How to locate Chinese legislation in English translation

Chinese HorseHappy Chinese Lunar New Year of the Horse!  In celebration, here’s a quick guide to help with researching Chinese statutes and regulations in English translation. Major sources to check include Peking University’s LawInfoChina/ChinaLawInfo (北大法律信息网) database, Westlaw China, the National People’s Congress’ Database of Laws and Regulations, Laws of the People’s Republic of China (AsianLII), and  the Supreme People’s Court’s “Laws & Regulations” page. The NPC database contains laws in these categories: 


Translations of recent Chinese laws or proposed legislation will sometimes be posted on the CHINALAW email discussion group or on the China Law Prof blog.  Older laws in translation are sometimes separately-published, or selectively printed in journals such as China Law and Practice.  Search the Library Catalog, Lens, or WorldCat to locate them. If you are looking for Chinese laws on specialized topics such as intellectual property, trade, and investment, check the website of the related government agency or international organization. For additional information, check the Law Library of Congress’ China: Translation of National Legislation into English (March 2012, PDF). 

Print sources of English translations of Chinese legislation owned by Chicago-area libraries include:


Happy researching!  And, if you need additional assistance, Ask-A-Law-Librarian!

Indian law database Manupatra temporarily unavailable

UPDATE: Access to Manupatra has been restored. 2/4/2014

The Indian law database Manalertsymbolupatra is temporarily unavailable. We have reported this problem and hope to access restored soon.

In the meantime, any Library users with questions related to Indian legal research should use our Ask a Law Librarian service to learn about other relevant resources.

Upcoming legal research workshops

The D’Angelo Law Library is offering two upcoming legal research workshops:

Contract Drafting Resources, Friday, January 31, at 12:25 pm in Room B

Learn about the major resources for locating sample contracts and other resources for drafting contracts, including Practical Law Company, Bloomberg Law, Lexis, and WestlawNext. For LLM students and others interested in business and transactional law. Earn 10 Keystone points in the Legal Research category. 

Corporate and Securities Research, Tuesday, February 4, 9:15 am in Room B

Learn about the major resources for business and industry research, including, Bloomberg LawWestlawNext, Thomson One Banker, Standard & Poor’s NetAdvantage, and other databases commonly used in transactional practice. For LLM students and others interested in business and transactional law. Earn 10 Keystone points in the Legal Research category.  

HeinOnline now includes case law powered by Fastcase

HeinOnline now includes federal and state case law powered by Fastcase. When viewing a document, such as a law review article, in HeinOnline, the references now link to the cases cited. When an article cites a case, the case citation will be highlighted in blue, with the link going to full text of the case in either HeinOnline or Fastcase. When you link to the case powered by Fastcase, you will stay inside HeinOnline. Thus, you will not need to adjust any authentications or proxy settings. Where HeinOnline provides the exact page replications of the original document, Fastcase provides a reformatted, plain text version.

Screenshot of Fastcase links in HeinOnline

The federal case coverage includes: Judicial opinions of the Supreme Court (1754–present), Federal Circuits (1924 present), Board of Tax Appeals (vols. 1–47), Tax Court Memorandum Decisions (vols. 1–59), U.S. Customs Court (vols. 1-70), Board of Immigration Appeals (1996–present), Federal District Courts (1924–present), Federal Bankruptcy Courts (1 B.R. 1–present). The state case law covers all fifty states, with nearly half of the states dating back to the 1800s. Coverage for the remaining states dates back to approximately 1950.


Screenshot of Fastcase tab in HeinOnline


Users will also see a Fastcase tab when they log in to HeinOnline, which can be used to retrieve an opinion using the Bluebook citation. In addition, HeinOnline also provides a Direct Citation option which will allow you to type in the volume, use a drop-down menu for the case abbreviation and enter the page number to find your citation. Both options will retrieve the full text of the case in Fastcase’s HTML format.

