Feature Story Chicago enters borrowing agreement with Ivies

UChicago community will share in rapid access to more than
50 million volumes with the Ivy League

University of Chicago faculty, students and staff will soon be able to borrow circulating materials from the libraries of Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, MIT, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Yale, and the Center for Research Libraries as the University of Chicago Library joins the Borrow Direct partnership. 

Borrow Direct 150pxThe circulating collections of the Borrow Direct libraries include more than 50 million volumes, and more than 1.5 million items have been shared across the Borrow Direct partnership since it was initiated in 1999.  When implemented at UChicago in the fall, Borrow Direct will enable users to do a single search of the combined catalogs and to request prompt delivery of circulating items. Materials requested by UChicago borrowers will typically be delivered to their selected campus library within four calendar days.   

“The Borrow Direct partnership is delighted to welcome the University of Chicago as a full participant in the program,” said Jeffrey Horrell, Dean of Libraries at Dartmouth and co-convener of the partnership’s directors group. “The depth of Chicago’s collections will greatly enhance the ­overall resources available in Borrow Direct and will support our collective users in their discovery and scholarship.”

“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.”

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.              

UChicago’s new agreement with Ivy League universities and MIT expands upon the local success of UBorrow, another consortial borrowing partnership that gives UChicago users access to more than 90 million volumes at regional research libraries participating in the Committee on Institutional Cooperation. 

More information about using Borrow Direct will be available as the University of Chicago Library implements the service this fall. 

Extra computer monitors in the stacks

computer monitors

We are happy to announce that there are now five computer monitors distributed on several tables in the D’Angelo Law Library stacks so that students can plug in 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, as shown in the picture on the left. 

Students with PC’s should be able to plug the monitors directly into their laptops, while students with Macs will need a special adapter. We will have Mac adapters available for checkout at the Circulation Desk.

Thank you to David Blood and the Law School Information Technology department for procuring and setting up the monitors and to the D’Angelo Law Library Student Advisory Board for the suggestion!

This is a pilot program, and we welcome any feedback you have on the monitors.

Read journals on your iPad using BrowZine

browzineDo you own an iPad?  Do you read scholarly journals?  Then BrowZine might be a great tool for you!

The Library has arranged for a subscription to the Browzine app for all University of Chicago users.  BrowZine assists users by presenting open access and Library-subscribed journals on a common newsstand.  The result is an easy and familiar way to browse, read and monitor scholarly journals across the disciplines or to have a convenient list of favorite journals titles at your fingertips.  BrowZine works with the campus proxy server, giving you access to your favorite journals on your iPad.

Articles accessed through BrowZine may be synced up with Zotero, Dropbox or several other services to help keep all of your information together in one place.

If you have any questions about BrowZine or would like a guided a tour, please contact crerar-reference@lib.uchicago.edu

 Download BrowZine from the App Store on iTunes (requires a UChicago network connection): https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/browzine/id463787411?mt=8

If you need a little help getting started, BrowZine has this two-minute video tutorial to help: http://thirdiron.com/browzine-ipad-app/video/

(If you are already a BrowZine user, to access the full set of UChicago journals available in the trial, tap the Settings button, log out, then log back in selecting “University of Chicago” from the list of libraries.  You will be prompted for your CNetID and password to authenticate through the campus proxy server.)

This service will continue to expand and add new titles and features as time goes on.  Third Iron welcomes you to follow their progress on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/thirdiron) or Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/third_iron) and reminds you to watch for notifications on your iPad that an update to BrowZine is available. 

LexisNexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law access over the summer

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 current students will default to 40 hours for the month of July, even if a student does nothing to extend.

Westlaw does allow students to extend their current access in specific instances, which you can do by going to http://lawschool.westlaw.com/registration/SummerExtension.aspx. Allowable usages for extending include:

  • Summer law school classes
  • Law review or law journal work
  • Project for a professor
  • Moot court
  • Unpaid, nonprofit public-interest internship/externship pro bono work required for graduation

Graduating 3Ls: Students graduating this spring get 5 hours of access in July, even if a student does nothing to extend, to help study for the bar.

For help or more information, contact the Law School’s Westlaw Account Manager Ben Segreto at ben.segreto@thomsonreuters.com.


Rising 2Ls and 3Ls: Returning students will have full access to Lexis Advance during the summer without special registration, but not Lexis.com.

Graduating 3Ls: Graduates have full Lexis Advance access through July 31, 2013, but not Lexis.com. For help or more information, contact your LexisNexis Account Executive, Nikki Harris at nikki.harris@lexisnexis.com.

Bloomberg Law

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 your Bloomberg Law Relationship Manager, Jed Lewin at jlewin3@bloomberg.net.

Clarifying D’Angelo Law Reserve Room policies

At the Circulation Desk, we’ve noticed that students are often unclear about how long they can check out material from the Reserve Room and when they can renew reserve material. To help clarify things, we’ve added the following explanation of our Reserve Room policies to our website and posted a sign at the Circulation Desk. If you have any further questions, please let us know.

