In observance of the Labor Day holiday, all campus libraries will be closed on Monday, September 7.
For a full list of library hours, see hours.lib.uchicago.edu.
Professor Tom Ginsburg’s collaborative research tool, Constitute: “The World’s Constitutions to Read, Search, and Compare,” has been named one of the Best Free Reference Websites of 2015! Winning sites are selected by the American Library Association Reference and User Services Association Emerging Technologies Section. Criteria for selection include quality, depth, usefulness, currency, and uniqueness of content, authoritativeness, efficiency, ease of access and use.
The Machine-Assisted Reference Services (MARS) Best Free Reference Websites Committee, in its annotations to the list of 2015 winners, describes Constitute as follows:
[T]his site provides constitutions in force as of September 2013 from most of the world’s independent states. Constitutions are updated as they are amended. A user can browse using an alphabetical list, read in html, download in pdf, search by keyword or phrase, see where specific topics occur in each constitution, and select two to eight constitutions to compare side-by-side on a particular topic. The site has a clean, uncluttered design, with date of the constitution in effect and date of last amendment shown next to each country’s name. It is appropriate for students, scholars, and anyone interested in this topic. Constitute is an outstanding source for learning about and comparing the constitutions of most countries of the world.
Note that Constitute is a result of partnerships of the Comparative Constitutions Project with Google, Google Ideas, International IDEA, and many others. Constitute has not only an English interface (194 countries), but also an Arabic interface (54 independent states). Find out more about the project here.
We have a month-long trial (Aug 13-Sep 13, 2015) to a new online resource comprising the International Law Reports (ILR) and the International Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) Reports – the Cambridge Law Reports. The ILR has decisions of the International Court of Justice, other international tribunals, and decisions in national courts related to international law. We also have e-access to the ILR via Justis’ International Law Reports. And we have the ICSID Reports in print. Let us know what you think of the CLR versus Justis International Law Reports online. To access the trial please go to the following URL: http://ebooks.cambridge.org/clr/
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!
Lorna Tang retired from the D’Angelo Law Library on June 30, 2015, after 38 years as a law librarian. She began her law library career at the D’Angelo Law Library (then called the University of Chicago Law Library) in 1977 as a law cataloger and has been an outstanding technical services librarian ever since. In 1980 she became the Cataloging Supervisor and in 1984 became the Associate Law Librarian for Technical Services.
In this position, she guided the department through two major renovations of the library building, each time reorganizing work spaces and revising workflows, and three Integrated Library Systems use and migration. Two of these ILSs were development partnerships between the vendors and the University of Chicago Library, and therefore Lorna participated in the design of the system as well.
She was an outstanding representative of the D’Angelo Law Library with colleagues in the university library system and has ensured that the unique requirements of legal materials are accommodated in their ILS platforms.
Lorna has been a member of CALL since 1977 and quickly began her service to CALL and to Chicago area librarians by becoming a member of the CALL Foreign Law Holdings Committee from 1978-1980. Over the years, Lorna has had a long history of service to CALL including membership on other CALL committees, such as the Membership/Directory Committee which she has served on twice, and chaired from 1982-1983; the Placement & Recruitment Committee (twice); and the CALL Meetings Committee (also twice).
(Republished from the CALL Bulletin)
Read more at:
The D’Angelo Law Library has arranged a two-week free trial of Current Law Journal (CLJ) which ends July 20, 2015. The CLJ database includes Malaysian cases, articles, practice notes, legislative forms, precedents, sample agreements, and legislation. There is also a Shariah law reports component. Find out more at www.cljlaw.com and www.shariahlaw.com.
If you have a current University of Chicago ID and are interested in trying out the database, contact Lyonette Louis-Jacques, Foreign and International Law Librarian, at email@example.com for login information.
The D’Angelo Law Library recently added to its collection of useful databases for researching international commercial arbitration. Check out ArbitrationLaw (Juris). This database includes arbitration law journal articles, ebooks, treatises, handbooks, yearbooks, and practice guides. It has reports of arbitral awards and court decisions, arbitration rules, laws, and treaties.
You can access the full text online to the World Arbitration Reporter, the Encyclopedia of International Arbitration Law and Practice, titles in the ASA (Swiss Arbitration Association) and IAI (International Arbitration Institute) book series, and AAA/ICDR (American Arbitration Association/International Center for Dispute Resolution) handbooks and yearbooks. The ArbitrationLaw database is particularly useful for researching arbitration law practice and procedure in Asia and Central and Eastern Europe. It specifically has commentary on arbitration practice in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Korea, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, and Turkey.
ArbitrationLaw also contains the following journals: The American Review of International Arbitration (ARIA) 1990- ; Dispute Resolution Journal (DRJ) 1965- ; European International Arbitration Review (EIAR); Journal of American Arbitration (JAA); Journal of Damages in International Arbitration (JDIA); Journal of Technology in International Arbitration; Stockholm Arbitration Report (SAR) 1999-2003; Stockholm International Arbitration Review (SIAR) 2004-2009; World Arbitration and Mediation Review (WAMR) 1990- .
