D’Angelo Law Library Study Break

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

D’Angelo Law Library winter interim hours, Dec. 16 – Jan. 3

Beginning Wednesday, December 16, the D’Angelo Law Library will have reduced building hours for the winter interim. Normal hours resume Sunday, January 3.

Additionally, access to the D’Angelo Law Library for non-law students is limited from Friday, December 4 through Tuesday, December 15 during the Law School reading and exam periods.

All campus libraries will be closed on December 25 and January 1.

For a complete list of hours for all locations and departments, see hours.lib.uchicago.edu.

D’Angelo Law Library restricted access during exams

Access to the D’Angelo Law Library for non-law students will be limited from Friday, December 4 through Tuesday, December 15 during the Law School reading and exam periods. During this period, the library will continue to be accessible to any member of the University community who needs access to legal materials or who would like to work with one of our reference librarians. In addition, all non-law students who are taking Law School classes will have access to the library.

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

Exam preparation resources at the D’Angelo Law Library

The D’Angelo Law Library provides a variety of resources to help students prepare for exams.

Past exams: Perhaps most importantly, the Library provides copies of past exams given at the Law School, in addition to model student answers and memos written by the professors where available. The exams are organized by course and faculty member. Everything we have been given permission to post is available on the Library website.


Study Supplements: Another helpful resource for preparing student outlines and studying for exams are the many study supplements, including the popular Examples & Explanations and Understanding series, that are available in the Reserve Room. Our Hornbooks & Study Supplements page provides lists of the available study supplements by course name. This year, we’ve also added the online West Academic Study Aids package. This package provides online access to many of the study supplements, including West’s Concise Hornbook Series, the Law Stories Series, and all of the Nutshells. To access the study supplements, you will need to go to http://lawschool.westlaw.com and click the link for “Study Aids Subscription.” The first time you log in, you will need to create an account with West Academic, but from then on, you should be able to log in with your OnePass username and password.

CALI Lessons: If you prefer something more interactive, CALI lessons might be the resource for you.  The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) provides UofC law students with access to nearly 1,000 internet-based lessons on different legal topics. Lessons range from core 1L courses (92 lessons on property, for example) to many different upper level courses. CALI lessons are often interactive and feature questions to test your knowledge as you go through them. If you have not already registered an account with CALI, you can Ask a Law Librarian to get the authorization code for the Law School.

Student Outlines: Student outlines for various courses taught at the Law School are made available by the UChicago Law Students Association (LSA) in an online outline bank on the LSA’s website. You will need to enter a password to access. If you do not have the password, Ask a Law Librarian.

Study Rooms: If you want to meet with a study group, the D’Angelo Law Library has seven study rooms that can be reserved online: two study rooms on each of the 4th, 5th and 6th floors, and one study room on the second floor. Law students may reserve use of a study room using the Law School’s room reservation system. For further assistance, see How to Reserve a Law Library Study Room.

Quiet Study Space: Quieter study spaces are available on the upper floors of the Law Library. Law School students are also able to study in any of the other libraries on campus. Crerar, Mansueto, and Regenstein will extend weekend building hours during reading period and finals week. Mansueto will be open Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5 until 12:45 a.m. Crerar and Regenstein will be open these days until 1 a.m. The Regenstein 1st floor all-night study space will be open 24 hours from Monday, November 30 until the end of finals on Friday, December 11. For a full list of library hours, see http://hours.lib.uchicago.edu.

Lockers: Please remember to secure your belongings when you take breaks. You can check out a locker key from the Circulation Desk. Library lockers are located in the northeast corner of the second and third floors. Two types of lockers are available: laptop lockers, which are smaller and each equipped with an electrical outlet, and bookbag lockers, which are large enough to accommodate a bookbag and/or coat.

Study Breaks: On Saturday, December 12, enjoy free coffee and small snacks near the Reference Desk in the D’Angelo Law Library, from noon until 2:00 p.m., or whenever the coffee runs out.

Also, on Sunday, December 6, Regenstein Library will be hosting a study break from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m on the A-Level. Join fellow students and librarians for coloring, 3-D modeling, music, and snacks. The event is free, and snacks will be available on a first come, first served basis. Sign up for the event on Facebook.

Good luck with exams!