Reserve Room Policies

  • The first and second copy of reserve items are available for two hour loans.
  • Additional copies on reserve are available for 24 hour check out.
  • These 24 hour copies will generally have a sticker on the back under the barcode labeling them as 24 hour copies.
  • Reserve items checked out within two hours of closing will be due an hour after the library opens the next day.
  • Overdue reserve items accrue fines at the rate of $1 per hour, with a maximum of $75.
  • If you’d like a receipt indicating the time the reserve item is due, please let us know and we can print it out for you.

Reserve Renewals

  • Reserve items can only be renewed if there is another copy of the same book available in the Reserve Room for other students to check out.
  • If all other copies of a reserve book are checked out, a student must wait thirty minutes before checking the item out again to give other students an opportunity to check out the book.
  • If there is only one copy of a book on reserve, the item can be renewed if we haven’t had demand for the item from other students.
  • Renewal requests for reserve items must be done in person.
  • During interim periods, longer loans can be arranged for items on permanent reserve.
  • Reserve material cannot be checked out to a carrel.

New HeinOnline library State Statutes: A Historical Archive

Title page from Laws of the State of New York (1792)

Title page from Laws of the State of New York (1792)

University of Chicago users now have access to HeinOnline’s newest collection State Statutes: A Historical Archive, which includes more than 1,600 volumes and nearly 2 million pages of historical superseded state statutes. Coverage goes back to as early as 1717! For the state of Illinois, the earliest publication included is the Laws of the Territory of Illinois from 1815, which predates its admission to the Union, and extends through the Revised Statutes of the State of Illinois from 1931. 

This collection is a valuable complement to HeinOnline’s existing collection of state session laws. As with all of HeinOnline’s collections, the historical state statutes can be browsed and searched in a number of different ways, including full text.

Ensuring Summer Success programs

The D’Angelo Law Library, along with the Office of the Dean of Students and the Office of Career Services, is sponsoring the program “Ensuring Summer Success” on Thursday, May 2 at 12:15 pm in Room V. The program is designed to get law students ready to succeed in their summer jobs.

The panelists will include a partner from Sidley, an associate from Paul Hastings, an administrative assistant from Jenner, and a reference librarian from Neal Gerber. The panelists will address issues such as: working successfully with non-attorney professionals; how to complete projects without racking up a six figure legal research bill; juggling multiple projects, summer associate activities, and still trying to have a life; and how to avoid the most common summer associate pitfalls that can keep you from receiving an offer for permanent employment. This program was very highly rated last year by rising 3Ls who had attended in preparation for their summer positions. Lunch is provided.  Sponsored by Sidley Austin.   

[This program qualifies for 10 Keystone Professionalism and Leadership Program points in the Managing & Building Your Career category.]

In the next few weeks, there will also be a number of vendor presentations focusing on cost-effective research and resources you will likely use during your summer jobs. All are scheduled during the lunch hour. Keystone points are available. For the Bloomberg Law presentations, RSVP at http://url.ie/hac1. Sign up for the LexisNexis presentation at http://www.lexisnexis.com/lawschool/myschool_1.aspx.

  • Monday, April 22:  Bloomberg Law Prepare to Practice, Room F
  • Wednesday, April 24: Bloomberg Law Prepare to Practice, Room D
  • Thursday, April 25:  LexisNexis Cost-Effective Legal Research, Room F
  • Monday, May 6:  Bloomberg Law Prepare to Practice, Room D

Alumni can now access thousands of journal articles, book chapters from off campus

University of Chicago alumni are now able to access five important research databases and thousands of publications from any off-campus computer with an Internet connection.  These electronic resources for alumni are being provided by the University of Chicago Alumni Association and the University of Chicago Library. 

The Library is providing alumni access to thousands of journal articles, book chapters and other materials through Project MUSE and SAGE Journals Online:

  • Project MUSE is a full-text database of over 100 scholarly journals published by university presses in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.
  • SAGE Journals Online offers peer-reviewed journals in business, humanities, social sciences, sciences, technology, and medicine published by SAGE Publications and participating societies. Dates of coverage and access to backfiles vary by journal. To verify availability of specific journals, search the eJournals list or ask a librarian.

The University of Chicago Alumni Association is providing alumni access to thousands of publication archives through EBSCOhost:

  • EBSCO Academic Search – Alumni Edition offers full-text access to more than 2,600 scholarly journals and indexing of thousands more.
  • EBSCO Business Source – Alumni Edition offers full-text access to more than 1,300 scholarly business journals and indexing of thousands more. It also includes country economic reports, company profiles, and backfiles of many journals.
  • Articles Plus – Alumni Edition brings together content from EBSCO databases, Project MUSE, SAGE Journals Online and other sources to facilitate discovery across a range of subject areas. It lists full-text articles available to alumni, as well as articles available for purchase or available in person in the University of Chicago Library.