Try out the Oxford Handbook Series online

The Library currently has a trial to Oxford Handbooks Online, which lasts until February 15. According to the publisher, the Oxford Handbook Series “brings together the world’s leading scholars to write review essays that evaluate the current thinking on a field or topic, and make an original argument about the future direction of the debate.” Among the scholars who have published review essays are Law School faculty members Tom Ginsburg and Brian Leiter. This is the first time that the entire collection of work across fourteen subject areas is available online. Among those subject areas is Law, and the Handbooks cover 423 legal topics from Abortion and Reproductive Rights to the World Trade Organization. The Handbooks are especially useful for providing a comparative approach to various legal topics.

Access to the Oxford Handbook Series is available until February 15, 2014. If you try it out, let us know what you think.

MLK Day, Monday, Jan. 20: D’Angelo Law Library will be closed, other campus libraries remain open

On Monday, January 20, the D’Angelo Law Library will be closed in observance of the Martin Luther King Day holiday.

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.

Looking for an article from Clearinghouse Review?

If you are trying to read an article from Clearinghouse Review, you will now need to register for an account on their website. Later in 2014, they will be changing their website to allow patrons to access the journal using the Library’s proxy server. Until then, to register for an account as a University of Chicago user, you must register using a computer on campus. For a step-by-step demonstration of the registration process, Clearinghouse Review has produced this online tutorial.

Once you have registered, you will have “roaming” access to Clearinghouse Review from any computer at any location. To renew your subscription status, you must log in to the Clearinghouse Review website from on campus at least once every 60 days.

Clearinghouse Review remains available in both Lexis for Law Schools and LexisNexis Academic

Law School faculty recommended books on display


In what has become an annual tradition, the University of Chicago Law School has published a list of books recommended by our distinguished faculty. The list covers a wide range of genres and topics, from law to history, from non-fiction to fiction. The complete list of recommendations is available on the Law School website. All of these titles are available for check out from the D’Angelo Law Library and are currently on display as part of our popular reading collection, which is located near the entrance to the Wilson Reading Room just after you enter the library. Books from the list feature a bright green sticker indicating that they were recommended by the Law School faculty. Stop by and pick one up if you’re looking for something good to read over break!

Spanish language interface now available in HeinOnline

The database HeinOnline now includes a Spanish language interface. Users now have the option to change the language of the HeinOnline interface from English to Spanish. When you are logged in to HeinOnline, you will see “Language” as an option in the upper right-hand corner; use this link to switch the interface language to Spanish.

Once you set the language as Spanish, you will see all navigation tabs and options displayed in Spanish. Please note that documents themselves, which include a wide array of primary and secondary legal materials, will remain in English or their original language.


D’Angelo’s Louis-Jacques authors new book

International Legal Research book coverThe D’Angelo Law Library’s Foreign and International Law Librarian, Lyonette Louis-Jacques is the co-author of a new book, International Law Legal Research. Part of Carolina Academic Press’ International Legal Research Series, the book is “designed to be accessible for the beginner as well as useful for those with more experience.” With over 25 years experience as a law librarian, Ms. Louis-Jacques contributes her expertise to the extensive listings of bibliographic and other resources at the end of each chapter. The book already is receiving rave reviews in the academic community.  

Our IAReporter trial ends December 31st – try it out now

The D’Angelo Law Library’s trial of the Investment Arbitration Reporter (IAReporter) ends in a couple of weeks on December 31st.  Try it out now and let us know if you think it will be useful for your international commercial arbitration research.  We welcome your feedback!  

Recent IAReporter news headlines with overview and analysis by Luke Eric Peterson:


The IAReporter enables you to browse its content in the following categories/themes:

Institution (ICSID, UNCITRAL, SCC (Stockholm), ICC, NAFTA, CAFTA, etc.)

Country (India, Argentina, Venezuela, C.I.S. (Russia, Ukraine, etc.)

Topic (Payment of Awards, Annulment and Court Review, Damages Determinations, Arbitrator Challenges, Treaty Negotiations, Energy Disputes, Mining Disputes, Telecoms Disputes, Amicus Curiae Interventions, Environmental Disputes, Human Rights)

Happy Repeal Day!

Bock Beer

A Karl Llewellyn favorite beer

Rejoice, wine and beer lovers!  On this day, December 5, in 1933, Congress ended the nation’s dry spell.  Senate Joint Resolution 211 proposing a 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution to repeal the 18th Amendment, was enacted, thus setting a nation of drinkers free from Prohibition.  And making the Law School Wine Mess possible!

