Users with $50 in fines to have borrowing privileges temporarily suspended

As of Friday, September 13, Library users who owe $50 or more in overdue fines and other charges will have their borrowing privileges suspended until they have resolved their outstanding fines. This $50 limit is designed to help users better manage their Library accounts and to encourage them to resolve any fine balances before they reach $100, when their ability to register for classes or obtain transcripts will be restricted.

In the past, Library users have been allowed to accumulate $99 in fines before their borrowing privileges have been suspended. To assist users in making this transition, the Library is, as a one-time measure, reducing the current balance owed for past overdue fines by 50% for fines incurred through September 12. A user who owed $50 in overdue fines on September 12, for example, will owe $25 in overdue fines on September 13.

This one-time reduction in overdue fines is intended to prevent users with $50 to $99 in overdue fines from having their borrowing privileges suspended under the new $50 limit. Lost book charges, locker fees, and other outstanding library fees other than overdue fines will not be reduced and will count toward the $50 limit on outstanding charges. 

Fines incurred on or after September 13 that raise the balance owed to $50 will cause a user’s borrowing privileges to be suspended. Users can view any outstanding fines by logging into My Account and selecting Blocks. Users who owe more than $50 can restore their borrowing privileges by paying any outstanding fines on their account.

More information about borrowing policies, including fines, is available at

New database: Oxford Scholarly Authorities on International Law

You now have access to online book-length commentary on the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, ICSID, CEDAW, WTO Agreements, TRIPs, the 1951 Refugees Convention, the Convention Against Torture,  and  the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court via the D’Angelo Law Library’s newest database subscription - Oxford Scholarly Authorities on International Law

The OSAIL contains “full-text online editions of market-leading reference works and treatises published by Oxford University Press. Books  such as Oppenheim, our Oxford Handbooks in international law, and the Oxford Commentaries on International Law are made available online for the first time, fully searchable and linked by the Oxford Law Citator.”  Rosalyn Higgins’ Problems and Process:  International Law and How We Use It as well as Satow’s Diplomatic Practice (6th ed.) are also in OSAIL. 


Try the Investment Arbitration Reporter until the end of the year

The D’Angelo Law Library has arranged a trial of the Investment Arbitration Reporter (IAReporter) through December 31, 2013.  To try it out, click on the link below:

What is the IAReporter?  The “Investment Arbitration Reporter is a news & analysis service tracking international arbitrations between foreign investors and sovereign governments…IAReporter helps a broad range of readers – including lawyers, academics and government officials – stay abreast of the latest legal developments and policy trends in investment treaty arbitration…[It offers] a window into otherwise confidential proceedings, legal pleadings, and arbitral awards arising out of investment arbitrations.”

The IAReporter is edited and published by Luke Eric Peterson.




New charging station in Third Floor computer lab

The Law School now has a mobile device charging station for student use, located in the Third Floor computer lab, just to the right of the entrance to the room with the computers. Generously donated by Westlaw, it 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.

Picture of charging station


Feature Story Get books from the Ivies: try Borrow Direct beta

University of Chicago faculty, students, and staff can now borrow books and other circulating materials from the libraries of Ivy League universities and MIT through Borrow Direct, which begins its beta implementation phase at UChicago on August 1. Borrow Direct will typically deliver books to UChicago users in approximately four calendar days—far more rapidly than items requested through traditional interlibrary loan.

Borrow Direct logo 200Borrow Direct can be used to gain rapid access to books 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, the year-old 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.

Borrow Direct materials will typically arrive in approximately four calendar days, but a few extra days may be needed during the beta phase as we test methods for exchanging books with our Ivy League partners.

Help us test Borrow Direct

Open bookUsing Borrow Direct during the beta phase is simple:

  1. Log in to the Borrow Direct catalog with your CNet ID and password.
  2. Search for the item you want and click on the “Request” link within its record.
  3. Select your pick-up location and click on “Submit” to complete your request.

You will receive an email once the item arrives notifying you that it is available for pickup.

For more detailed information visit our Borrow Direct library guide.

Summer movies in Hyde Park

If you are on campus this summer, you have some great local options for watching movies.  The Harper Theater at 52d & Harper is showing Fruitvale Station, Turbo, The Conjuring…and The Wolverine!  (Hugh Jackman never disappoints). 

If you haven’t seen a movie at Harper Theater yet, check it out!  Here’s a review of Harper Theater from a law library staff member:  “I saw Pacific Rim (giant robots versus giant monsters) at the Harper Theater over the weekend and it was pretty fun…Harper Theater shows current movies at lower prices ($8, $6 matinee) than downtown, and has comfortable new seats.  The theater [is small], but that’s kind of nice in some ways. We often end up chatting with a lot of the people around us before the movie because everyone can hear everyone else’s conversations.”

Do you want to watch a movie outdoors?  There’s the Uncommon Nights – Movie on the Quad showing of Oblivion on July 30, 8:30 p.m., Bartlett Quad.  With free popcorn!