To access any of these databases, alumni must create a CNet ID and use it to log in.  Those alumni who have forgotten their CNet password can reset it online or contact IT Services for assistance.

“Many alumni have expressed an interest in getting remote access to electronic resources, and the Library is very pleased to be partnering with the Alumni Association to make this possible,” said Judith Nadler, Director and University Librarian.  “We are particularly pleased to be able to offer access to a broad range of important resources that will help alumni in many different fields begin their research.”

For additional information about electronic resources freely available to alumni, visit our Library Guide at http://guides.lib.uchicago.edu/alumni

New online legal history resource

Researchers campus wide can now access the Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal History online via the D’Angelo Law Library. Here’s a description of the print version (xxK50.O94 2009):

The Encyclopedia is a six-volume illustrated (B&W photos) interdisciplinary reference work with about 1000 articles on these and many other history of law topics. Picture of 6 volumes of the Oxford International Encyclopedia of Legal HistoryThe Encyclopedia specifically covers eight areas of scholarly research interest:  ancient Greek law; ancient Roman law; Chinese law; English common law; Islamic law; medieval and post-medieval Roman law; South Asian, African, and Latin American law; and United States law. And, within each area, these major categories of law–contracts, torts, civil procedure, criminal law, administrative law, and constitutional law. Contributors included internationally-renowned legal historians such as Law School Professor Richard H. Helmholz who authored the articles on:  Compurgation; Ecclesiastical Law in English Common Law; and Marriage: English Common Law.

Each Encyclopedia article includes cross-references to related articles and a bibliography of additional readings. The Encyclopedia has a Topical Outline of Contents (arranged by the eight areas listed above), a Directory of Contributors, an Index of Legal Cases, and an extensive 260-page subject index.


Spring Mansueto Library tours for faculty, students, staff, alumni and their guests

Automated Storage and Retrieval System

Mansueto Library’s automated storage and retrieval system (Photo by John Pitcher)

Registration is now open for behind-the-scenes tours of the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library for UChicago faculty, students, staff, alumni and their guests. Tours include a trip to the underground automated storage and retrieval facility and end at the Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Gallery.

Children taking the tour must be at least 10 years old, and each child under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

During Spring Quarter 2013, tours will be offered every other Friday at noon from April 12 to June 7.

Space is limited, so register early

Meet your new Westlaw rep!

Photograph of Ben SegretoThe Law School has a new Westlaw representative–Ben Segreto. Ben takes over from Kay Halvorson, who served as our temporary representative during Winter Quarter. Ben received his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law and has worked with West as a Reference Attorney, Account Representative for Large Law Firms, and now as an Academic Account Manager.  He will be making frequent visits to the Law School for training sessions and table days. You can check the calendar on the Law School’s Westlaw homepage for specific dates and times. 

Feel free to contact Ben if you have any questions about your Westlaw account. You can also contact one of our three Westlaw Student Representatives with questions about using Westlaw.

Copy, Print, Fax, and Scan requires 4-digit PIN starting March 25

Copy, Print, Fax, and Scan stationStarting Monday, March 25, all users of the Canon copy, print, fax, and scan station in the D’Angelo Law Library Reserve Room will be required to set and use a 4-digit PIN (personal identification number). This change is being made to protect users from unauthorized use of their accounts. This change affects all of the copy, print, fax, and scan stations in the libraries, residence halls, and the Arley D. Cathey Learning Center (formerly Harper Library Commons).  

It will not affect printing or scanning on the Law School network.

When you use a copy, print, fax, and scan station for the first time on or after March 25, you will be prompted to set a PIN; for subsequent uses you will be prompted to input the PIN after swiping or tapping your card.

More information, including detailed instructions on how to set your PIN, is available at https://printing.uchicago.edu/.


Announcing PLI’s Discover Plus


PLI Discover Plus


The Library is pleased to offer access to a new e-book library,  PLI Discover Plus.  

The Practising Law Institute is a non-profit continuing legal education organization which offers continuing education programming and publications written by general practitioners. 

Discover Plus vast library includes:

    • books (authoritative treatises,  Answer Books,  course handbooks),
    • legal forms, and 
    • transcripts from CLE programs

Practice areas covered include: 

PLI Practice Areas

 Examples of popular PLI titles/series:  

To get a sense of the breadth of Discover Plus, take a look at their 2012 catalog. Please let us know if you have any questions about this new resource.

Researching country conditions? Try the World News Connection database

world imageWorld News Connection (National Technical Information Service, Department of Commerce) is a “foreign news service from the U.S. government” which includes translations or English-language news sources from selected jurisdictions.   For instance, it doesn’t cover Jamaican newspapers or Germany’s FAZ.  Full text coverage is mostly from 2003 to present.  World News Connection is a useful database for international/area studies, international human rights and immigration law research.  NTIS’ WNC contains “full text and summaries of newspaper articles, Websites, conference proceedings, television and radio broadcasts, periodicals, and non-classified technical reports”.  It is an e-continuation of the Foreign Broadcast Information Service (FBIS) daily reports, which sometimes included English translations of foreign laws.

