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March 19, 2014
Penn Law faculty, current students, and staff now have online access to the New York Times at and through smartphone apps. Registration is required. read more!
January 29, 2014
A quick primer on Justis and JustCite --two complementary and easy-to-use databases for researching the law of the United Kingdom. read more!
January 15, 2014
Exercise and nutrition play an important role in maintaining the health and energy levels necessary for law school studies. For reliable and practical information on food, nutrition and exercise, check out the Food and Nutrition Information Center's (FNIC) web site! read more!
December 11, 2013
Visitors to are now being redirected to What does this mean? read more!
September 26, 2013
Do you need to research a company? Learn about finance or securities law? Maybe find some data that you aren’t too familiar with? Biddle can help! One helpful resource is Bloomberg, which provides useful material in two different ways: the Bloomberg Terminal and Bloomberg Law. read more!
September 12, 2013
The Penn Law community now has access to two new resources in HeinOnline read more!
July 25, 2013
A look at some free New York state legal research resources. read more!
July 10, 2013
The Penn Law community now has online access to several titles from ALM, a provider of legal news and information. read more!
May 8, 2013
The Penn Law community now has access to a new module in HeinOnline, State Statutes: A Historical Archive. read more!
January 30, 2013
The Penn Law community now has access to the online edition of the Statistical Abstract of the United States, an authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic conditions of the U.S. read more!
January 24, 2013
Check out the Digital National Security Archive! read more!
January 16, 2013
Looking for decisions of international tribunals, or interested in the application of international law in a foreign country’s courts? This kind of research can be challenging, since there is no consolidated database of all such case law, and when these decisions are published, they normally lack the headnotes and other editorial content American lawyers and law students are used to relying on. read more!
December 12, 2012
Are you writing a paper about cybersecurity, online copyright, internet commerce, online freedom of speech, or any other issue that in some way concerns the internet? Be sure to check out the BloombergBNA Internet Law Resource Center, available to members of the Penn Law community through the library. read more!
December 5, 2012
The next time you need to study, consider using an app. There are a wide variety of apps that cover law school curriculum, bar exam topics, or CLE programming. Many of these apps are free to download, but require a fee for title-by-title content within the app. read more!
November 14, 2012
The HathiTrust Digital Library contains over 10.5 million volumes digitized by Google, the Internet Archive, and HathiTrust's partner institutions. read more!
November 7, 2012
The IBFD Tax Research Platform is a key resource for researching international tax law. Containing extensive analyses of international tax treaties and national tax legislation and case law for 136 countries, IBFD also incorporates helpful tools for comparing the tax law of multiple jurisdictions and calculating applicable tax rates for cross-border transactions. read more!
October 10, 2012
Are you interested for the battle for the White House? Getting ready to cast your vote for the US presidency? As election day draws near, students and faculty alike will be interested in keeping up with the latest news regarding election laws. Here are a few online resources that may be of interest. read more!
October 3, 2012
Resource of interest: ProQuest Legislative Insight is a federal legislative history service that makes available thoroughly researched compilations of digital full-text publications relevant to enacted United States public laws, with coverage from the 80th Congress (1947/1948) through the 112th Congress (2011/2012). read more!
September 26, 2012
Are you experiencing information overload when it comes to the daily news? Are you tired of wading through expansive news websites to find articles of actual interest? Would you rather spend your time focusing on the topics and issues that you care about? read more!
September 12, 2012
With a new academic year just beginning, changes inevitably arise. For journal students in particular, who wish to search for and obtain primary source Congressional publications, LexisNexis Congressional has been the first choice for comprehensive, quick and easy access to full text PDF images. read more!
July 11, 2012
Congress and the Courts provides a compilation of all relevant Congressional materials pertaining to Article III Courts. Topics include the purpose, formation, organization, and restructuring of the federal government, focusing on the development and growth of the federal courts and... read more!
May 30, 2012
The World Bank is well-known for its international efforts to provide developing countries with loans needed for capital improvements. Recently, the organization announced that it is going to make its "research outputs and knowledge products" freely available to the public. read more!
