What’s New at the Law Library!

Returning students should notice several changes that have occurred in the Law Library over the summer.  However, in case you haven’t noticed, here are a few of the major changes:

 You can see! We changed from canned lights to fluorescent lights in many of the study areas throughout the Library.  For example, the study area immediately inside the glass doors on the first floor is much brighter than it used to be.  Check out the areas along the atrium on the second, third, and fourth floors.  You can see!  We are continuing to look for a solution to the lighting problems in the Reading Room.  New table lamps should appear sometime during the semester and perhaps more track lighting. 


 Electrical outlets.  I’m sure that many of you who like to plug-in your laptop have been frustrated with the lack of electrical outlets in convenient locations.  We have done several things to improve this situation.  First, we added floor outlets under many of the tables throughout the Library.  You no longer have to move the tables to stretch your electrical cords to a wall outlet.  In some places where we could not put a floor outlet we have tried to make it more convenient by adding power strips.  In the stacks you will find power strips attached to the bottom of the shelving near many tables.  We also attached power strips to the tables in the Reading Room that are along the large windows (they are attached on the window side of the tables). 


 Rare Book Room.  Hopefully you have noticed the new room on the first floor of the Library (near the restrooms).  This is the new Rare Book Room.  The Library lost its previous Rare Book Room in the renovation and needed a new space to house its collection. 


 Additional Seating.  We added a few new seating areas in the Library over the summer.  Check out the second floor of the Library - you will find new soft seating near the elevator and toward the back of the atrium.  There are also additional tables scattered throughout the stacks. 


 Shifting the first floor collection.  The addition of the Rare Book Room on the first floor has made it necessary for us to rearrange the collection on this floor.  Unfortunately, the room was not completed until near the beginning of the school year so we were unable to finish this project before classes started.  We will continue to work on it but will try to contain the noise as much as possible.


I’m sure there are other that I have forgotten!  Look around and see for yourself what is new at the Law Library.

Linda K Fariss, Associate Director

Volume 18,  No. 1,   August 2007

Text Box: New and Noteworthy:
Interested in learning what new books were added to the law library over the summer?  The law library maintains a monthly list of new acquisitions, arranged by subject, on its website.  To view the lists, just click:
Dick Vaughan, Acquisitions & Serials Librarian

New Format for Res Ipsa Loquitur

For the past several years the Library’s newsletter, Res Ipsa Loquitur, has been issued in print format on a monthly basis during the academic year.  Over the summer we decided to change the format and the frequency of publication.  Starting with this issue, the newsletter will be issued in electronic format and will be distributed on a quarterly basis - August, November, February, and May.  We will include short news items as well as lengthier articles on subjects that we think will interest you.  In addition, we will continue the “Suggestion Box” column, so keep those suggestions coming!








Any feedback you would like to give on the new format is much appreciated.  You can contact me at or stop by my office (Room 105B in the reference office of the Library).

Linda K. Fariss, Associate Director


Everything in the Law School shifts into high-gear with the beginning of another academic year, and the Law Library's Public Services staff is no exception.  Starting with orientation tours for the entire incoming first-year class, the Public Services librarians expect to  provide lectures, tours, bibliographic and computer instruction to well over 2000 students this semester.  The librarians will also be guiding a substantial number of non-law students in the use of the Law Library and its collection.  Students from a wide range of disciplines, such as Journalism, Business, SPEA, Telecommunications and Political Science will be receiving training in the use of periodicals indexes, legal encyclopedias and the reporter systems during the months of September and October.

In order to make tours of Library less disruptive to students studying in the Reading Room and on the First Floor, the Public Services staff will post notices of upcoming tours so that students can seek other study areas during those times.

Keith Buckley, Collection Development Librarian


During the last few weeks of the 2007 Spring Semester, the Law Library conducted the Jumpstart Legal Research Program, providing concentrated remedial research skills training for law students who were either beginning their professional careers or working as summer associates and clerks.  In order to expand the program and better prepare next summer's body of graduates and clerks, the Reference Staff would like to invite all returning Jumpstart students to drop by the Reference Office during the first few weeks of the semester and tell them about your work-related research experiences.  We are especially interested in whether or not you felt adequately prepared for most of your research tasks, how the Jumpstart sessions helped you and, most importantly, what else we could have told you or what we should be telling you about research in the practicing environment.  If you don't have time to sit down with us during this hectic period of the semester, we would appreciate it if you could jot down your ideas and leave your notes at the Reference Desk.  Your comments will help us in structuring next spring's Jumpstart Program and find new ways of making I.U. law students better researchers, better lawyers, and better prospects in an extremely competitive job market.