Selected Resources on Beer and Wine Law

D’Angelo Law Library restricted during reading period and exams

Access to the D’Angelo Law Library for non-law students will be limited from December 7 – 17 during the law school reading and exam periods. During this period, the library will continue to be accessible to any member of the 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 our library.

Consult the D’Angelo Law Library webpage on access for additional information.

Thanksgiving week hours

Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, the D’Angelo Law Library will close early at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, November 27, and will be closed on Thursday, November 28. The Library will be open from 10:00 am till 6:00 pm on Friday, November 29, and will resume normal hours on Saturday.

For a complete list of Library hours, see

Born in the Library: The Neubauer Collegium

The Neubauer Collegium kicks off its first programming year with Library collaboration

Postcard titled “Bombay Dancing Girl.”

Postcard titled “Bombay Dancing Girl.” Courtesy of the Digital South Asia Library,

The Neubauer Family Collegium for Culture and Society opens its doors this fall on the premises of its first home—the Joseph Regenstein Library. As scholars from around the world meet here to investigate complex questions that transcend any single discipline or methodology, they draw on the collections, spaces, and staff expertise of the University of Chicago Library.

“The Library has long been a mecca for scholars,” said Judith Nadler, Director and University Librarian. “We are delighted to continue this tradition by working closely with the Neubauer Collegium to enable the investigation of big questions in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.”

“Libraries have always been the great laboratories of the humanities, so it is particularly fitting that we should spend our infancy nourished by the generosity of the Regenstein,” said David Nirenberg, the Roman Family Director of the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society. “And our relationship will always remain close, even after we move into our own building. After all, the Library’s treasures are one of the greatest attractions that bring scholars from all over the world—including our Neubauer Visiting Fellows—to Chicago.”

Three events exemplify the Neubauer Collegium’s collaboration with the Library.

Audio Cultures of India: Sound, Science, and History

Label from a recording of Bhairavi raga by the prominent vocalist Malka Jan of Chulbuli.

Label from a recording of Bhairavi raga by the prominent vocalist Malka Jan of Chulbuli. A 78 rpm shellac gramophone record, released by Ajano Double-Face Record. Produced in Vienna? by A. Janowitzer, 1913?

One of the first events on the Neubauer Collegium calendar, the “Audio Cultures of India” workshop brought project team members and other interested scholars together in Regenstein on September 16 and 17. A second workshop will follow in New Delhi, India, immediately after the opening of the University’s India center at the end of March 2014. The workshops are part of the larger Neubauer Collegium funded project, Audio Cultures of India: New Approaches to the Performance Archive.

Directed by Professors Philip V. Bohlman and Kaley Mason of the Department of Music and by Bibliographer for Southern Asia James Nye and Cataloger and Assistant Southern Asia Librarian Laura Ring of the Library, workshop participants from the University and other institutions are gathering to investigate how the methods of big science might elucidate and facilitate the humanistic understanding of music, speech, and other audio expressions. They are exploring the scientific analysis of sonic recordings, the history of sound in South Asia, and the intersection of audio with such related material artifacts as texts and images. The participants include computational scientists, statisticians, and physicists as well as South Asian specialists in ethnomusicology, linguistics, anthropology, literature, history, geography, and libraries.

Neubauer Collegium Launch Panel Discussion: William Kentridge and Jane Taylor

Following an opening lecture on October 3 in Mandel Hall delivered by internationally acclaimed South African artist William Kentridge, Regenstein’s Room 122 was the site for a panel discussion and reception featuring Kentridge; South African writer, curator and scholar Jane Taylor, a frequent visiting professor at the University of Chicago; and David Nirenberg, who moderated. Speaking on “The Virtues of Bastardy: Mixed Metaphors and Collaborations in the Studio,” Kentridge and Taylor discussed their experiences collaborating with artists ranging from puppeteers to writers to opera singers on projects such as Taylor’s play Ubu and the Truth Commission and Shostakovich’s opera The Nose.

