Friday, April 17, 2015

Native American law resources available electronically

Drop by the Law Library to see the exhibit of Native American legal treatises donated to the Law Library by the Native American Law Students Association.  Native American legal resources are also available electronically in the four databases and portals described below:

National Indian Law Library (NILL) of the Native American Rights Fund:  This website publishes the Indian Law Bulletin, a current awareness service of new and emerging issues in Native American law in the three branches of the federal government, in state courts, and in legal scholarship.  In addition, it maintains the Tribal Law Gateway, an amazing portal to the constitutions, tribal codes and tribal court decisions of Native American tribes throughout the United States.  It also maintains helpful research guides to various topics in Native American law such as citizenship and border passage, sacred sites, water rights, and the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Lexis Advance: Felix Cohen’s Handbook of Federal Indian Law, which is widely regarded as the definitive treatise or “bible” of Native American law, is available electronically on Lexis Advance.  In addition, there is the database of Native American People’s Treaties, Ratified and Unratified, Board of Indian Appeals decisions, historical Native American Solicitor’s Opinions, and tribal cases and tribal codes for selective tribes.

Westlaw’s Native American Law Practice Area: Westlaw maintains a practice area with Native American treaties, federal cases, statutes and regulations concerning Native American law, the U.S. Department of Interior’s Board of Indian Appeals decisions, an enormous selection of tribal codes and tribal cases, and several Native American law treatises.

HeinOnline’s American Indian Law Collection:  This HeinOnline library contains books and treatises, tribal constitutions, tribal acts and by-laws, legislative histories, Title 25 of the United States Code, Title 25 of the Code of Federal Regulations, law journal and scholarly articles devoted to Native American law, as well as links to approximately 25 useful free websites.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Prepare for Summer: MA and NY Legal Research Workshops

Summer is quickly approaching and the BC Law Library wants to help you be prepared.  Tomorrow, Thursday, April 16th, we will be offering two fantastic workshops designed to prepare you for summer work, as well as research after law school.  One workshop will cover Massachusetts specific resources and the other, New York.

The Massachusetts Legal Resources Workshop will take place tomorrow, Thursday, April 16th, in Stuart Hall Rm. 315 from 12 to 12:45.

The New York Legal Resources Workshop will take place tomorrow, Thursday, April 16th, in Stuart Hall Rm. 411 from 12 to 12:45.

Please see a Reference Librarian if you have any questions.  We look forward to seeing you!

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Gift donation to BC Law Library from NALSA!

NALSA, the Native American Law Students Association here at BC Law, has made a wonderful donation to the BC Law Library.  Seeking to strengthen the Law Library's collection of Native American legal materials, NALSA members Julia Koch and Lauren Schaal identified  key research titles for future use by NALSA students.  Working with Law School administrators, NALSA purchased these core titles for addition to the Law Library's collection. Some sample titles include: Indigenous Peoples, Customary Law and Human Rights; Encyclopedia of United States Indian Policy and Law; Tribal Water Rights as well as related titles.  In addition, NALSA has mounted an exhibit to highlight these titles in the Library's entrance case; more gift titles are available for browsing on the display table opposite the Information Desk.  Please explore this exhibit and display and join us in thanking NALSA!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Treaty Documents on

Great news! Treaty documents are now on! Prior to March 2015, user were directed to THOMAS,'s predecessor, for treaty documents.

The treaty documents on includes all treaties submitted to the Senate since the 94th Congress (1975-1976). Treaties submitted prior to the 94th Congress are also included if they were still pending in 1975. has also enhanced features for treaty documents. The website now supports global search for treaty documents across different facets. The treaty detail page also presents more information for overview, which includes a list of Senate actions, and tabs for resolution of ratification, treaty document, amendments and additional fields.

Monday, March 23, 2015

New WestlawNext feature - Uploading!

Starting today Boston College Law faculty, staff, and students have access to a new upload feature in WestlawNext.  This means you can now upload important documents to your WestlawNext folders and share those documents with others!

You can now upload Word, WordPerfect, Text, Rich Text Format, and PDF files up to 20 MB (increasing to 40MB soon) into WestlawNext folders.  Documents in other formats, like Excel, may upload, but you will need to download those files to open them.

If you are interested in checking out a quick tutorial on how to upload materials, visit:  An email is being sent out to the BC Law community with directions as well.

Benefits of uploading documents to WestlawNext folders include: 

  • Hyperlinking: Not only will hyperlinks be inserted next to your citations, but KeyCite information will be attached to those documents containing a yellow or red flag:

  • Annotations: You will be able to highlight and/or add notes within your document:

  • Sharing: When you share a folder, users with whom you are sharing will be able to see your uploaded files.  NOTE: Users will not be able to see your notes – however that ability is coming in 2016!
If you have any questions about this new, exciting feature in WestlawNext, please contact a Legal Information Librarian!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

BC Law Diversity Read Book Discussion

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s discussion.  
It was great to discuss such a  timely subject with you.  If you couldn't join us, but are interested in reading Redeployment, copies are available in the Popular Reading Collection on the main floor of the library.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

PLI - Free training!

Practising Law Institute is a premier provider of continuing legal education.  Did you know that PLI regularly offers free web-based training?  Here's an example of an excellent program for law students enrolled in clinical programs or internships: 
Representing the Pro Bono Client: Effective Written Advocacy 2015.  Skills covered in the program include drafting a concise complaint, preparing a witness declaration, and writing an effective brief.  The webcast is scheduled for March 5 and registrants can download the program handbook 24 hours before the program to become familiar with the materials.

All BC Law students and faculty have access to the entire PLI DiscoverPlus Library through the BC Law Library's database subscription.  So, even if you miss this program, you will be able to access the program materials at a later date. The PLI platform includes PLI treatises, course handbooks and the popular "Answer Books" geared to new practitioners. You can register and create a free account to receive e-mail notices of upcoming PLI programs as well - don't miss any of these great free training programs!  Questions?  Drop by and chat with a legal information librarian.