The University of Chicago Library has trial access to the WNC through April 20, 2013.   Access details are below:

Chicago’s IPs have just been authenticated for World News Connection at http://dlib.eastview.com.

Note that World News Connection is also available via Westlaw Classic as the WRLDNWSC database (covers December 2003 to date). 

Newspapers from these particular regions are available via World News Connection:

Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the Election of a New Pope

The resignation of the pope is now old news; the conclave to select the new pope has begun.  As everyone with a connection to the internet knows by now, it has been 600 years since a former pope has observed the selection of his successor.

Is there legal precedent for how a pope resigns?  There have been resignations before – the last was in 1415, but the later ones were associated with the Great Schism – the period in the 1300’s when competing political factions elected popes who reigned at the same time.  To find a resignation similar to Pope Benedict XVI’s, it’s necessary to go all the way back to 1295 when Pope, later Saint, Celestine V resigned in the hope of returning to his monastic, ascetic life of prayer.  He was able to return to that life, but unfortunately it occurred in prison, as he was held in custody by supporters of his successor pope Boniface VIII, who feared he would be used as a figurehead by Boniface’s opponents.  But that, while interesting, doesn‘t answer the question.  What law undergirds a papal resignation?

Fortunately for us, there are people with a passionate interest in early law of the papacy.  There is a series of posts at the Library of Congress website, authored by Dante Figueroa, Senior Legal Information Analyst at the Law Library of Congress.  The first post describes the canonical rules on the resignation of a pontiff; the second the rules governing the election of a new pontiff.  The third post provides detail on an update to those rules enacted by Pope Benedict XVI, which amends “…a significant number of rules governing the papal electoral process.”  The changes are meant to reinforce the absolute secrecy rule governing the election of the new pope and to strengthen protections against any type of external influence over the cardinal electors.  Still, it seems inevitable that the very existence of the former pope will exert some influence over the election of his successor, perhaps in a natural reluctance to support someone whose views are known to be at variance with his.  Assuming the absolute secrecy rules are scrupulously observed, however, we may never know one way or the other. 

The blogosphere has been intensely interested in the resignation and in the election of the new pope.  The OUP Blog has posted a useful guide titled An Oxford Companion to the 2013 Papal ElectionsNancy Dallavale at the Huffington Post speculates that the resignation may have unintended consequences on the nature of papal authority and the future of the Catholic Church. The Yale Law Library Rare Books Blog reproduces an image from a book in their collection picture Celestine V and his successor Boniface VIII.  There is even a FantasyPope game

Very soon, the conclave will elect a new pope, and the Catholic Church will have a Pope and a Pope Emeritus, for the first time in 600 years. 

Unlimited summer access to Lexis Advance for Law School students


LexisNexis has announced a new Summer Access Program for law school students that allows unlimited access to Lexis Advance ”not only for academic work, but any research conducted on behalf of their employer whether working in a paid or unpaid position at a law firm, court, government agency, or public interest organization.”   If you are a University of Chicago Law School student and have a Lexis Advance ID, you will automatically have unlimited access with your current ID under this program.  If you do not have a Lexis Advance account, or an uncertain if you have an account, contact the Law School’s account representative, Nikki Harris, nikki.harris@lexisnexis.com

Women and the law

March 8 is International Women’s Day.  To celebrate, here are some key resources on women and the law worldwide:

  • Gender Jurisprudence Collections (GJC)(database of the War Crimes Research Office (WCRO) and Women in International Law Program (WILP)  of the American University Washington College of Law; international criminal tribunal cases on sexual and gender-based violence)
  • Gender Law Library (World Bank; legislation on women’s economic status in 183 economies; constitutional provisions, statutes, decrees and regulations, treaties on gender equality, family and inheritance law, labor law, and restrictions on women in countries worldwide; including WBL (women, business and the law) indicators)

Gender Law Library screen capture

Screenshot of OECDiLibrary's GI-DB (gender institutions database)



Lorraine Hansberry: Her Chicago law story

 What happens to a dream deferred?
Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun…
Or does it explode? –Langston Hughes

Lorraine Hansberry photoKrik?  Krak!  In honor of Black History Month, I decided to tell Lorraine Hansberry’s story, but February fled and we’re in March, so I am celebrating Women’s History Month with a post about Ms. Hansberry and the U.S. Supreme Court case of Hansberry v. Lee.  ”A Raisin in the Sun,” a play about a Black family who purchase a home in a white neighborhood, made Ms. Hansberry famous.  When she was 29, Ms. Hansberry “became the youngest playwright, the fifth woman, and the first black dramatist to win the most prestigious award [the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award].” (Cheney 26).  She based the plot of Raisin on her real family life.   