A Worldwide Literature: Jāmī (1414-1492) in the Dar al-Islam and Beyond

This project is developing a research agenda on intellectual trends in the post- classical Muslim tradition by studying the reception of works by the luminary fifteenth-century ‘Abd al-Rahmān Jāmī . The Library’s Southern Asia Department is assisting Professor Thibaut d’Hubert in the preparation of a digital collection and searchable corpus of Unicode texts comprising Jāmī’s works and the Indian commentaries published by Naval Kishore in the nineteenth century. The project is benefiting from well-established bonds between the Library and colleagues in Lahore, Pakistan, who are undertaking digitization of the texts by Jāmī and with the ARTFL Project (Project for American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language) on campus for presentation of the texts in collaboration with the Digital South Asia Library.

On November 14 and 15, specialists working with languages ranging from Persian, Ottoman Turkish, and Arabic to Malay, Chaghatay, Chinese, Sanskrit and Bengali attended a conference at the University of Chicago Center and the College de France in Paris. They are studying comparatively, for the first time, the variegated impact of Jāmī’s works on the post-classical Islamic intellectual traditions, and particularly on the formation of new vernacular literary idioms.

Newly launched free web research resource – the Global Health and Human Rights Database

On October 24, 2013, the Global Health and Human Rights Database (hereinafter GHHRD) was officially launched at the United Nations Dag Hammarskjöld Library Auditorium .  The GHHRD is produced by the Lawyers Collective, “a leading public interest law NGO in India focusing on strategic litigation and advocacy in HIV/AIDS and women’s rights, with offices in New Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore”, and the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown Law.  Brian Citro, International Human Rights Clinic Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, was a GHHRD project manager.  You can watch the informative webcast here and here.

Here is an excerpt from the press release:

“The [Global Health and Human Rights] Database is a fully searchable online database of more than 1000 judgments, constitutions and international instruments on the intersection between health and human rights.

The Database is the first attempt to comprehensively make available health and human rights law from both common and civil law jurisdictions, and features case law and other legal documents from more than 80 countries and in 25 languages. It also provides 500 plain-language summaries and 200 original translations of case law previously unavailable in English. The Database has been created in collaboration with more than 100 partners from civil society, academia, and legal practice worldwide.”


Join us for the D’Angelo Law Library Fall Fest, Oct. 22

D'Angelo Law Library Fall Fest

**All are welcome, but only Law School students are eligible to win prizes.

Traveling abroad? Need to learn a foreign language? Try Mango.

Mango Languages listThe Library now subscribes to Mango Languages Online . Try it out now to see if it’s useful for you!

If you are participating in the Law School’s International Immersion Program, doing an international human rights internship, or working in the IHR Clinic or the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, or writing a research paper on a foreign law topic, you might find the Mango language tool handy. 

Mango Languages list


The Great Chicago Fire

October 8 is the 142nd anniversary of the beginning of the great Chicago fire, which finally burned itself out on October 10, 1871, having killed 200-300 people and reduced 3.3 square miles of the city to rubble. The fire burned a 4-mile long strip approximately 3/4 of a mile wide, beginning near Roosevelt and Canal Streets and, fanned by strong south-southwest winds, all the way north to Fullerton Avenue. Contemporary maps of the burned district can be seen in the Images section of the Chicago History Museum’s Great Chicago Fire website: These buildings were among the few within the fire zone that survived:

  • St. Michael’s Church, Old Town
  • Chicago Water Tower and Chicago Avenue Pumping Station
  • St. Ignatius College (now St. Ignatius College Prep, on Roosevelt)
  • Holy Family Church

St. Michael’s Church and the Pumping Station were both gutted in the fire, but their exteriors survived, and the buildings were rebuilt using the surviving walls.  

The fire was an enormous calamity at the time, but the rebuilding laid the groundwork for modern Chicago. The return of the city to the world stage was celebrated in the Columbian Exposition in Hyde Park, 21 years later in October of 1893.

Several contemporaneous accounts of the fire exist. Search the Library Catalog using this subject heading: Chicago (Ill.) — Fire, 1871.