Midweek at The Movies/Night Out: Family Movie Night at Midway Plaisance 2013 sponsored by the University of Chicago/Chicago Park District features the following movies:  Oz the Great and Powerful (Aug. 7), Men in Black 3 (Aug. 14), The Avengers (Aug. 21).

Cover photo of Despicable Me.And there are so many choices for summer blockbuster movies in downtown theaters!  Star Trek:  Into Darkness is a must see.  Iron Man 3 with Robert Downey, Jr. is as action-packed and fun, with heart, as the first two (though the first Iron Man was the best).  I loved RED, and have high hopes for RED 2 (Bruce Willis!).  Though critics have panned The Lone Ranger, go see it for Johnny Depp’s performance (which I hear is amazing).  I’ve probably worn out the Law Library’s copy of Despicable Me because of how many times I’ve checked it out and watched it, so, not surprisingly, I’m recommending going to see Despicable Me 2…:-)  Not as good as the first one, but still entertaining.

Finally, you can always check out previous summer blockbusters, prequels, action flicks, and film noir classics in our D’Angelo Law Library DVD Collection.  If you can’t decide where to start, see TV Guide’s list of “The Best Summer Movies Ever“.  And, if you see a good movie this summer, let us know!  When it’s available on DVD, we’ll add it to our collection.

Copying and printing prices increasing Aug. 1; scanning and faxing prices not changing

The price of photocopying and printing on multifunction devices and microform stations in the University of Chicago residence halls and campus libraries—including Crerar, D’Angelo Law, Mansueto, Regenstein and SSA libraries—will increase on August 1, while prices for scanning and faxing will remain the same.  This will be the first price increase for copying and printing on Canon Unified Printing devices at the University of Chicago in four years. 

For 8.5 x 11 inch pages, prices for black-and-white copying or printing will increase from 10 cents to 13 cents per page, while color copying and printing will increase from 15 cents to 18 cents per page.  The charge for scans will remain at 2 cents per page.  Faxes will continue to cost 25 cents per page.

Fees charged for use of multifunction devices are intended solely to cover the cost of users’ photocopying, printing, faxing and scanning as provided by Canon.  Such fees are not used to underwrite the cost of any other offerings provided by the Library or other University units.

A full list of prices as of August 1, 2013, follows below and is available at

Canon Unified Printing cost per page as of August 1, 2013

For more information about Canon Unified Printing, visit

Free Westlaw printing discontinued as of June 30

Please be aware that Westlaw will be removing the free printing option from all Law School accounts as of June 30. 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 can also 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

LexisNexis now accessible only through Lexis Advance

Starting Monday, June 24, LexisNexis will be using a single ID system to simplify the way faculty and students access LexisNexis products. This means that Law School users will have access to LexisNexis only through the Lexis Advance platform. IDs will deactivate on or about June 22.


Users will still be able to access through a link in Lexis Advance (see image above). You will only need your Lexis Advance ID to use both Lexis Advance and If you have already registered your Lexis Advance ID, no further action is needed. 

If you do not have a Lexis Advance ID, contact LexisNexis Customer Service at 800-45-LEXIS or Ask a Law Librarian.

While the migration is taking place this weekend, there will be a service interruption from 9 pm CST on Friday, June 21, through 10 am CST on Sunday, June 23.

While users will still be able to access, some of the functionality (such as printing) will no longer be available on that platform. Users will be able to print to the LexisNexis printers only from Lexis Advance.

Also, alerts set up on cannot be transferred to Lexis Advance. If you would like to continue receiving updates, you will need to set them up again on Lexis Advance. If you need assistance setting up alerts on Lexis Advance, please contact the Law School’s LexisNexis Account Executive Nikki Harris at


Library fines to increase effective June 24

Library fines will increase starting June 24, the first day of summer quarter. This is the first increase to Library fines since 1996.

Overdue fines for recalled and interlibrary loan items will increase from $3 per day to $5 per day, while overdue fines for course reserve material and other short term loans will increase from $1 per hour to $3 per hour. The maximum fine amount will also increase from $75 to $100.

As always, there are no daily overdue fines for items on regular loan. This means that items borrowed on regular loan are not affected by the increase unless recalled and overdue on or after June 24. 

In addition to overdue fines, the replacement cost for lost items will increase to a standard minimum fee of $150. For users who choose to provide a replacement copy for a lost item, the processing charge will increase from $25 to $35. As always, the replacement cost may be increased at the discretion of Library staff for an item whose value exceeds the minimum replacement cost.

All of the above fine increases will go into effect for fines incurred on or after Monday, June 24. More information about borrowing policies, including fines, is available at

Updated June 24, 2013 to reflect increase of replacement copy processing charge to $35; previously the charge had been incorrectly listed as $50.

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

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

If you need a little help getting started, BrowZine has this two-minute video tutorial to help:

(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 ( or Twitter ( 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 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


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

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

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

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 Sign up for the LexisNexis presentation at

  • 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

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


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

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.