May 9, 2012
Written by Genevieve Tung, Biddle Intern As the end of the 2011-2012 Supreme Court term approaches, all eyes will be on First Street, anticipating a slew of important arguments and opinions. Law students, constitutional scholars and federal litigators will have lots to... read more!
April 25, 2012
The Penn Law community now has access to the following resources: American Indian Law Collection, IEL Energy Law and IEL Environmental Law. read more!
April 11, 2012
Here’s a new way to keep an eye on what’s happening in Washington. MetaVid is a new video archive of the U.S. Congress, containing footage of legislative sessions going back to 2006. You can search or browse clips by the name of the speaker, words spoken, date, and user-contributed tags (categories of which include “Volcano,” “Tea Party” and “As Seen on the Daily Show.”) By combining a video library with a wiki format, the collection should get stronger and easier to use as its audience grows. read more!
March 28, 2012
Elvis Costello reportedly once quipped that "writing about music is like dancing about architecture." So what happens when musicians write legal briefs? It turns out, of course, that music and law have a longstanding and tempestuous relationship. Music may have charms to sooth the savage beast, but it also has the power to drive people to court. read more!
March 21, 2012
 By Ellen Qualey, Reference LibrarianResearching a case that is pending in federal court? Interesting in obtaining a brief and can’t find it on Westlaw or Lexis? Explore PACER, the Public Access to Court Electronic Records database. Provided by the United States... read more!
March 12, 2012
Students, faculty and staff at Penn Law now have access to Lexis Advance, a new legal research database from LexisNexis. read more!
March 7, 2012
 Biddle Law Library recently acquired four Lexis Nexis databases of foreign law, to assist in researching Chinese law, Canadian law, French law, and European Union law.Lexis China is a bilingual database incorporating laws, regulations, case law, and government documents from... read more!
February 29, 2012
Check out the new Penn Law edition of LibX, a browser add-on that can be used to quickly get access to library resources. Installing LibX Download LibX for Firefox (version 5.0 and higher) or Google Chrome. After it is installed,... read more!
February 22, 2012
 By Merle Slyhoff, Collection Development LibrarianMany law students and faculty depend on the William S. Hein Company for easy access to pdfs of journal articles, U.S. Code, U.N. materials and more.   Access is now even easier with the new HeinOnline app. HeinOnline (HOL), the largest... read more!
February 15, 2012
 Biddle Law Library subscribes to three bilingual Chinese law databases.  In November 2011, iSinolaw entered into a cooperative agreement with Thomson Reuters.  As a result of this agreement, iSinolaw was replaced by Westlaw China on February 14, 2012. Content previously available... read more!
December 14, 2011
 By Genevieve Tung, Biddle Law Library Intern You may already know and love HeinOnline for its collection of law reviews, administrative materials, Supreme Court decisions, treaties and more. Now you can enjoy the easy-to-read PDF format on the go (and without printing)... read more!
October 19, 2011
 Regular Biddleblog readers may recall that I wrote about MetaLib on May 11, 2011.   MetaLib, of course, is a federated or meta search engine, which “searches multiple U.S. Federal government databases, retrieving reports, articles, and citations while providing direct links... read more!
October 5, 2011
 Biddle Law Library has recently acquired several electronic resources useful for those interested in foreign law research.Israel Law Reports, the reporter for key Supreme Court of Israel decisions in English translation, is now available as part of HeinOnline. By selecting the... read more!
September 21, 2011
The Biddle Law Library recently acquired ProQuest Legislative Insight, a new database to assist with your legislative history research.Like Penn's subscription to ProQuest Congressional (formerly LexisNexis Congressional), ProQuest Legislative Insight provides full-text PDF scans of many legislative documents. Unlike ProQuest... read more!
September 7, 2011
 By Emily Schreiber, Biddle Research Associate   Among the many innovations of WestlawNext is a mobile version for your smart phone. While I haven’t worked out exactly how this fits my needs as a student (my own Droid is pretty much exclusively used... read more!