Feature Story Borrow Direct from the Ivies

UChicago faculty, students and staff can now borrow books and other circulating materials from the libraries of Ivy League universities and MIT through Borrow Direct

The University of Chicago Library joined the Borrow Direct partnership in June and began beta testing the service in August and September, successfully developing procedures for delivering books to UChicago users in approximately four business days—far more rapidly than items requested through traditional interlibrary loan.

Borrow Direct 150pxBorrow Direct can be used to gain rapid access to books that are either not owned by the Library or that are checked out or otherwise unavailable from the University of Chicago Library. The service provides access to more than 50 million volumes from the circulating collections of Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, MIT, Penn, Princeton, and Yale. It works very much like UBorrow, a consortial borrowing program that rapidly delivers materials from other CIC (Big Ten) libraries.

Borrow Direct materials can be kept for up to 12 weeks, unless recalled by the lending library. Standard borrowing policies—including fines and account blocks—apply to overdue Borrow Direct items, and renewals are not permitted.

Four ways to search Borrow Direct

Library users can access materials through Borrow Direct in four ways:

  1. Visit the Borrow Direct catalog directly.
  2. Use the searchbox on theLibrary homepage.
  3. Click on the “FindIt!” button from within Library resources like WorldCat and select the Borrow Direct option.
  4. In Lens, click on “Request via Borrow Direct” for checked out items.

For more detailed information visit our Borrow Direct library guide.

Why Borrow Direct?

“The Borrow Direct partnership will provide rapid and increased access to rich collections held by our peer institutions, thus helping to connect our students and scholars with the composite wealth of these collections,” said Judith Nadler, Director and University Librarian at the University of Chicago.  “At the same time, the project will provide a venue to explore future models for shared collection building that include both print and digital forms.”

Announcement of Chicago’s participation in Borrow Direct has already been well received on campus.  “Both personally and on behalf of the faculty and students of the art history department, I want to thank you and your staff for negotiating for Chicago to enter the Borrow Direct program,” Professor Christine Mehring, Chair of the Department of Art History, wrote Nadler upon reading the news. “Having used it frequently while I was a faculty member at Yale, I know colleagues and students will benefit from it greatly and daily.”

The launch of Borrow Direct at the University of Chicago is made possible by a generous gift from the Rhoades Foundation with the cooperation of Julius Lewis, AB’50, AM’54.            

Need government information?

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It’s week 2 of classes and the federal government shutdown.

We would like to remind you that the D’Angelo Law Library is OPEN and ready to help you find the information you need. We are experts at tracking down alternative sources if the information or report you need is currently not online. Stop by the reference desk or contact us at Ask A Law Librarian for more information. 

As a reminder, many units of government or websites are open: 

The Federal Judiciary remains open until  October 15, 2013 when the Judiciary will reassess its situation and provide further guidance. PACER docket information is still available to law students through the Bloomberg Law dockets. 

The Supreme Court of the United States will continue to conduct its normal operations through October 11. The Court building will hear the scheduled oral arguments today, the official beginning of the Court’s Term.  A further update will be provided in the event the lapse of appropriations continues beyond October 11.  

The Library of Congress is shut down, with the exception of Legislative website and which are open and being updated.  

FDsys will continue to process and post Congressional materials only. Federal Register services on FDsys will be limited to documents that “protect life and property”. The remaining collections on FDsys will not be updated until funding is restored.

One go-to source that we librarians use is the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine which includes captured government sites

The Library also subscribes to commercial databases that provide access to government information:

For more commentary on the web regarding the shutdown, see’s Legislative status during the shutdown and Sunlight Foundation’s What Happens to .gov in a Shutdown?

If you are interested in learning more about the shutdown, check out this CRS report issued September 25, 2013. 

Constitute – your new source for the world’s constitutions online!

On Monday, September 23, 2013, the Comparative Constitutions Project (directed by Tom Ginsburg (University of Chicago Law School), Zachary Elkins, and James Melton)  launched Constitute, a website that enables you to read and search 160 constitutions, and compare them across nearly 350 topics.  Constitute currently includes constitutions in force, but will eventually contain the text of all constitutions written since 1789.  The Constitute Project was developed with the support of Google Ideas, The National Science Foundation, the Indigo Trust,  IC² Institute, the Cline Center for Democracy at the University of Illinois, the University of Texas, the University of Chicago, and the Constitution Unit at University College London (check its blog announcement for more information).  Free access to foreign constitutions will facilitate comparative constitutional law research worldwide.