Thanksgiving hours for the D’Angelo Law Library

Hours for the D’Angelo Law Library over the week of Thanksgiving 2015 are as follows:

Wednesday, November 25

8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Thursday, November 26

Closed in observance of Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 27

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday, November 28

Normal hours resume.

For a complete list of Library hours, see hours.lib.uchicago.edu.

TRIAL: Latin Lawyer

The D’Angelo Law Library has arranged a trial to Latin Lawyer (trial access expires 18th December 2015).

Here’s info about Latin Lawyer:

Latin Lawyer 250 image“Latin Lawyer is the definitive business law resource for Latin America. Latin Lawyer’s independent team of journalists provides news and analysis of deals and cases, as well as legal and policy developments across the region. Alongside this, for over 10 years Latin Lawyer has compiled surveys, league tables, country profiles, interviews and roundtable discussions. Besides keeping readers up- to- date with a daily news email briefing, Latin Lawyer content is available online and through a magazine published 10 times a year…

…The Latin Lawyer editorial team provides intensive area research in the form of the Latin Lawyer 250: Latin America’s leading guide to business law firms. This guide provides an annual review of the legal marketplace across multiple Latin American jurisdictions, complete with analysis of the Latin American practices of international law firms…

…Latin Lawyer Reference provides answers to key legal and regulatory questions in Latin America on major practice areas. Leading practitioners and local counsel provide insight in over twenty practice areas, including Project Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Arbitration and Bank Financing. The interactive format allows for quick-and-easy comparisons across jurisdictions.”

Historic database on Chicago Police misconduct launched

The groundbreaking Citizens Police Data Project, launched yesterday by the Invisible Institute and the Law School’s Civil Rights and Police Accountability Clinic, is a searchable database that contains more than 56,000 complaints filed against more than 8,500 Chicago police officers between 2001 and September of this year. There are gaps in that 14-year period, but the database has every allegation of misconduct made against an officer between March 2011 and this September.

This data set is based on requests made under the Freedom of Information Act which became public information in 2014, when the Clinic won the landmark Illinois appellate case Kalven v. City of Chicago, 7 N.E.3d 741 (Ill. App. Ct. 2014). The database offers a variety of tools for sorting, filtering, and mapping the data. Each record contains information about the complaint and its outcome; the accused officer, including the officer’s name, race, age, gender, and unit of assignment; demographic information on the complainant, including race, age, and gender; and geographic information on where the incident occurred.

For related information on the topic, see the D’Angelo Law Library’s Civil Rights and Police Accountability research guide.

TRIAL: American Immigration Lawyers Association’s AILALink

We have a month-long trial to AILALink: http://ailalink.aila.org/.  Access is via campus IP address (not available off-campus via the proxy server).

AILALink includes primary law materials (immigration statutes, regulations, court and administrative decisions, memos, cables, minutes), government manuals, forms, AILA periodicals, and books such as Kurzban’s Immigration Law SourcebookEssentials of Immigration Law, Navigating the Fundamentals of Immigration Law, AILA’s Asylum Primer, Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) Practice Manual, Representing Clients in Immigration Court, and the Consular Practice Handbook.

Try it and let us know what you think!



The Library as a hub: Connecting people and ideas

With the autumn quarter of my first year at the University well underway, I have developed an understanding of the enduring relevance of the University of Chicago Library’s mission.

We begin with the University’s motto — Crescat scientia; vita excolatur — and embody it by providing comprehensive resources and services to support the research, teaching, and learning needs of the University community. Put another way: we serve as a hub that connects people and ideas.

Brenda L. Johnson, Library Director and University Librarian. (Photo by John Zich)

Brenda L. Johnson, Library Director and University Librarian. (Photo by John Zich)

Over the years, we have developed six primary approaches to providing these comprehensive resources and services to the University that remain relevant today. We work to understand our users; build collections and tools; promote access and discovery; ensure preservation; collaborate with faculty, students, and University staff, as well as librarians and technologists from around the world; and develop expertise and an innovative spirit in our Library staff.