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!
We are happy to announce that the Library now has access to ProQuest Legislative Insight, a research tool for federal legislative history research. It brings together various legislative history documents for federal laws passed since 1929, including the public law, all bill versions, floor debate from the Congressional Record, committee reports, committee hearings, presidential signing statements, CRS reports, and other miscellaneous congressional publications. All documents are full-text, searchable PDFs. In addition to searching by keyword and popular name, users can search Legislative Insight by Public Law Number, Statutes at Large citation, or enacted bill number.
Once you select the appropriate law, you can keyword search within the full text of all the related documents to find specific words or phrases. Search results can be displayed by publication type or by date. Legislative Insight also includes the Legislative Process outline, which allows you to choose only those documents created during a given phase of the legislative process.
Beginning June 16, 2015, the D’Angelo Law Library will be on our summer schedule. The Circulation Desk and Reserve Room will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and the Reference Desk will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Law Library will be closed Saturdays and Sundays during the summer. We will resume regular hours in September before the start of Autumn Quarter.
The D’Angelo Law Library provides a variety of resources to help students prepare for exams.
Past exams: Perhaps most importantly, the Library provides copies of past exams given at the Law School, in addition to model student answers and memos written by the professors where available. The exams are organized by course and faculty member. Everything we have been given permission to post is available on the Library website.
Study Supplements: Another helpful resource for preparing student outlines and studying for exams are the many study supplements, including the popular Examples & Explanations and Understanding series, that are available in the Reserve Room. Our Hornbooks & Study Supplements page provides lists of the available study supplements by course name.
CALI Lessons: If you prefer something online or more interactive, CALI lessons might be the resource for you. The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) provides UofC law students with access to nearly 1,000 internet-based lessons on different legal topics. Lessons range from core 1L courses (92 lessons on property, for example) to many different upper level courses. CALI lessons are often interactive and feature questions to test your knowledge as you go through them. If you have not already registered an account with CALI, you can Ask a Law Librarian to get the authorization code for the Law School.
Student Outlines: Student outlines for various courses taught at the Law School are made available by the UChicago Law Students Association (LSA) in an online outline bank on the LSA’s website. You will need to enter a password to access. If you do not have the password, Ask a Law Librarian. The Black Law Students Association (BLSA) also makes student outlines available on TWEN (requires Westlaw login and the password blsaoutlines). Older (pre-2010) outlines are available on the BLSA website. You will need to enter this information to access (username: blsaoutlines; password: student).
Study Rooms: If you want to meet with a study group, the D’Angelo Law Library has seven study rooms that can be reserved online: two study rooms on each of the 4th, 5th and 6th floors, and one study room on the second floor. Law students may reserve use of a study room using the Law School’s room reservation system. For further assistance, see How to Reserve a Law Library Study Room.
Quiet Study Space: Quieter study spaces are available on the upper floors of the Law Library. Law School students are also able to study in any of the other libraries on campus.
Lockers: Please remember to secure your belongings when you take breaks. You can check out a locker key from the Circulation Desk. Library lockers are located in the northeast corner of the second and third floors. Two types of lockers are available: laptop lockers, which are smaller and each equipped with an electrical outlet, and bookbag lockers, which are large enough to accommodate a bookbag and/or coat.
Good luck with exams!
Access to the D’Angelo Law Library for non-law students will be limited from Wednesday, May 20 through Friday, June 5 during the Law School reading and exam periods. During this period, the library will continue to be accessible to any member of the University community who needs access to legal materials or who would like to work with one of our reference librarians. In addition, all non-law students who are taking Law School classes will have access to the library.
Consult the D’Angelo Law Library webpage on access for additional information.
On Monday, May 25, the D’Angelo Law Library will be open from 10 am – 6 pm. This includes the Reserve Room and the Circulation Desk. The Reference Desk will be closed.
Crerar, Mansueto, and Regenstein libraries will be open during their regular building hours. The All-Night Study Space on the 1st Floor of Regenstein will also remain open.
Eckhart and SSA libraries will be closed for the Memorial Day holiday.
Please read below for details on accessing Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law over the summer.
Rising 2Ls and 3Ls: At the end of June, academic passwords for returning students will default to 40 hours for the month of July, even if a student does nothing to extend.
Westlaw does allow returning students to extend their current, unlimited access in specific instances, which you can do by going to http://lawschool.westlaw.com/registration/SummerExtension.aspx. Allowable usages for extending include:
Graduating 3Ls: Graduating students will have full access to WestlawNext through June 30, 2015. Graduating students can also continue to use WestlawNext through the Graduate Elite program. Graduating students should have received an email regarding this program and can locate information about the Graduate Elite program on the lawschool.westlaw.com homepage, or at https://lawschool.westlaw.com/registration/gradelite.aspx.
