The Law Library has multiple resources available to assist you as you ease into your new surroundings here at BU Law School.
The Reference Librarians are at the Reference Desk (on level 2L) and can assist you with research questions and our fantastic Circulation staff will be happy to help orient you and assist with course reserves and with all other collection borrowing and location requests.
Our 1L Survival guide is located HERE.
Our American Law LLM survival guide is HERE.
Our Transfer student guide is HERE.
Our Banking LLM Survival Guide is HERE.
Good luck and Welcome to BUSL!
There will be training for Grad Tax Students tomorrow at 3pm in room 336. We will discuss tax law research using RIA Checkpoint, Intelliconnect, and Bloomberg BNA.
Need help finding your way around the library? Want to know about printing? Get the inside scoop on the library and how we can make your law school experience more productive. Tours start in Rm 335 of the Redstone Building.
Tuesday Sept. 2 @ 1pm & 4pm
Wednesday Sept. 3 @ 1pm & 4pm
Thursday Sept. 4 @ 1pm & 4pm
Monday Sept. 8 @ 1pm & 4pm
Tuesday Sept. 9 @ 1pm
Wednesday Sept. 10 @ 4pm
Following up last week’s post on current awareness tools to track specific legal issues, there are many more sources that you can use to discover or monitor a topic, or search for recent developments.
In addition to dozens of topical updating titles provided by Bloomberg/BNA, other premium tools include:
- Law 360, with a focus on business law topics
- IntelliConnect (CCH database includes Tracker newsletters, which can be customized for individual interests, for email delivery)
- Knowledge Mosaic (check out Weekly Regulatory Report and other news titles within KM’s focus areas)
- Setting up alerts for periodic searches to retrieve new results on Lexis Advance or Westlaw Next
- Justia newsletters: free opinion summaries on daily or weekly basis, by topic or court
- For SCOTUS news, sign up for The Supreme Court Bulletin, a free product of Cornell Law School’s Legal Information Institute (LII)
For more ideas about useful current awareness resources, see our guide to Finding News & Keeping Current as a Lawyer.
When in doubt …
(Image provided by LII.)
Since the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision in United States v. Windsor, no legal issue in the U.S. has been followed more closely than the question whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to get married.
There are many current awareness tools to monitor the topic. among them, consider these:
The same range of tools can be used to monitor or locate information on other subjects. Whatever you topic, give these tools a try!
Researching executive actions, orders or proclamations used to be a painstaking and at time tedious task…
Thankfully those times have come and gone with the availability of Proquest Congressional’s library entitled: “Proquest Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations 1789-2014.” This comprehensive collection includes all numbered and unnumbered orders. (Sidebar–>Did you know that the first numbered order began with Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation?)
This exhaustive collection also includes those orders issued in the President’s name by Secretaries of Federal departments, those issued at the request of the Presidents without specific statutory authority and directives, decisions and determinations other than those officially numbered.
Proquest Congressional’s Executive Branch Documents is also a treasure-trove and worth investigating when researching in this area. Find these resources on the A-Z list .
One of the best resources for finding government contacts or in-house counsel who have gone to BUSL is Leadership Directories. These directories allows you to sort by education, job function, location, organization type and a number of other categories. For a quick tutorial on using Leadership Libraries to find alumni watch this.
Is your name consistently mispronounced? Are you minorly dreading correcting multiple professors, classmates, and recruiters in the next eight weeks? Have you tried Mivoko? Mivoko is a new tool that allows you to record your name, properly pronounced. Then add the link they provide to your email signature, social media profiles, including LinkedIn, or a resume, business card, or cover letter.
Our very own Steven Alexandre da Costa was kind enough to try it out. Listen to him pronounce his name at https://www.mivoko.com/sadac. He said it was pretty easy, but cautions users that it does require making a phone call to Canada or the UK for the actual recording.
Now that you can pronounce his last name, don’t forget to stop by the Ref desk to say hi to him!
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:
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!