Building collections remains a vital, ongoing part of our mission, and our special collections offer faculty and students opportunities to do original research and learn from rare and unique primary sources. As we celebrate the 125th anniversary of the University of Chicago this year, new materials have been donated to the University Archives, and many have visited to explore our shared history. In addition, recently received volumes from the Nineteenth-Century English Poetry Collection of Dr. Gerald N. Wachs, generously donated by Deborah Wachs Barnes, Sharon Wachs Hirsch, Judith Pieprz, and Joel Wachs, AB’92, together with funding for a special exhibition, an accompanying catalogue, and additional essential Library support, comprise a campaign leadership gift that expands our distinctive collections and promotes their discovery.

We also process our collections so that they can be easily discovered and accessed. We are grateful to Bob and Carolyn Nelson for their support for the processing of the Saul Bellow Papers, which began this summer and will facilitate research into the life and works of this Nobel Prize-winning author.

Even as these critical Library activities continue, new ones are being undertaken. Faculty and students in every field are taking advantage of technological advancements to pursue new lines of inquiry using new tools and techniques. Interdisciplinary work is more important than ever. The output of research and scholarship looks different today than it did in the past. Creativity, collaborative learning, and hands-on learning are increasingly prized by students and faculty alike.

How can the Library build better bridges between its resources and the University community? How can we promote and ease the transition to new ways of learning? How can the Library become a partner in the research process in the future?

Our fall issue of Libra and the Library News site share a few of the steps we are taking in moving toward this future. I am particularly pleased to announce the launch of the Library’s new residency program, which is designed to bring some of the brightest new graduates of today’s library and information schools and other graduate programs to Chicago to help us launch or expand new programs. Our first new resident, Kaitlin Springmier, the Resident Librarian for Online Learning, is supported by generous gifts from Preston Torbert and Diana Hunt King.

The Library is supporting graduate students’ education and professional development in additional ways. This summer, we offered four unique internships that provided hands-on experience and mentors for PhD students interested in developing new perspectives on scholarship.

The renovation of Regenstein’s A Level will soon create a new environment that encourages interdisciplinary scholarly collaboration through the provision of resources, technology, and spaces. The first phase of the renovation is underway this fall. Additional enhancements are being planned for a later time when funding becomes available.

And the launch of a new multi-institutional Chicago Collections portal will help scholars, students, and members of the public to more easily research the history of Chicago in increasingly interconnected virtual spaces.

By engaging in both traditional and new activities that connect researchers and students with ideas, the Library continuously renews its commitment to supporting the research, teaching, and learning needs of the University of Chicago in a rapidly changing scholarly environment.

TRIAL: ProQuest History Vault: International Relations and Military Conflicts (through November 3d)

The Library has arranged a campuswide trial of the International Relations and Military Conflicts modules of ProQuest’s History Vault which feature ” formerly confidential reports of U.S. diplomats and military officers from 1911-1975″.  The digitzed archival databases provide access to letters, papers, photographs, scrapbooks, financial records, diaries, and other primary source materials.

The International Relations and Military Conflicts modules are as follows:

  • U.S. Military Intelligence Reports, 1911-1944
  • U.S. Diplomatic Post Records, 1914-1945
  • World War II: U.S. Documents on Planning, Operations, Intelligence, Axis War Crimes, and Refugees (including documents on martial law in Hawaii and Nuremberg trials against Nazi war criminals)
  • Office of Strategic Services (OSS)-State Department Intelligence and Research Reports, 1941-1961
  • Confidential U.S. State Department Central Files, Europe, and Latin America, 1960-1969
  • Vietnam War and American Foreign Policy, 1960-1975



Trial of NAACP Papers

The Library has a trial of the ProQuest History Vault: NAACP Papers until October 24. The trial includes the complete archive–government records and organizational records dealing with the Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century; the NAACP’s major campaigns, from voting rights to anti-lynching, peonage, segregation, and discrimination; legal department files; and activities of local NAACP branches. We welcome your thoughts on what parts of the collection you would find most useful in your research.

New Lexis Printer in 3rd Floor computer lab

A new Lexis printer has been installed in the 3rd Floor computer lab in the Law School. Law School students can print documents to this printer from Lexis Advance by going to a document and then clicking the printer icon and then selecting “Choose new settings”. At that point, you should see a pop up box like the one below allowing you to select the “UC LEXIS LAB” printer. Once you’ve selected that option, your print job will be sent to the printer in the 3rd Floor computer lab. Please try to pick up your print job as soon as possible to minimize clutter in the lab.

