Author Archives: Margaret Schilt

About Margaret Schilt

Margaret Schilt, Associate Law Librarian for User Services, has been with the D'Angelo Law Library since 2000.

Magazines in the Fulton Room: An Assessment

The D’Angelo Law Library subscribes to a number of periodicals for students to read that locate in the Fulton Room (at the west end of the 3rd floor). We are concerned that some of these periodicals have not found an audience. We want to be sure we are putting our efforts into titles that are valued and will be read.

Consequently, we are conducting an assessment activity. There is a clipboard in the Fulton Room. Please write on it the titles of magazines that you like having in the Fulton Room. Even one vote may save a title from cancellation! If there are magazines you’d like to see in the Fulton Room that are not there, we’d like to know that, too.

We are more confident about the newspapers than the magazines. You do not need to write in, e.g., the Wall Street Journal, or the Financial Times, to avoid their cancellation.

The ultimate goal of this effort is to have a smaller, but more active, collection of periodicals for your enjoyment. Help us achieve that goal! Thanks to those who have already written on the clipboard – we look forward to hearing from others.

Illinois laws new in 2016

237 new Illinois laws take effect on January 1, 2016. For a full list, see New Illinois Laws. Included are new restrictions on persons convicted of driving under the influence (PA 99-0296), an end to mandatory life sentences for minors (PA 99‐0069), and a provision making pumpkin pie the official state pie (PA 99‐0364).

D’Angelo Law Library Study Break

Coffee and cookies in the Reading Room this Saturday, December 12 from noon until 2:00 p.m., or whenever the coffee runs out.  Stop by the table in front of the Reference Desk and help yourself.

D’Angelo Law librarians at OCI

D’Angelo Law librarians would like to help make on-campus interviewing a little less stressful! If you have last minute reference or research questions about the firm you are interviewing with, we are there for you. Literally there – from 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon each day of OCI, there will be a D’Angelo Law librarian sitting outside the student lounge area in the Booth interviewing suite. We know that things come up, last minute changes in schedules happen, and you may have research questions but no time to come back to the Library. We hope this will be helpful to you. In the meantime, be sure to consult our guide on Researching Legal Employers for tools and suggestions. Good luck!

D’Angelo Law Library July 4th weekend hours

The D’Angelo Law Library will close at 2:00 PM on Thursday, July 2, 2015 and will remain closed July 3, 4, and 5 for the holiday weekend.  The Library will reopen Monday morning, July 6 for regular summer hours, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.  Happy Fourth of July!

More standing desks at D’Angelo

The one standing desk D’Angelo installed on the second floor a couple of months ago has received steady use.  So, in the interest of better health and more exercise for more students, we are acquiring three more. Two have arrived – they are installed near the original one, in the northwest corner of the second floor Reading Room. As soon as the other one comes, it will go there also. Happy studying!

We also have one more standing desk, a little smaller than the others, behind the Law Circulation Desk, that can be checked out for four hours and used anywhere in the Library, so long as it doesn’t leave the building and isn’t kept out overnight. Let us know what you think, both about the desks themselves and their placement.

University of Chicago Library Graduate and Professional School Survey

This is a reminder! Please fill out the University of Chicago Library Graduate and Professional School Survey. Emails with links to the survey were sent on February 4, 2015. D’Angelo Law Library is hoping to get some good feedback from the survey – results will be sortable by division and degree program. We are looking forward to hearing from you.  

Corporate and Securities Law Research, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 12:15 PM in Classroom A

Interested in learning how to research a business, a company or an industry?  We have tools to help! Join Reference Librarians Bill Schwesig and Margaret Schilt for a presentation on Corporate and Securities Law Research Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 12:15 – 1:15 PM in Classroom A.  Lunch will NOT be provided but feel free to bring your own.  Earn 10 Keystone points in the Legal Research category for attending this presentation.

D’Angelo Law Library’s new standing desk

Standing desks have been praised for increasing physical activity, burning more calories, and elevating energy levels – all great outcomes! The D’Angelo Law Library was persuaded and has installed a standing desk for student use in the northwest corner of the second floor Reading Room. Please try it out! We hope it will be used and if it is popular, we can endeavor to match demand with additional supply. Let us know what you think – at the Circulation or Reference Desks or through Ask-a-Law Librarian.

Halloween reading!

What Law Library would be complete without contemporary accounts of famous trials?  Certainly not the D’Angelo Law Library.  And, in the spirit of the season, here are some not-to-be-missed titles:

What happened in Salem? Documents pertaining to the seventeenth-century witchcraft trials. Young Goodman Brown [by] Nathaniel Hawthorne [and] A mirror for witches [by] Esther Forbes.

Author / Creator: Levin, David, 1924-Edition: 2d ed.

Imprint: New York, Harcourt, Brace [1960]

Subject: Trials (Witchcraft) — Massachusetts — Salem Salem (Mass.) 

URL for this record:

D’Angelo Law, Bookstacks, Call No. BF1575.L40 1960


Salem-village witchcraft; a documentary record of local conflict in colonial New England. Edited by Paul Boyer and Stephen Nissenbaum.

Author / Creator: Boyer, Paul S. , 416 p. illus. 23 cm.

Subjects:Witchcraft — Massachusetts — Salem. Trials (Witchcraft) — Massachusetts — Salem. Salem (Mass.) — History — Sources.

URL for this record:

D’Angelo South Annex, Request from Storage, Call No. KA653.B75 


Records of Salem witchcraft, copied from the original documents. [Compiled by W. Elliot Woodward]

New York : Da Capo Press, 1969. Description: 2 v. in 1. 24 cm.

Subject: Witchcraft — Massachusetts — Salem — History — Sources.

URL for this record:

D’Angelo South Annex, Request from Storage, Call No. KA653.Z9S24 


Or from the lips of the inestimable Reverend Cotton Mather himself:

The wonders of the invisible world being an account of the tryals of several vvitches, lately excuted [!] in New England : and of several remarkable curiosities therein occurring : together with, I. Observations upon the nature, the number, and the operations of the devils. II. A short narrative of a late outrage committed by a knot of witches in Swede-land, very much resembling, and so far explaining, that under which New-England has laboured. III. Some councels directing a due improvement of the terrible things lately done by the unusual and amazing range of evil-spirits in New-England. IV. A brief discourse upon those temptations which are the more ordinary devices of Satan / by Cotton Mather ; published by the special command of his excellency the govenour [!] of the province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New-England.

Author / Creator: Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728.

Imprint: Printed first, at Bostun [!] in New-England ; and reprinted at London : for John Dunton, 1693.

Description:2 p.l., [1]-98 (i.e. 106) p., 1 l. (sig. 2 l., not signed, A-K4, L-R2) ; 21 cm.

Subject: Witchcraft — New England.

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And one more compilation of contemporary accounts:

More wonders of the invisible world, or, The wonders of the invisible world displayed in five parts : to which is added a postscript relating to a book entitled, The life of Sir William Phips / collected by Robert Calef.

Author / Creator: Calef, Robert, 1648-1719.

Imprint: [Buffalo, NY] : William S. Hein & Co., [2009]

Series: HeinOnline world trials, World trials library.

Subjects:  Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. Pietas in patriam.  , Mather, Cotton, 1663-1728. Wonders of the invisible world. Parris, Samuel, 1653-1720. Phips, William, Sir, 1651-1695. Rule, Margaret. Witchcraft — New England — Cases.

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Happy Halloween!