governor’s press releases, speeches, and daily public schedule.  The website also includes links, as well as brief summaries, of the Governor’s executive orders and the pieces of legislation that he has filed.  Finally, to help you keep abreast of current events, the website also includes a News & Updates section as well as a list of the Governor’s tweets.  This website may be accessed at:

Governor Baker's Website

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Mar 27 2015

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200 Years of Free Legal Information in Massachusetts

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Yesterday, the Massachusetts Trial Court Law Libraries hosted a reception to celebrate 200 years of free legal information in the Commonwealth.  In conjunction with this event, they created a book that traces their history.  If you are interested in checking this book out, it may be found online at:

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Mar 20 2015

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Locating Legal Articles Online

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Looking for an article?  Consider checking out the Law Journal Library on HeinOnline.  This collection includes American Bar Association journals, U.S. law journals, and international law journals.  To access it, either click on the HeinOnline link in the Quick Links box on the Fineman and Pappas Law Libraries’ homepage or find it on the Libraries’ eResources A-Z List.

HeinOnline Articles

You may also want to try using the American Bar Association’s Legal Technology Resource Center (LTRC).  As noted on its website, this “free search engine searches the free full-text of over 400 online law reviews and law journals, as well as document repositories hosting academic papers and related publications such as Congressional Research Service reports.”  It also provides links to a variety of law journal websites.  To search LTRC, type a title, author name, or subject (such as environmental law or family law) into the search box.

LRTC Articles

Finally, Google Scholar  and the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) are two additional free tools that may also help you find what you are looking for.

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Mar 14 2015

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Zimmerman’s Research Guide

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If you are researching an area of law that you are unfamiliar with, you may want to consider checking out Zimmerman’s Research Guide, a free online resource that is hosted by LexisNexis. This Guide is organized by topic, which range from broad areas of the law to entries on a particular state or country. Within each entry, you can find a description of the topic as well as links to books, databases, and websites. Entries also include a “See also” section, which highlights other topics that may be related to your search.  For example, the “See also” section of the Zoning guide directs viewers to Local Laws and Real Estate.  Zimmerman’s Research Guide may be found at:

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Mar 05 2015

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A Few Books for Spring Break Reading

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Inspired by the blog at Mugar Library, here are a few books you might consider for reading for pleasure, diversion, inspiration–whether you’re heading for warmer climes or hanging out in Boston while the snow (hopefully) melts.

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Recently described by Jan Morris as “that strange and touching masterpiece,” John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany is a novel about a lifelong friendship between two New Englanders, Irving’s narrator and the unforgettably odd title character. Like his other work, this book explores big themes: friendship and faith, tragedy and redemption and destiny. It is a compelling read, and it may be Irving’s best.

Millions of readers know Cheryl Strayed through her gritty and best-selling memoir Wild, and the movie based on her story. If you’re looking for your next (or your first) dose of Strayed, you might find her Dear Sugar advice columns–drawn from those published at The Rumpus–even better. To find out, pick up a copy of Tiny Beautiful Things.

Exploring spiritual and psychological themes in accessible language, David Whyte’s work can move readers who don’t often reach for a book of poems. Some of his poems (such as Everything Is Waiting For You) have become known through his workshops or YouTube readings. He has also published several volumes of verse. The House of Belonging is a good place to start.

And for fans of history that entertains as it illuminates, On Dupont Circle might be a good choice. James Srodes’ latest book is a gossipy history that spans the first half of the 20th Century. It weaves together stories of a group of women and men who knew each other through Washington social circles early in the century and became major figures in shaping the world we know. Among them are Presidents Herbert Hoover and Franklin Roosevelt and such supporting players as Walter Lippmann and Felix Frankfurter, the Dulles family (brothers Allen and John Foster, and sister Eleanor), Willam C. Bullitt and Sumner Welles. If you’ve ever wondered, Whose idea was the United Nations?, this may be the book for you.

If you’ve been waiting for the opportunity to read for pleasure, one of these may appeal to you. Or just pick up whatever book does, during these days of Spring break, and read.

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Jan 12 2015

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Featured Resource: SCOTUSBlog

Readers of this blog have seen frequent references to SCOTUSblog, one of the gems in the legal blogosphere.

There are many reasons to follow SCOTUSblog. To start, it is an indispensable research tool for those monitoring cases before the Supreme Court–a free source for news about filings, rulings on certiorari petitions, oral arguments, new opinions and more. Coverage and analysis by veteran Supreme Court reporter Lyle Denniston provides a level of coverage of the Court that is available nowhere else (see, e.g., Denniston’s coverage of the array of cases addressing the law related to same-sex marriage). And the Merits Cases section of the site provides detailed coverage on each case the Court has decided to hear on the merits, including docket information, news stories and links to all the briefs filed in the case.




Other features include commentary and debates on various topics (such as Originalism and the Supreme Court); statistical analysis of Court business; and SCOTUSBlog on Camera, featuring interviews with Justices, scholars and journalists (e.g., Justice Scalia, Dahlia Lithwick, Randy Barnett).

There are various ways to track SCOTUSBlog, including use of a RSS Reader to receive new posts, or following the Twitter feed and using links to retrieve stories. If you haven’t already done so, check it out.

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Nov 05 2014

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Sports Law

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Tomorrow, November 6th, at 1:00 PM there will be a presentation on Turbulence in College Sports: The O’Bannon Case, NCAA Governance Changes, and Other Recent Developments.  If you are interested in sports law, the Fineman and Pappas Law Libraries have some great resources that you might want to explore.  For more information on these resources, just click on the title and a link to the catalog will open.


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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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