Screenshot of Lexis

Law School Record now on Chicago Unbound

The D’Angelo Law Library is pleased to announce that the University of Chicago Law School Record is now available on Chicago Unbound. The Record is the Law School’s magazine for alumni and friends. The Chicago Unbound version includes full-text PDF of issues back to 1951 (volume 1, number 1). It is fully searchable via the Internet and in the CU scholarship repository.


New Supreme Court Term

Today is the first day of the Supreme Court’s 2015 term. Follow news about the Supreme Court on United States Law Week, in the Supreme Court Today section. The new Supreme Court Today Tracker, available only on Bloomberg Law, allows you to track individual cases, or all cases on a topic of interest. The Supreme Court Brief section of the National Law Journal is another site for news about the Court.

Find briefs for cases that the Court has decided to hear at the Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases, published by the American Bar Association. The D’Angelo Law Library does not have paper briefs for pending cases. Our U.S. Supreme Court Research Guide has more information about sources of briefs, records, and information about the Court and its justices.

People Recent awards mark latest in D’Angelo’s long history of service and accolades

Significant honors that recognized members of the D’Angelo Law Library staff this year were the latest in a string of accolades for the University of Chicago’s law librarians, whose dedication to their field has long been marked by service to local and national library groups.

Todd Ito

Todd Ito

This spring, Lorna Tang, who retired in June as the Associate Law Librarian for Technical Services after 38 years at the D’Angelo, was given the Chicago Association of Law Libraries (CALL) Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Law Librarianship Award, and Foreign and International Law Librarian Lyonette Louis-Jacques was given the Global Legal Skills Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Legal Skills Education, as well as a top marketing award from the American Association of Law Libraries, the profession’s national association. Todd Ito, the D’Angelo’s Coordinator of Instruction and Outreach, was also elected Vice President/President-elect of Chicago Association of Law Libraries, becoming the most recent D’Angelo librarian to hold a top leadership position with the organization.

“The D’Angelo librarians have always had a strong commitment to service in professional law library associations,” said Sheri Lewis, Director of the D’Angelo Law Library. “This commitment is reflected not only in the awards bestowed on University of Chicago law librarians but in the ongoing respect from colleagues who actively seek and rely upon D’Angelo leadership in the professional community.”

Tang—who managed her staff through two major renovations of the library building, each time reorganizing work spaces and revising workflows—was the third librarian associated with the D’Angelo to win CALL’s lifetime achievement award.  The award, also given in 2013 to retired D’Angelo Law Library Director Judith M. Wright and in 2012 to former D’Angelo librarian Judith Gaskell, recognizes an “outstanding contribution to the Chicago law library community” and “consistently high levels of noteworthy professional contribution.” Tang became a member of CALL in 1977 and served on numerous committees.

Louis-Jacques received her award at the Global Legal Skills Conference, which is a leading international gathering for global skills education. She was honored for her 2013 book, International Law Legal Research, which was designed to show how to research sources of international law and help schools create stand-alone courses in international law legal research. She also won the 2015 Excellence in Marketing Award, Best Newsletter from AALL. It recognized the Chicago Association of Law Libraries’ CALL Bulletin, which Louis-Jacques co-edited.

Ito, who has been involved with CALL since he moved to Chicago in 2006 to work at the D’Angelo, also became the organization’s incoming Vice President and President-elect this spring.

“CALL has enabled me to connect with so many colleagues at other law school libraries, as well as at law firm, court, government, and public law libraries in the area,” Ito said. “Other AALL chapters are very spread out geographically, and the close proximity is a real benefit. We see each other at business meetings and other programs throughout the year, so we get more of a chance to get to know each other. That has made it easy for me to be able to reach out to another academic law librarians in the city to discuss what they’re doing with legal research instruction, or to talk to a law firm colleague about what legal research databases they’re using.”