Lorraine Vivian Hansberry was born in Chicago on May 19, 1930, the youngest of four children born to Carl Augustus Hansberry, a prominent real estate broker, and his wife, Nannie Louise Hansberry, a schoolteacher and ward committeewoman.  Lorraine’s uncle, William Leo Hansberry, taught African history at Howard University.  On May 26, 1937, Carl Hansberry moved the family to Woodlawn (map), an all-white neighborhood near the University of Chicago.  The Hansberry family home (6140 S. Rhodes Ave.) was declared an historic landmark by the Chicago City Council on February 10, 2010.


Anna M. Lee and others brought an action in the Circuit Court of Cook County to enforce a restrictive covenant, and enjoin the Hansberrys from occupying their home.  Under the “restrictive agreement”, about 500 Chicago property owners agreed that no part of the real estate should be “sold, leased to, or permitted to be occupied by any person of the colored race”.  The restrictive covenant covered blocks between 60th and 63d streets, and between Cottage Grove and South Park avenues [now Martin Luther King Drive] in Chicago.  The trial court held that Burke v. Kleiman (1934), in which the parties stipulated to the validity of the covenant, bound Mr. Hansberry even though he was not a party to that litigation.  In Lee v. Hansberry (1939), the Supreme Court of Illinois affirmed the trial court’s judgment.

Ms. Hansberry’s father and mother, represented by Earl B. Dickerson, J.D. `20 and several other members of an NAACP litigation team, appealed the decision to the U.S.  Supreme Court.  In Hansberry v. Lee, 311 U.S. 32 (1940), Justice Stone, writing for the majority, reversed the Illinois Supreme Court decision on the basis that neither party to the Burke litigation represented Mr. Hansberry’s interests.  Works on class action and civil procedure often cite the Hansberry case for the fundamental due process principle that “a ruling cannot bind absent class members if the representatives are inadequate.” (Klonoff, at 57).  Despite the Supreme Court victory, Lorraine Hansberry believed her father never recovered from his struggle against racial segregation.  Mr. Hansberry passed away from a cerebral hemorrhage on March 7, 1946, at the age of 50, while visiting Mexico. He’d planned to move the family there.

Lorraine Hansberry attended kindergarten on Chicago’s South Side.  “The kids beat me up; and I think it was from that moment I became a rebel.”  When Lorraine was 8, a “howling” mob attacked her family’s home.  A brick hurled through the window narrowly missed Lorraine’s head.  As a child, Lorraine met Paul Robeson, Langston Hughes, W.E.B. Du Bois, and other civil rights activists who frequently visited her family.   Lorraine went to Betsy Ross Elementary School and graduated from Englewood High School in 1948.  Lorraine was politically active and worked for social justice throughout her brief adult life.  She was an associate editor for Paul Robeson’s progressive Freedom newspaper.  She participated in the civil rights movement in the South as a field organizer for CORE (the Congress of Racial Equality).  She supported the fledgling American lesbian liberation movement.  Lorraine Hansberry died of pancreatic cancer on January 12, 1965 at the age of 34.  But Ms. Hansberry’s story is not over.  It continues in her writings:

“I think, then, that Negroes must concern themselves with every single means of struggle: legal, illegal, passive, active, violent and non-violent. That they must harass, debate, petition, give money to court struggles, sit-in, lie-down, strike, boycott, sing hymns, pray on steps, and shoot from their windows when the racists come cruising through their communities. The acceptance of our present condition is the only form of extremism which discredits us before our children.” (To Be Young, Gifted and Black, at 214).

Below are resources for researching Ms. Hansberry’s Chicago law story:


Lee v. Hansberry, 372 Ill. 369, 24 N.E. 2d 37 (Ill., 1939).

Hansberry et al.  v. Lee et al., 311 U.S. 32 (1940)(via HeinOnline U.S. Supreme Court Library). 

Briefs (via Gale/Cengage U.S. Supreme Court Briefs).  Attorneys for Petitioners:  Earl B. Dickerson, Truman K. Gibson, Jr., C. Francis Stradford, Loring B. Moore, and Irvin C. Mollison.  Attorneys for Respondents:  Angus Roy Shannon, McKenzie Shannon, William C. Graves, Preston B. Kavanagh, and Randolph Thornton.

Books, Articles, & Videos

Carter, Steven R.  Hansberry’s Drama:  Commitment and Complexity (Urbana:  University of Illinois Press, 1991).  Regenstein Bookstacks, PS3515.​A595Z8C25 1991.

Cheney, Anne. Lorraine Hansberry (Boston: Twayne, 1984).  Regenstein Bookstacks, PS3515.​A595Z8C51.

Domina, Lynn. Understanding A Raisin in the Sun: A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents (Westport, Conn.: Greenwood, 1998).

