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Aug 08 2014

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Lexis Advance is getting a new look for the new year.

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Lexis Nexis has announced that sometime in the very near future Lexis Advance will have a completely NEW look and some enhanced features as well.

Among the new features and enhancements are the following:

increased speed,

a cleaner and simplified look,

fewer clicks and more intuitive navigation and

the removal of tabs.

For a preview of the new look, go to the following link:

New Lexis Advance Look!

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Aug 06 2014

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A New Look for (WTLN) has been a go-to source for international trade documents and information for many years. Recently the interface was upgraded, providing a new look and clarifying the distinction between free content (available from, e.g., the WTO Dispute Settlement site) and WTLN’s value-added material.


WTLN’s strengths include its coverage of the WTO dispute settlement process. Along with the decisions by WTO Panels and the Appellate Body, WTLN provides its own Dispute Settlement Commentaries (DSCs), which provide an overview and summary of each decision. WTLN also provides DSCs for other decisions, including WTO arbitrations and NAFTA cases.

WTLN provides finding tools to locate both DSCs and the underlying documents. In the new interface, a PDF image of the selected document appears, embedded in the window; navigation tools include a zoom feature. WTLN also provides statistical tables and topical pages that pull together documents and decisions on major trade issues (e.g., anti-dumping).

WTLN links out to much free content, including WTO and GATT documents, and various free and subscription news sources, which help to make it a comprehensive tool for international trade researchers.

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Jul 30 2014

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Good Luck on the Bar!

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We are thinking of you and wish you the best of luck on the Bar.

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Jun 05 2014

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Global Arbitration Review… the “GAR” is here.

In addition to the new Oxford Legal Research Library mentioned earlier this week, the Library has just also added the Global Arbitration Review to its offerings covering international arbitration.

The GAR is a respected current awareness and news tool that provides daily updates if you subscribe using your BU e-mail address.  It also compiles an annual “GAR 100″ and “GAR 30″ report that ranks top international arbitration firms based on their proprietary formula.

This is a screen shot of the sign-in page highlighting the multiple types of information available to researchers:

GAR 2One important subscription limitation to note is the fact that our subscription only allows for viewing and downloading of current materials. Archived items may only be viewed and may not be saved or downloaded.


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May 30 2014

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New International Commercial Law resources just added.

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The Oxford Legal History Library has just been added to the Library’s extensive electronic database collection. This addition augments our selections covering the dynamic area of International Commercial law and International Commercial Arbitration. As a highly respected publisher in legal materials, this Oxford material will provide access to relevant and timely authoritative commentary and insights into this important area of legal scholarship. View these new libraries HERE.

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May 06 2014

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Summer RA Orientation

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Libri_books2Summer RA orientation will be on May 20th, 2014 at 11am in Barristers Hall.  The orientation will be available to view remotely.  At the orientation we will tell you about the services available to you through the library.  We will also feed you pizza.  So come, meet the librarians, eat and mingle.  Whether or not you can come to the orientation if you are working for a professor this summer please register here.

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May 01 2014

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Law Day – Celebrating the Rule of Law

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We all know that laws can be odd or wacky, but most of us take the rule of law for granted.  Law Day celebrates the rule of law and its contributions to creating a free society.  Law Day began in 1957 with then American Bar Association (ABA) President Charles S. Rhyne.  It was eventually proclaimed by President Eisenhower.  Library of Congress has a nice research guide for the legal background of Law Day.

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Apr 24 2014

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Spring Finals: Your Guide to Library Services

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Exam Services

On the road to final exams, let library services help you out. Need to fuel up with additional prep materials? The library has old exams available for practice and review here. Forgot to pick up a study aid at the beginning of the semester? We have hornbooks, Nutshells, Black Letter Outlines, Examples and Explanations, flashcards, and more. Want more direction? Check out one of our books on preparing for and writing exams.

Know before you go: our complete guide to exam prep is available at 

Want more? Stop by the reference desk to ask us about Bluebooking, our favorite study aids, or help researching your seminar paper.

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Apr 18 2014

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Summer access to Library materials and databases

As a continuing student your access to the Law Library’s materials will continue as it does today. Summer access to WestlawNext—-note that Westlaw Classic access for academic accounts ends June 30th— is available subject to the  restrictions highlighted HERE.   Summer access to both Lexis Advance and Bloomberg Law will continue as you use it today.

Graduating students take note:

  • Lexis Advance offers ongoing unlimited access to  until August 31st. You may additionally extend your access through their Graduate ID program by signing up HERE. This program will allow you unlimited use through December 31, 2014.
  • Westlaw Next will allow graduating students 60 hours of use per month beginning in June through November 2014 IF you sign-up for their password extension program HERE. If you do not extend your password, your access will end May31, 2014.
  • Bloomberg Law allows for ongoing unlimited access through December 31, 2014 for graduates. No action is required on your part.

For full details, visit the Library’s access for graduates page or contact a Reference Librarian.

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Apr 14 2014

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Celebrate National Library Week: Post a Shelfie of Your Favorite Study Aid

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What is your favorite Study Aid: a Nutshell, a CALI lesson, a outline, your favorite reference librarian, an extra large latte from Pavement, your dog? Celebrate with us.  Send your study aid Shelfie to and we’ll post it on our Facebook page.

What is a Shelfie? A picture or portrait of your bookshelf. We are extending that to include your study aid, wherever it may reside.  Google recently did an April fools post about Shelfies which they were calling a “the SHareable sELFIE.”.  But in the world of libraries and book lovers the shelfie is about what your bookshelf reveals about you.  And we want to know what your favorite study aid says about you.


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