The D’Angelo Law Library has a long history of high-profile accolades and appointments, for example:

  • AALL’s Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award—one of the highest awards a law librarian can receive—has been given four times to a law librarian who has worked at the D’Angelo. Former D’Angelo librarians Nancy Johnson (2012), Adolf Sprudzs (2000), Elizabeth Benyon (1992), and Leon M. Liddell (1989) all received this honor.
  • Five members of the AALL Hall of Fame at one time worked for the D’Angelo: Wright, Johnson, Benyon, Liddell, and Sprudzs.
  • Librarians associated with the D’Angelo have won nine major awards from the CALL, including three for lifetime achievement. Lewis also won the Agnes and Harry Reid Award for Outstanding Contribution to Law Librarianship in 2011.
  • Two D’Angelo law librarians have served as president of CALL. Margaret Schilt, the Associate Law Librarian for User Services, in 2014 – 2015, and Lewis in 2008 – 2009.
  • All of the D’Angelo librarians have held leadership positions in CALL at some point. Head of Cataloging Patricia Sayre-McCoy served on the Executive Board and has chaired several CALL committees and is now on the Local Arrangements Committee for the 2016 AALL Annual Meeting. Common Law Bibliographer Bill Schwesig led the CALL’s Internet Committee for several years. Catalog Librarian Michael D. Brown and Faculty Services Librarian Thomas Drueke have participated in CALL committees.
  • At the national level, Louis-Jacques also has been on the AALL Executive Board and she, along with Lewis, Ito, and Sayre-McCoy, have chaired AALL special interest sections and/or committees. Interim Head of Technical Services Julie Stauffer is a co-editor of the Technical Services section bulletin.
  • Reference and Virtual Access Librarian Connie Fleischer currently is serving on the Illinois Government Depository Council, an advisory group to the Illinois State Library on government information issues.
  • Sprudzs, a former D’Angelo Foreign and International Law Librarian who was instrumental in building and expanding the D’Angelo’s foreign law collection, was a founding member and former president of International Association of Law Librarians in 1959.

“Librarians are born collaborators and rely on their professional networks both to keep current on new developments in legal information but also to enhance library services. We all have many stories about impressing a faculty member or student by getting a hidden gem for them,” Lewis said. “Law library associations are part of the secret to our success—it is not only what you know but who you know.”

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Alert Quarter loans due – please return or renew

Quarter loans charged or renewed before September 21 are due Friday, October 2. Please return or renew your books. Materials may be renewed by logging into the Library Catalog via My Account.

Apply for the D’Angelo Law Library Student Advisory Board

Do 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 in 2012, and the students’ feedback has led to several improvements in Library services. Minutes from previous meetings are available on the Board’s webpage. 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 UBorrow 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 Friday, October 30. For questions or additional information, please contact Todd Ito at tito@uchicago.edu.

Student Advisory Board Application:http://www.lib.uchicago.edu/e/law/using/dllboardapp.html

D’Angelo Law Library Fall Fest, Oct. 14, 1 – 4 p.m.

Fall Fest poster

Law School students, mark your calendars for the D’Angelo Law Library Fall Fest on Wednesday, October 14, from 1:00-4:00 p.m.!

The Fall Fest is a fun orientation to the Law Library’s people, services, and resources, featuring games and home baked goodies made by the Library staff. We’ll have four stations on the second and third floors; each station will fill you in on an aspect of the resources available to you in the D’Angelo Law Library, including personal assistance from a reference librarian, trivia about the Law School, and great ways to relax and get away from the books.

Every law student who visits all four stations will be entered in a drawing for a range of prizes that include signed copies of faculty books, study supplements like the Understanding series, and a special behind the scenes tour of Mansueto Library.

Faculty, staff, and other members of the University community are welcome as well, although only Law School students are eligible to win prizes. See you there!

The D’Angelo Law Library welcomes new students

The D’Angelo Law Library welcomes the JD class of 2018 and the LLM class of 2016. The D’Angelo Law librarians will introduce new JD and LLM students to the Library’s resources and services during tours and presentations during orientation. We hope you will take advantage of our vast resources and knowledgeable staff. There is a great deal of new information to process, so please remember that if you ever have any questions about the Library, please ask us

We’ve gathered what we think is the most important information in the Library Guide for Law Students and in the D’Angelo Law Library organization site on Chalk, the University’s course management system, but we also wanted to highlight our Top 5 services and resources here:

1. Reference librarians are here to help.

Our reference staff is knowledgeable, helpful, and accessible by email, chat, phone, and in person. Each Bigelow section also has a Reference Librarian assigned to teach legal research sessions over the course of the year. You can consider that librarian as your point of contact in the library, although all of our librarians are available to help you. We are available seven days a week through email, chat, phone, text and in person at the Reference Desk. See our Hours page for the exact hours.