The Electronic Encyclopedia of Chicago (Chicago Historical Society, 2005; Chicago History Museum, Newberry Library, and Northwestern University; Janice L. Reiff, Anne Durkin Keating, and James R. Grossman eds.). 

Entries for:  “Washington Park Subdivision”, “Restritive Covenants”, “National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)”, “Open Housing”.

Graettinger, Robert.  “A Raisin in the Sun As Commentary on Hansberry v. Lee,” 17 CBA Record, June-July 2003, at 30.

Hansberry, Lorraine. A Raisin in the Sun: A Drama in Three Acts (New York: Random House, 1959).   Regenstein Bookstacks, PS3515.A595R3 1959.

Kamp, Allen R. (J.D. ’69)  “The History Behind Hansberry v. Lee,” 20 U.C. Davis Law Review 481-499 (1987).

Keppel, Ben.  The Work of Democracy: Ralph Bunche, Kenneth B. Clark, Lorraine Hansberry, and the Politics of Race (Cambridge, Mass.:  Harvard University Press, 1995).  Regenstein Bookstacks, E185.​61.​K390 1995.

Includes chapters on “The Political Education of Lorraine Hansberry” and “The Dialectical Imagination of Lorraine Hansberry”. 

Long, Herman H. & Charles S. Johnson. People vs. Property: Race Restrictive Covenants in Housing (Nashville: Fisk University Press, 1947).  D’Angelo Law, North Annex, KB3188.L38P4 1947.

“Lorraine Hansberry,” Gay & Lesbian Biography 216-218 (Michael J. Tyrkus ed., Detroit:  St. James Press, 1997).  Regenstein, General Reference, HQ75.2.G39 1996.

McKissack, Patricia C. & Fredrick McKissack.  Young, Black, and Determined: A Biography of Lorraine Hansberry (Holiday House, 1997).

Metzger, Linda (ed.).  “Lorraine Hansberry,” Black Writers 146-147 (Detroit: Gale Research, 1989).  2d ed.:  Regenstein Bookstacks, E185.96.B545 1994.

A Raisin in the Sun movie cover

A Raisin in the Sun (1961).  D’Angelo Law Reserve Room, DVD PN1997.Z9R36 1999.

“Film of the award-winning play about a struggling black family living on Chicago’s South Side and the impact of an unexpected insurance bequest. Each family member sees the bequest as the means of realizing dreams and of escape from grinding frustrations.” Starring Sidney Poitier, Claudia McNeil, Ruby Dee.  Produced by David Susskind & Philip Rose.  Directed by Daniel Petrie.  Screenplay by Lorraine Hansberry.

Sharadha, Y. S. Black Women’s Writing: Quest for Identity in the Plays of Lorraine Hansberry and Ntozake Shange (New Delhi: Prestige Books, 1998).  Regenstein Bookstacks, PS3515.​A515Z86 1998.

To Be Young, Gifted and Black: Lorraine Hansberry in Her Own Words (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1969).  Regenstein Bookstacks, PS3515.A595Z8N4.

Adapted by Robert Nemiroff.  With original drawings and art by Miss Hansberry.  And an introduction by James Baldwin.

To Be Young, Gifted and Black (PBS TV, 1972).  1998 VHS video available via Amazon.

Use of Class Actions in Restrictive Covenant Cases,” 7 University of Chicago Law Review 563-567 (1940).  About Lee v. Hansberry, 24 N.E.2d 37 (Ill., 1939).

Vose, Clement E.  Caucasians Only:  The Supreme Court, the NAACP, and the Restrictive Covenant Cases (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1959).  D’Angelo Law, North Annex, KB6247.V6C3 1959 c.1a.

Wilkerson, Margaret B.  “Hansberry, Lorraine Vivian (1930-1965),” 1 Black Women in America:  A Historical Encyclopedia 524-529. (Darlene Clark Hine ed.,  Brooklyn, NY: Carlson Publishing, 1993).  Online via the Black Women Writers:  African, African American, and Diaspora database.

Sherlock Holmes and the Curious Case of the Copyrighted Canon

The Estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle claims ownership of the Sherlock Holmes Canon, the character Sherlock Holmes and story elements from the 4 novels and 56 short stories featuring Holmes written by Doyle and published from 1887-1927. The estate still collects license fees from the likes of CBS TV (for “Elementary”), the BBC (“Sherlock”), the producers of the Sherlock Holmes films with Robert Downey Jr., and Random House, publisher of A Study in Sherlock. A Study in Sherlock was a collection of stories written by contemporary authors such as Lee Child and Neil Gaiman, using the Holmes Canon characters and plot elements from stores that were first published before 1923 and are now out of copyright in the United States. Editors Leslie S. Klinger and Laurie R. King (the author of the Mary Russell series of Holmes Canon novels) have refused to pay license fees for a sequel, In the Company of Sherlock Holmes, to be published by Pegasus Books. Klinger has filed a suit in federal court in Chicago for a declaration that these stories, and the elements of the Holmes Canon that first appeared in these stories, are in the public domain. (Ten stories that were first published in the United States after 1923, in The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes, are still under U.S. copyright.)