Constitute in the News

Check out Constitute and see how it compares with World Constitutions Illustrated and Oxford Constitutions of the World (OCW is newly created from the merger of the Constitutions of the Countries of the World, Constitutions of Dependencies and Territories, and Constitutions of the United States:  National and State online resources).

Apply for the D’Angelo Law Library Student Advisory Board

Students in Reading RoomDo you want to help shape the D’Angelo Law Library experience for you and your fellow students? If you do, consider applying for the D’Angelo Law Library Student Advisory Board. We’re looking for Law School students from all class years (including incoming 1L and LLM students) and who participate in a range of student organizations and extracurricular activities. Even if you don’t think you use the library very much, we want to hear from you, too!

The Board was started last year, and the students’ feedback led to several improvements in Library services, including the extra computer monitors in the stacks and clarified Reserve Room policies. Minutes from last year’s meetings are available on the Board’s website. The librarians look forward to receiving more valuable feedback from this year’s Board on a variety of topics, from library hours to legal research instruction in the Bigelow program to promotion of Library services like BorrowDirect and Scan & Deliver. The Board will meet approximately two times per quarter, with the meeting dates and times set once Board members are selected.

To apply, fill out the brief online application by Monday, October 14. For questions or additional information, please contact Todd Ito at

Student Advisory Board Application:

How to find Law School course syllabi in Chalk

If you’re looking for the syllabus for a Law School course in which you are not yet enrolled, you might be able to view the syllabus in Chalk.

1. Log into Chalk and look in the left frame for the Quick Links box and click the “Course Catalog” link.


2. On the next screen, select Laws from the list of categories.


3. Select the course in which you’re interested, and if the professor has made the syllabus available, a link should show up in the left frame. 


D’Angelo Law Library update for returning students

The D’Angelo Law Library welcomes returning students back to the Law School! We wanted to make sure everyone was aware of some changes that took place over the summer months. First, late in Spring Quarter, the Law School Information Technology department distributed five computer monitors on several tables in the D’Angelo Law Library stacks so that students can have extra monitors to use with their laptops. There is one monitor in each of the semi-enclosed conference rooms on the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Floors and two monitors on one of the tables in the northeast corner of the Fourth Floor. 

Students with PC’s should be able to plug the monitors directly into their laptops, while students with Macs can check out a VGA adapter at the Circulation Desk. This is a pilot program, and we welcome any feedback you have on the monitors.

Lexis Advance

Students logging into LexisNexis should immediately notice that Lexis has moved to a single ID system to simplify the way faculty and students access LexisNexis products. This means that Law School users now have access to LexisNexis only through the Lexis Advance platform. Users will still be able to access through a link in Lexis Advance (see image below). You will only need your Lexis Advance ID to use both Lexis Advance and If you do not have a Lexis Advance ID, contact LexisNexis Customer Service at 800-45-LEXIS or contact the Law School’s LexisNexis Account Executive Nikki Harris at


No More Free Westlaw Printing

Westlaw no longer provides free printing for Law School students. Students will still be able to print from WestlawNext and Westlaw, but those pages will be routed to Law School printers and will count against the student’s print quota.

Free printing from Lexis Advance will continue for at least the next academic year. Students are also encouraged to use the foldering features in Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg Law to save and share documents. Another option is using Westlaw’s mobile apps, including their iPad app, which automatically sync with your Westlaw account. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to Ask a Law Librarian or contact the Law School’s Westlaw account manager Ben Segreto at

Finally, although Westlaw stopped providing free printing, they did generously donate a new mobile device charging station for student use. It is located in the Third Floor computer lab, just to the right of the entrance, and provides charging for up to eight devices: 5 Apple (3 legacy, 2 lightning), 2 Micro (charges all Android, Blackberry, Windows phones), and 1 Mini (for older devices). Please do not leave your mobile devices unattended while they are charging.