2. Start with the Law Library website.

The Library website can direct you to services and tools to help you find what you need to study law and conduct legal research. Use our website to get research help, find databases, learn library policies, and keep up with the latest library and legal research news.

3. Access information using our primary discovery tools.

Library Catalog: You can search the Library Catalog for books, electronic materials, and more. The University of Chicago Library has over 7 million books and access to hundreds of thousands of electronic resources, so if you are looking for something, you should start with the catalog, and chances are we have what you are looking for. 

Databases: The Library offers access to hundreds of databases covering various subjects. To locate a database to use for your research, use Database Finder, a tool that enables you to search for a particular database by name or browse by subject to identify relevant databases. The Law Library also provides a list of the main databases used for legal research

Access to Bloomberg Law, LexisNexis, and Westlaw is restricted to Law School students, and each law student will be supplied with an individual password. You will get this password during your library orientation. If you have any questions about these resources, please do not hesitate to Ask a Law Librarian.

Research Guides: The reference librarians have created research guides on a variety of legal topics. These guides give you starting points for doing research in particular areas of law.

4. We offer a number of on demand services.

Scan & Deliver is an electronic document delivery service that enables members of the University of Chicago community to obtain scanned portions of books or journal articles from the Library’s collections. Requests should be made online, directly from the Library Catalog. Requested documents will be scanned and delivered within four business days. We will scan chapters from books or single articles from journals, provided that the chapter(s) or article does not exceed 20% of the entire book or journal issue. 

We also offer a paging service for Law School students. We will retrieve uncharged Library books located in the stacks of other libraries on campus. This service is currently available to Law School students, faculty, and staff only. Materials will generally be collected within two business days and placed on hold at the Circulation Desk or delivered to the appropriate carrel. You will receive an email when your item is available for pick-up.

While searching the Libary Catalog, you may also occasionally come across items with the location Mansueto or one of the two D’Angelo Law Library annexes. You can request materials from these storage collections to be delivered to the Law Library. It generally takes less than 24 hours, and you will receive an email when your item is available for pick up at the Law Library circulation desk.

5. You can easily get books from other institutions.

Use Borrow Direct, UBorrow, and Interlibrary Loan if you need material that is not available here on campus.

Borrow Direct is a service that can be used to borrow books directly from libraries at the Ivy League universities plus Duke, Johns Hopkins, and MIT. Most books borrowed through Borrow Direct are available for pickup at the Law Library within four business days.

UBorrow is a similar service that can be used to borrow books directly from libraries at the Big 10 universities plus University of Chicago. Most books borrowed through UBorrow are available for pickup at the Law Library within four business days.

If the book you want is not available from Borrow Direct or UBorrow, or if you need it for an extended period of time, you should use Interlibrary Loan. Requests may be submitted online. 

If the material you are looking for is not available from any of these services, Ask a Law Librarian, and we’ll be happy to help you locate the material.

University of Chicago students in other schools and programs are welcome at the D’Angelo Law Library. If you are interested in an introductory D’Angelo tour or a research consultation with a law reference librarian, please use the Ask a Law Librarian service to schedule a time with one of us. 

Microsoft Office training for Law students, Oct. 4

The Office of the Dean of Students and the D’Angelo Law Library are sponsoring Microsoft Office Training for Law School students on Sunday, October 4. This program earned rave reviews when we offered it in the past. It is meant to address what students will see in practice – new attorneys are expected to be able to do anything computer-related because they are generally the youngest person on the team, yet are at the bottom of the pecking order in terms of getting secretarial support. It’s really hard to teach yourself Power Point at 3 in the morning when the partner wants slides edited and the support staff have long ago gone home for the night. This program will give you the basic Microsoft Office skills you will need during the school year, in summer employment, and as an attorney.

The program will be held Sunday, October 4 with Word training from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and Excel & PowerPoint from 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. There is no charge for the program; you can attend the morning, afternoon, or both. Lunch will be provided. You must bring your own laptop; the program will be applicable for both Mac and PC users. 