The Economist and Publishers Weekly have covered the lawsuit. A good legal explanation of the legal issues in using elements of out-of-copyright works is Copyright and the Public Domain, by Stephen Fishman. (Print and Ebook.)

“Jill and Fred’s Coasean Adventure” and other Law School musicals

The second performance of the Law School Musical, Jill and Fred’s Coasean Adventure, is tonight at I-House (7-9 p.m. at 59th & Dorchester - break a leg, y’all!). “This year’s show takes you on a musical ride through a satirical history of The University of Chicago Law School when two unsuspecting 1LS get taken on an adventure through space and time, led by the esteemed Ronald Coase!” See you there!  Coase

The Musical is an annual law student production. It’s a humorous take on faculty, staff, and student life at the Law School. You can find photos, news stories, and YouTube videos about the Law School Musical here. “Gunner’s World” from the 2010 Law School Musical, All You Need Is Law: Because Love Is Inefficient, cracked me up.  It’s a song about the 90+ Supreme Court cases every law student should know.

The D’Angelo Law Library has a collection of many of the scripts (going back to the 1981 My Fair Lawyer, or “When In Doubt, Fake It”), program books (back to 1948), audio-cassettes, CD-ROMs, DVDs (back to 2004), and VHS cassettes (back to 1985) for the University of Chicago Law School Musical. 

Chinese law databases, blogs, listservs, and…DVD movies!

Chinese flagThe Law Library supports Law School research programs and intiatives on Chinese law and economics with a variety of resources. Continue celebrating the Year of the Snake by checking them out!  We provide access to the ChinaLawInfo (Chinese)/LawInfoChina (English),  Westlaw China , and LexisNexis China Law (LNCHNL file on Lexis.com) subscription databases.  There is also useful law-related information in the East Asian Library’s Electronic Collections for Chinese Studies.  Sources of the law of China are also in the free World Legal Information Institute (WorldLII) and AsianLII

Connect with other Chinese law researchers via Donald C. Clarke’s China Law Prof blog and CHINALAW email discussion group/listserv, Lehman, Lee & Xu’s China Blawg, Dan Harris’ China Law Blog, and China Law & Policy.  For other resources, visit Wei Luo’s Internet Chinese Legal Research Center and SLA’s Chinese Legal Resources.  Tired of studying?  Take a break and watch one of our Chinese movies

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Farewell, My Concubine

Chinese Title: Bawang bie ji

Lilian Lee and Lu Wei adapted Lee’s novel, a romantic-triangle drama set in China during the turbulent years from 1925 to 1977, which focuses on two stars of the Beijing Opera: a heroic leading man and the female impersonator who has fallen in love with him, despite his marriage to a prostitute.

祝大家蛇年快乐! Celebrate the Year of the Snake

UChicago Dragon Dance ClubStart your Chinese New Year celebrations early this Saturday, February 9th, at the Garfield Park Conservatory.  From 11 to 4, there will be music at Horticulture Hall and workshops and performances by the UChicago Dragon Dance Club.  There’ll be a Scavenger Hunt at Palm House.  You can learn traditional dance steps, make your own dancing dragon, and hunt for lucky plants.



Chinese New Year (also called “Lunar New Year” or “Spring Festival”) begins on Sunday, February 10th.  It’s the Year of the Snake.  From the Chinese Zodiac:

“People born in the Year of the Snake are the most intuitive, even while remaining the most private and reticent. Snake people represent the symbol of wisdom. They are intelligent and wise. Snake people are usually regarded as great thinkers.”

Chicago’s Chinatown has a series of events, including the popular Lunar New Year Parade on Sunday, February 17th at 1 p.m. beginning at 24th & Wentworth and marching north to Cermak.


Try BrowZine for reading journals on your iPad

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Try BrowZine for the iPad during February

Do you own an iPad?  Do you read scholarly journals?  Then BrowZine might be a great tool for you! 

The Library is offering a trial of BrowZine during the month of February to all University of Chicago users.  BrowZine is an app for the iPad which assists users by presenting open access and Library-subscribed journals on a common newsstand.  The result is an easy and familiar way to browse, read and monitor scholarly journals across the disciplines or to have a convenient list of favorite journals titles at your fingertips.  BrowZine works with the campus proxy server, giving you access to your favorite journals on your iPad.

Articles accessed through BrowZine may be synced up with Zotero, Dropbox or several other services to help keep all of your information together in one place.

If you have any questions about BrowZine or would like a guided a tour, please contact crerar-reference@lib.uchicago.edu

Download BrowZine from the App Store on iTunes (requires a UChicago network connection):

(If you are already a BrowZine user, to access the full set of UChicago journals available in the trial, tap the Settings button, log out, then log back in selecting “University of Chicago” from the list of libraries.  You will be prompted for your CNetID and password to authenticate through the campus proxy server.)

