Friday, September 16, 2016

Happy Constitution Day and Citizenship Day!

In honor of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day today, the U.S. courts are streaming live video of civics lessons offered during naturalization ceremonies.  Sites will include Ellis Island and the Lincoln Memorial.  Coverage begins at 10:45 ET and can be viewed here.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Ravel Law - Free access available to law students

As a law student, you have free access to Ravel Law, a legal research tool.  Ravel has a unique data visualization feature to illustrate relationships among a series of case law cites - see the illustration here taken from Ravel's site.  Ravel uses analytics technology to display information and enhance retrieval.  Interested in applying for a clerkship - you can use the Judge Analytics feature to learn more about judges in your target areas. Sign up for a free law school account on the Ravel site.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Welcome Back!

Hello students!  Welcome (back) to campus!

It was wonderful to see all those new faces at 1L and LLM orientations last week.  Remember, if you have any questions about the library and the services we offer to students, take a look at the New Users' LibGuide, available from the Research Guides search tab on the Law Library homepage.

2Ls and 3Ls, we're excited you're back too!  Stop by the library to get a candy fix before class--we've got some next to the Information Desk.  Also, if you have any research related questions, please feel free to stop by and ask the reference librarians at any point in the semester.  We are happy to help!  Or send us an email at

And, ICYMI, check out this prior Legal Eagle blog post about West Academic Study Aids--the Library's new online access is pretty awesome and can definitely help you keep up with your classes over the course of the semester and prep for exams.

We're looking forward to working with all of you this semester!  Good luck!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Excellent Resource for Researching Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Relationship around the Globe

If you are interested in the legal issues surrounding same-sex relationship and marriage around the globe, the librarians at Jones Day have compiled an excellent resource for you to start the research. The Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Relationship database surveyed the relevant laws in each of the U.N. recognized countries and provided country-specific guide explaining whether same-sex couples are granted any form of legal recognition in the specific jurisdiction and answering other related questions.

The database is freely available to the public. You may explore it either by region or by country names, arranged in alphabetical order from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. The database is frequently updated. However, since the laws related to the legal recognition of same-sex relationship are complex and quickly evolving, it is always wise to check the date of last update at the lower left corner of each country-specific guide.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Bloomberg Law Debuts New Tax Research Platform

Bloomberg Law: Tax is a brand-new, stand-alone, comprehensive tax research platform designed by tax practitioners for practitioners.  It is remarkably easy to navigate and search.  A quick glance at the home page demonstrates how easy it is to browse for normally hard-to-find federal tax materials like revenue rulings, private letter rulings, notices and technical advice memoranda, U.S. Tax Court cases, and U.S. Court of Federal Claims cases.  In addition to primary sources, the platform features Fast Answers, the BNA Tax Management Portfolios, tax forms, sample transactional documents and many tax practice aids, tax treatises and tax journals.  The platform has tabs to switch from federal materials to state materials to international materials.

To access the new Bloomberg Law: Tax platform, go to and log in with your regular Bloomberg Law username and password.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

West Academic Study Aids: New Online Access for the Law School!

Hello students!  As summer is wrapping up, we in the library excitedly anticipate seeing campus buzzing again.  To help you get back in the swing of things, consider checking out the new access to West Academic Study Aids.  They are featured on the Law Library's List of Databases.

Whether you are a 1L, 2L, or 3L, you'll likely find some helpful resources for your classes--especially during the exam prep crunch.  Peruse through the list of study aids and you will find unlimited access to more than 400 titles, including the popular Acing series, Concise Hornbooks, Nutshells, Sum  & Substance, and many others.

Students will need to use BC Proxy access to get into the database.  So, if you are off campus, make sure to go through the library website and login with your BC credentials.  Get going today so you'll be ahead of the curve at the end of the semester.

See you all on campus soon!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Scopus: a new tool for "Law +" multidisciplinary research

Here at the BC Law Library this summer, the reference librarians have been working with many law faculty research assistants. These law students have been charged with researching multidisciplinary topics or as we call them,"Law +" topics, such as "law + economics" or "law + medicine." The new Scopus database, currently on trial for BC Libraries, has been very helpful in these research projects.  Access Scopus here; the trial extends to December 31, 2016.