After completing a short survey, they receive:
For help or more information, contact the Law School’s Westlaw Account Manager Dennis Elverman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rising 2Ls and 3Ls: Returning students will have full access to Lexis Advance during the summer without special registration.
Graduating 3Ls: Graduates have full Lexis Advance access through July 31, 2015. For help or more information, contact our LexisNexis Account Executive, Carter Mills at email@example.com.
Rising 2Ls and 3Ls: Bloomberg Law provides unlimited and unrestricted access over the summer. There is no need to register, as your student account will remain active and available all summer.
Graduating 3Ls: Students graduating this spring have unlimited and unrestricted access to Bloomberg Law for six months after graduation.
For help or more information, contact our Bloomberg Law Relationship Manager, Haley Harris at hHarris@bna.com.
You are collecting it, but are you managing it? If you were asked to provide data from research done last year, would you be able to find it? What about two years ago? Join us for the Data Data Everywhere: Introduction to Data Management workshop on Wednesday, May 13, from 4-5 pm in the Kathleen A. Zar Room in Crerar Library, where you will learn more about the basics of data management for your research. We will discuss best practices for file naming and structure, metadata, storage and back ups, as well as provide an overview of funding agency requirements. Register online now.
If you are interested in art law research, the D’Angelo Law Library now provides e-access to the International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR)’s Art Law & Cultural Property databases. IFAR describes them as follows:
This section contains legislation governing the export and ownership of cultural property from dozens of countries. The legislation is presented in both summary form and as complete text; the latter in the original language and in translation. Selected historical legislation is also included, as, while superseded or amended, it can be useful for researchers looking for statutes applicable at the time of the acquisition, export or import of an art object. Links connect foreign legislation to relevant U.S. case law. There are also links to relevant international conventions and bilateral agreements.
This section contains an extensive body of primarily U.S. case law, including both litigated cases and, notably, hard-to-find, out-of-court settlements. The material is organized under eight topics: World War II-Era/Holocaust Related Art Loss; Cultural Property (Antiquities) Disputes Over Non-United States Property; United States Cultural Property; Art Theft (other than World War II and cultural property looting); Other Ownership Title Disputes/Claims Including Conversion and Breach of Contract; Art Fraud, Attribution, Authenticity, Forgery, Libel, and Defamatory Statements; Valuation/Appraisal; and Copyright, Moral Rights and Other Issues.
Under each topic, relevant cases are summarized (where possible, with images of the art objects in question). There are also links to relevant U.S. statutes, foreign legislation and a glossary.
The Library has a trial of law.com, a legal news service. Law.com features news on Class Actions, Product Liability, Corporate and Securities, Appellate Practice, Intellectual Property, and Labor & Employment law, plus all the news from the American Lawyer, the National Law Journal, the New York Law Journal, the Recorder, and other legal newspapers and magazines from American Lawyer Media.
The trial lasts until May 16, 2015. The free Law.com app for iPhone and iPad lets you save stories to read offline, and set up and manage news alerts.
Crerar Library is offering a workshop series on issues related to managing research such as copyright, data management, document organization and collaboration tools. More information about each workshop and registration links are below. All workshops are opened to faculty, students and staff.
Your Copyrights: Understanding author rights in scholarly publishing
Crerar Library: Kathleen A. Zar Room, April 17th, 12-1pm
The world of scholarly publishing is changing and copyright issues are often at the center of it. You may be hearing some terms that are new and wonder how they affect you. Join us for a session to learn more about open access, Creative Commons, copyright transfer agreements, public deposit, and how your funding agency may have new requirements for you soon. Register
Managing Research Documents
Crerar Library: Kathleen A. Zar Room, April 27th, 12-1pm
Organizing and keeping track of research documents, whether pdfs, notes, images or other pieces of information, can be time consuming and difficult. Let us help you! This workshop will cover effective naming techniques for documents, citation and pdf management, note taking tools, alerts and feeds, and journal management apps. Register
Data Data Everywhere: Introduction to Data Management
Crerar Library: Kathleen A. Zar Room, May 13th, 4-5pm
You are collecting it, but are you managing it? If you were asked to provide data from research done last year, would you be able to find it? What about two years ago? Join us for this session where you will learn more about the basics of data management for your research. We will discuss best practices for file naming and structure, metadata, storage and back ups, as well as provide an overview of funding agency requirements. Register
Collaboration Tools for Researchers
Crerar Library: Kathleen A. Zar Room, May 19th, 12-1pm
A wide range of tools to help you collaborate and communicate with other researchers are available these days. This workshop will cover options for sharing different kinds of work including citation and pdf sharing software, file and image sharing systems, and presentation sharing software. Register