Fun Reads at D’Angelo

The D’Angelo Law Library has decided to make pleasure reading easier for you to find. New popular fiction and nonfiction titles are now displayed in the Reading Room near the elevator and under the grand staircase, in their dust jackets. All books are available to borrow. The collection is supported by the Allan T. Dunham Memorial Fund, and includes novels, mysteries, SF,  humor, science, history, and biography. The rest of the fiction collection is located on the fourth floor, in low bookcases near the conference rooms.  Here are a few of the titles on display:

V is for Vengeance, by Sue GraftonDamned, by Chuck PalahniukDodger, by Terry PratchettWinter of the World, by Ken Follett




UBorrow reduces Recall requests by 30 percent

In its first year, UBorrow provides rapid access to 10,500+ books for UChicago students, faculty 

The Library’s UBorrow service, launched approximately a year ago, has proven to be a reliable and popular system for borrowing books from 12 university libraries in the Midwest and the nearby Center for Research Libraries. Books requested through UBorrow typically arrive on campus within a week and can be checked out for 12 weeks, with an option for a 4-week renewal. Approximately 90 million volumes are accessible through this service. 

Library users choose UBorrow over Recall

In the past year, approximately 2,300 University of Chicago students, faculty, and staff have borrowed more than 10,500 books through the UBorrow service. The popularity of the new service led to a 30 percent decrease in the number of items recalled from UChicago Library users from the period March 2012 to January 17, 2013 compared with the same period in 2011-12, suggesting that many are choosing not to inconvenience UChicago borrowers when copies can be easily obtained through UBorrow.

In many cases, UBorrow provides a better option than recalling a checked out book or getting it through traditional interlibrary loan, as the book is likely to be received more quickly through UBorrow than through either of these services. As an added benefit, books obtained from UBorrow will not be recalled before their due dates, except under unusual circumstances, such as when a book is needed for course reserve at the lending library. 

Graduate students consider UBorrow ‘wonderful’

Graduate students have been the heaviest users of UBorrow and have responded enthusiastically to the new offering.

“UBorrow has been a wonderful service that has greatly expanded access to the more popular books in the library’s holdings,” says Alexander Moffett, a doctoral student in Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science in Social Sciences and a medical student in the Pritzker School of Medicine. He notes that he has been able to get books more quickly than he previously had via Recall and that he appreciated knowing for certain at the time of a request that a book would be available.

UBorrow librariesGraduate students seeking highly specialized volumes also have expressed enthusiasm for UBorrow. “I read over 300 books and articles for my comprehensive exams, and I actually don’t think I could have done that without UBorrow,” reports Lauren Stokes, of the Department of History. “In the process of specializing for a doctoral degree, I’ve often found myself knowing exactly who has the library book that I need to read–sometimes one of my advisors will say ‘You need to read this book, but don’t recall it from me!’ and sometimes I know that one of the other students in my program currently has the book that I want to read. UBorrow has allowed me to access the material without frustrating my colleagues and putting obstacles in their schedule.”

Master’s students have found the service similarly useful. “Recall is the reason I switched my loyalties to the UBorrow system.” says Bill Hutchison, MAPH ’12. “In the midst of writing my master’s thesis, fighting with other students over certain volumes was annoying, but it seemed that there was no other solution.”  Once the new service became available, Hutchison says, “I switched to UBorrow, and have since led a peaceful and harmonious scholastic existence.” 

Hutchison is also delighted at the range of resources he has been able to obtain from UBorrow:  “everything from 19th century books on insect architecture to limited edition books by small-run, international publishers.”

CIC loans books, wins innovation award for UBorrow

University of Chicago established this consortial borrowing program with the other members of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), including the University of Illinois, Indiana University, University of Iowa, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of Minnesota, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Northwestern University, Ohio State University, Pennsylvania State University, Purdue University, and University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as the Center for Research Libraries. The relative proximity of our partners, as well as the commitments made by each institution, allow books to be delivered through UBorrow far more rapidly than they usually are through our traditional interlibrary loan program.

Over the summer, UBorrow won the Rethinking Resource Sharing 2012 Innovation Award, which honors individuals or institutions for changes they have made to improve users’ access to information through resource sharing in their library, consortium, state or country. David Larsen of the University of Chicago Library and Anne Beaubien of the University of Michigan Library accepted the award on behalf of the CIC. The University of Chicago Library took a leading role in the collaborative development of UBorrow program for the CIC. Larsen, who is Head of Access Services and Assessment at UChicago, chaired the CIC task force that recommended this consortial borrowing solution, as well as the implementation team.

Thus far, UChicago has been borrowing more books through UBorrow than it has loaned. In fiscal year 2012, UChicago loaned 1,072 items through UBorrow to partner libraries and borrowed 10,540. 

Get started with UBorrow

To start using UBorrow and for more information, visit our online guide to UBorrow.