Mar 15 2015

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Certification Make-up Class: Court Documents

The make-up class on Court Documents research is scheduled for Monday, March 16, 1 p.m. (Room 335).

Slots are still available. If you haven’t registered, you can do so at:  http://lawlibraryguides.bu.edu/certification/register

Class page: http://lawlibraryguides.bu.edu/cert2015_Court-documents

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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: http://law.lexisnexis.com/infopro/zimmermans/.

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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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Mar 04 2015

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Biographies of the Justices

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Like most law school libraries, the Fineman & Pappas Law Libraries collect books about Supreme Court Justices, including biographies and analyses of their jurisprudence. New titles about the members of the Rehnquist and Roberts Courts continue to arrive, such as Bruce Allen Murphy’s Scalia: A Court of One and Ralph Rossum’s Understanding Clarence Thomas.

It’s easy to discover other titles using the BU Libraries search engine. One approach is to start with a known title and use the record for that book to locate others. For example, starting with the record for the Murphy book on Scalia, the “More Information” tab provides the Library of Congress subject headings assigned to that book. By clicking on one of those headings (e.g., “United States. Supreme Court — Biography”), the user can retrieve a list of items that have been assigned the same subject heading. That is well over 100 books.

For a more refined list, the Advanced Search feature allows the user, for example, to retrieve just records for books published in the last 10 years. The resulting search retrieves 33 titles. (Click image below to enlarge.)

 

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Another approach is to use a basic keyword search. Limited to books from the last 10 years, the keywords “supreme court biography” retrieved 101 titles.

 

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See the Help menu here for guidance on searching for books, for articles, or for “everything” within the scope of a BU Libraries search. For other tips on research strategy, ask a reference librarian.

 

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Mar 03 2015

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Finding the Best Way Certification Class

Is tomorrow! at 9 and 1 in room 335.

Thursday! at 1 in room 335.

Friday! at noon in room 335.

See you there!

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Mar 02 2015

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Tax Law Research

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If you are a practicing tax attorney you are not going to use WestlawNext or Lexis Advance.  There are specialized tax products that offer much more in depth access to tax materials.  RIA Checkpoint is the online favorite among users because of its easy to use interface.  You can search it by code section or by topic as well as using an index.  The Standard Federal Tax Reporter has the better editorial content and you can find all the content on one code section (regulations, agency publications and adjudications, and editorial content) all in one place.  Like RIA Checkpoint you can find documents by citation.  The SFTR can be found on the Intelliconnect platform.  Both of these were heavily used print looseleafs before they made their transition to an online platform.  BNA offers the wonderfully helpful Tax Management Portfolios which are organized by topic and code section. and has added to them by offering all primary source materials on the BNA Tax & Accounting Center.

Prepare for tax practice by getting to know these three heavily used resources: Intelliconnect, RIA Checkpoint and BNA Tax & Accounting Resource Center.

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Mar 02 2015

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Power Searching

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Search engines now do our thinking for us.  But there are ways to make those search engines to what you want.  Not getting the results that you need?  Find out how you can control your search results in the Power Searching class:

Monday, March 2, 1-2 PM

Tuesday, March 3, 9-10 AM & 1-2 PM

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Feb 27 2015

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New Certification Classes Added

Additional sections of the certification classes will be held in March.

New Certification Classes

To register for these classes, please go to http://lawlibraryguides.bu.edu/certification/register and click on the class that you are interested in.

 

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Feb 27 2015

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UN Human Rights Case Law Database

The United Nations has created a searchable database of case law generated by the treaty bodies, or panels of experts, that enforce the major human rights conventions within the scope of the United Nations Human Rights apparatus.

As noted in this post in the Canadian law blog Slaw, this Jurisprudence database was created using data compiled at the Utrecht University School of Law. Unlike the database of documents generated during periodic reporting cycles, where the Treaty Bodies monitor state party compliance with their obligations under the conventions, the Jurisprudence database concerns individual cases initiated by an “information” submitted by an individual or state party complaining of conduct by a state party that violates the convention.

For example, a search for jurisprudence involving complaints against Canada under the Convention Against Torture (CAT) could be run by searching for the keyword “torture” and then use filters to identify cases involving Canada from the list of state parties and CAT from the list of human rights conventions. Of the 21 results, the researcher  can select a document, and then designate the language (English, French, Spanish, Russian) and document format (Word, PDF, etc.).

 

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This provides one more convenient tool for researchers and complainants to discover documents that can illustrate how these conventions are interpreted and applied to individual cases.

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Feb 24 2015

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Case Law Research in Print Certification Class

Offered 3 times!

Tomorrow at 9am.

Thursday at 9am and 1pm.

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