Finally, remember that if you discover that you've forgotten some of your newly-acquired research skills by the end of the school year, we'll be more than happy to see you at next spring's Jumpstart sessions.

Keith Buckley, Collection Development Librarian

BNA Adds New Content

Since subscribing to all BNA content offered to law schools over a year ago, the Law Library has acquired even more BNA content:

· Corporate Compliance Library

· Digital Discovery and e-Evidence

· Life Sciences Law & Industry Report

· Media Law Reporter

· Medical Devices Law & Industry Report

· White Collar Crime Report

· World Communications Regulation Report

All of these items may be accessed from the BNA All link on the Law Library’s Online Resources page. Also, at the top of the BNA All page are links to subscribe to email alerts pertaining to the content in most of the BNA sources.   For additional information, contact Peter Hook (

Peter Hook, Electronic Services Librarian

Searching for LLM and SJD Theses in the Library

Students occasionally ask how they can search for LLM and SJD theses in the Law Library.  In particular, they usually hope to find some database that will permit electronic searches by subject.  Although no database exists specifically for that function, it is quite possible to search for theses by subject in the Library’s online catalog, IUCAT.

The Advanced Keyword Search screen provides the best method of retrieval in this case.  If the searcher combines the subject search words “dissertations Indiana” (no quotation marks in the actual search phrase) with a subject search for the topic of interest, IUCAT will retrieve a list of records for all LLM and SJD theses covering that topic.  For example, the subject search “dissertations Indiana” combined with the subject search “copyright” retrieves 13 theses that have been submitted at the IU-Bloomington Law School on some aspect of that topic.  If the searcher is interested only in LLM or SJD theses, he or she can add either the keyword “LL.M” or the keyword “S.J.D” to the search.

IUCAT does not contain the actual text of the theses.  However, it does provide the call number, which the patron can use to locate the thesis in the collection.   The theses are shelved together, so the call number will always begin with “K9900.”

Ralph Gaebler, Foreign & Int’l Librarian

Out with the Old Format!


New to Law School? Or have you forgotten where to find government information? The Law Library provides access to free and subscription-based indexes and full-text sources of government publications. These databases are accessed from the Law Library Online Resources web page, grouped under the heading Government Resources.

Here is a quick overview of resources for locating government documents (including bills, hearings, reports, debates, statutes, regulations, committee information, agency decisions and treaties).

Subscription (available to users on IU Bloomington Campus only or remotely through our proxy server):

· LexisNexis Congressional is the most comprehensive source for providing indexing, abstracts, and full-text (PDF and text formats) of U.S. Congressional documents from 1789 forward.

· HeinOnline is a valuable resource because it provides full-text documents in PDF format and all document series are inclusive back to their inception. Documents include the CFR and Federal Register, Statutes at Large, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, a Treaties and Agreements Library, Official Opinions of the U.S. Attorneys General, Opinions of the Office of Legal Counsel of the United States Department of Justice, U.S. Reports (including slip opinions and preliminary prints). Forthcoming digitized collections will include the Congressional Record (permanent edition) and notable U.S. federal agency publications.

· is most useful for legislative tracking and for its full coverage of happenings on the Hill. This service also includes CQ Weekly and topical databases like the CQ Budget Tracker.

Free (accessible anywhere):

· Thomas provides summary and full-text of congressional publications back to 1973.

· GPO Access provides access to information and full-text documents produced by the three branches of the federal government. Full-text documents, available in both PDF and text formats, go back to 1993-94.

· is an easy-to-search, free-access web site designed to give you a centralized place to find information from U.S. local, state and federal government agency web sites. offers a powerful search engine, an A-Z Agency Index, and a topical directory of web-accessible government information and services to help you find what you need.

If you need any assistance locating government information, don’t hesitate to ask me!

Jennifer Bryan Morgan, Documents Librarian

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