May 21 2015

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Westlaw Has a New KeyCite Flag

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westlaw blue and white flagWestlaw now has a new KeyCite indicator, a blue and white flag that will alert users that a case has been appealed to either the U.S. Court of Appeals or the U.S. Supreme Court.  While this flag will be present on cases that have been appealed from state supreme courts, it will not appear if a case has been appealed from an agency.  As the flag merely serves as a warning that change could be on the way, it is considered to be a neutral flag.  For more information on this and other search tips, check out Westlaw’s Tip of the Week blog and Westlaw’s guide to Viewing KeyCite Information for a Case.


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May 15 2015

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Congratulations Class of 2015

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Congratulations.  We are excited to see you get out there and start lawyering.  The library is always here should you be in Boston, and alumni are welcome to come in to use all the materials and most of the databases.  Westlaw, Lexis and Bloomberg Law are databases that you can’t get through the library, but you will have access to them until December (with the exception of Westlaw).  BU does have campus-wide access to Lexis Academic which includes a lot of the legal content found on Lexis Advance.  You just need to get an alumni card to use the materials.  Bar study space is available in Redstone and Mugar has reserved Room 424  for law students only.  Pappas is also available most of the summer, but there may be some noise.  So good luck on the bar and stop in to say good-bye before you go.

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May 15 2015

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IP Watch

Curious about intellectual property law?  You may want to check out IP Watch, a non-profit news service that focuses on stories from around the world.  This database is easily accessible through the Fineman & Pappas Law Libraries’ eResources A-Z list, and is searchable in a variety of ways.  For instance, you can browse through a list of the most recent stories on the database’s main page, or focus on a topical category, such as copyrights, patents, or trademarks.  If you are interested in a particular issue, you can also search the website using its search bar.  Finally, IP Watch also enables you to search by geographical region.

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In you are interested in accessing content in a different format, IP Watch offers an email subscription service, Facebook posts, a LinkedIn account, and a Twitter account to help keep you informed.  IP Watch’s content is available in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese.

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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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May 03 2015

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Summer Student Newsletter is here!

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As we say farewell to our graduating 3L’s and LLM students we would like to take this opportunity to provide some crucial information about ongoing access to databases and library materials.(Spoiler alert: You MAY have to take some action to maintain access if you are graduating and your Summer access MAY likewise be limited for Westlaw depending on the type of work you are undertaking this Summer.) Click on the Newsletter below to get all the details and see past issues as well.


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Apr 29 2015

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As you may know, is the official website for official U.S. legislative information and documents such as bills, committee hearing transcripts and committee reports. It took over that roll from THOMAS, the original Congressional website, in 2012.

For most of the period since the transition, however, THOMAS continued to be the better source for information about treaties: Senate consideration and action on treaties submitted by the President. For example, see the information provided by THOMAS on the Senate’s consideration of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities below.




This Spring, began providing detailed information about treaties back to 1975. See the display of information on the disabilities convention in below.




Unlike the display in THOMAS, provides links to several relevant documents, including the Treaty document itself, 112-7, and the accompanying Senate reports, in HTML text or PDF.

Using can be an adjustment. Fortunately, the site provide extensive Help screens, including Search tips.


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Apr 28 2015

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The Marriage Arguments at SCOTUS Today

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Due to the extraordinary public interest in the oral arguments held today at the U.S. Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges and the other same-sex marriage cases, the Court has made the audio recording of the argument available on the same day: HERE.

The transcript of the oral argument will be made available later today on the same page.

Extensive coverage of the cases and the arguments has been provided by The New York Times, SCOTUSblog and many other news outlets.

UPDATE: The Court posted the audio file and transcript on the second question in Obergefell here.

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Apr 28 2015

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Summer Access to Lexis Advance, WestlawNext and Bloomberg Law

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For Continuing Students you have summer access to Lexis Advance and Bloomberg Law with no interruption.  You may use these two services for any purpose you want regardless of where you are working.  WestlawNext allows you 40 hours/month for June and July.  However, if you are working at a law firm you may not use these 40 hours there.  Once you hit that limit you must register for more, but only for an approved educational purpose which includes journal work, research assistant work and other law school related purposes.

For Graduating Students you will have unlimited access to Bloomberg Law for six months after graduation.  If you don’t have a password you can register for one here. You can register to extend your Lexis Advance password with their Law School Graduation Program which provides free access through the end of December 2015.    If you are doing public interest work you can apply for access beyond December 2015 through the ASPIRE program.  WestlawNext allows you to extend you password for bar preparation which gives you 60 hours/month through the end of November.

If you have any questions please contact our representatives: Lexis Advance Reeves Gillis, Bloomberg Law Eric Malinowski and WestlawNext representative Mark Frongillo.

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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.

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Apr 22 2015

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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.

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