Students must register in advance for this program at: http://www.law.uchicago.edu/2015microsoftofficetrainingRSVP. 

Please RSVP by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30.

Sponsored by the Office of the Dean of Students & the D’Angelo Law Library.

This program qualifies for up to 60 Keystone Professionalism and Leadership points in the Practical Skills category.

Investor-State Law Guide (trial continues through September 30)

Interested in investment treaty arbitration? Looking for NAFTA and ICSID Convention jurisprudence? Search the ISLG. 

The D’Angelo Law Library has arranged a month-long trial of the Investor-State LawGuide: http://www.investorstatelawguide.com (select “login” at the top right-hand corner of the homepage; this will automatically log you in via IP authentication. 

The Investor-State LawGuide has the following useful research components:  

  • Subject Navigator
    Navigate through an electronic directory of investment treaty law that lays out subjects in branches and sub-branches of ever increasing detail. 
  • Article Citator  
    Instantly see how specific legal instruments relevant to investment treaty law have been interpreted by investment treaty arbitral tribunals. 
  • Jurisprudence Citators 
    Instantly see how decisions and awards have been treated by subsequent investment treaty arbitral tribunals. 
  • Treaties & Rules  
    Browse the text of all legal instruments relevant to investment treaty law in both XML and PDF formats. 
  • Dispute Documents 
    View and filter all publicly available investment treaty decisions and awards. 


Labor Day: All libraries closed

In observance of the Labor Day holiday, all campus libraries will be closed on Monday, September 7.

For a full list of library hours, see hours.lib.uchicago.edu.

Constitute recognized as an “outstanding source” for comparing constitutions

Professor Tom Ginsburg’s collaborative research tool, Constitute: “The World’s Constitutions to Read, Search, and Compare,” has been named one of the Best Free Reference Websites of 2015! Winning sites are selected by the American Library Association Reference and User Services Association Emerging Technologies Section. Criteria for selection include quality, depth, usefulness, currency, and uniqueness of content, authoritativeness, efficiency, ease of access and use.

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The Machine-Assisted Reference Services (MARS) Best Free Reference Websites Committee, in its annotations to the list of 2015 winners, describes Constitute as follows:

[T]his site provides constitutions in force as of September 2013 from most of the world’s independent states. Constitutions are updated as they are amended. A user can browse using an alphabetical list, read in html, download in pdf, search by keyword or phrase, see where specific topics occur in each constitution, and select two to eight constitutions to compare side-by-side on a particular topic. The site has a clean, uncluttered design, with date of the constitution in effect and date of last amendment shown next to each country’s name. It is appropriate for students, scholars, and anyone interested in this topic. Constitute is an outstanding source for learning about and comparing the constitutions of most countries of the world.

Note that Constitute is a result of partnerships of the Comparative Constitutions Project with Google, Google Ideas, International IDEA, and many others. Constitute has not only an English interface (194 countries), but also an Arabic interface (54 independent states). Find out more about the project here

TRIAL (ends on September 13!): Cambridge Law Reports online

world-peace-090420jWe have a month-long trial (Aug 13-Sep 13, 2015) to a new online resource comprising the International Law Reports (ILR) and the International Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) Reports  – the Cambridge Law Reports. The ILR has decisions of the International Court of Justice, other international tribunals, and decisions in national courts related to international law.  We also have e-access to the ILR via Justis’ International Law Reports.  And we have the ICSID Reports in print. Let us know what you think of the CLR versus Justis International Law Reports online. To access the trial please go to the following URL: http://ebooks.cambridge.org/clr/



New online resource: IBISWorld

University of Chicago researchers now have access to IBISWorld.

IBISWorldIBISWorld is a database that provides comprehensive industry reports for over 700 industries ranging from biotechnology to pawn shops.  These reports provide strategic insight and analysis which can be used to gain a better understanding of market conditions and forecasts, industry supply chain, and competitive landscape.

The reports include breakdowns of industry performance, outlook, products and markets, major competitors and operation conditions.  In addition to being able to download the complete report, key statistics can be downloaded to excel and specific infographics can be downloaded and inserted into your own reports and presentations.  

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