August 11, 2011
By Emily Jane Schreiber, Biddle Research AssociateHere's an overview of what's available on the shelves and online for the visual arts enthusiast at Penn Law.At Biddle, you'll find treatises--like the seminal three-volume Art Law: The Guide for Collectors, Investors, Dealers... read more!
May 11, 2011
    Many of us are familiar with government search engines such as GPO Access, launched in June 1994, where the Government Printing Office provided electronic access to collections of official federal documents produced by the three branches of government.   GPO Access'... read more!
April 25, 2011
(This is a modification of a 2009 legal research blog post that you may find useful)Going to California to clerk for the summer or to begin a full-time practice? Given today’s challenging economic climate, you may want to consider eschewing traditional... read more!
March 30, 2011
 Google Scholar is a free and popular online search engine, which links to full-text scholarly articles.  As is the case with most search engines, Google Scholar users may wonder whether they are using all of the features to its fullest.     Google Scholar for Legal... read more!
March 24, 2011
        We all love HeinOnline’s easy access to law review and journal articles, but did you also know Hein is a great tool for foreign and international legal research? HeinOnline is an especially user-friendly resource for treaty... read more!
March 10, 2011
 Written by Christopher Milla, Biddle Law Library research assistant and 2010 University of Pennsylvania J.D. and M.A. candidate.(This is a repost of a 2010 legal research blog entry that you may find useful.) Are you spending your summer at a law firm... read more!
February 17, 2011
Written by Steven Singer, Biddle Intern   Law blogs (sometimes referred to as “blawgs”) can often serve as valuable resources for law students.  Resources such as the ABA Journal’s Blawg Directory can help students find blogs covering a range of legal topics.   ... read more!
January 18, 2011
      Lexis and Westlaw research terminals at the Biddle Law Library, 1984Online legal research platforms have come a long way since the days of a dedicated Lexis or Westlaw terminal, and this month the Penn Law community has access to... read more!
November 19, 2010
Have a research project involving foreign or international law for your coursework or journal, clinic or public service-related activities? Biddle Law Library offers access to a wide variety of specialized electronic resources on foreign and international law. Biddle subscribes to country-specific databases,... read more!
November 4, 2010
        Find an interesting New York Times article but need to study for your Civil Procedure exam? Save articles to read later with Instapaper or Read it Later, two web tools with mobile applications that allow you to save articles to read... read more!
October 20, 2010
This blog post was written by Christy D'Antonio, Evening Part-time Reference Librarian, Biddle Law Library  Many of us have watched C-SPAN, a cable television station that focuses on hot topics in American political life. Few of us, however, have visited the C-SPAN website,... read more!
September 29, 2010
  With the passage of the Federal Register Act on July 26, 1935, the Federal Register was created, and for the first time, the public had access to federal rules, proposed rules, orders, presidential documents, and notices.   The notion then, as... read more!
September 9, 2010
This blog post was written by Laura Moore, a Penn Law 2L and past Biddle Law Library research assistant.  The Center for Computer Assisted Legal Education (“CALI”) offers over 850 online lessons to law students and lawyers.  These free lessons cover over... read more!
April 28, 2010
 Written by Christopher Milla, Biddle Law Library research assistant and 2010 University of Pennsylvania J.D. and M.A. candidate.Are you spending your summer at a law firm in New York? Are you worried that you’ll run up your employer’s Lexis and Westlaw... read more!
February 26, 2010
    If you’ve ever tried to conduct a complicated conversation over email with multiple people, you know how challenging it can be to untangle discussions of several topics over many email threads. If the conversation also involves trading a document back and... read more!
January 27, 2010
 Have you ever wanted to read the actual appellant’s brief submitted by Thurgood Marshall in Brown v. Board of Education?   Maybe you are stuck conducting a cite checking assignment for the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and would like to... read more!
January 11, 2010
 Have we heard enough recently about the good, the bad and the ugly of new, innovative and already existing electronic book readers? Most assuredly, at least for now! But, it may be time to think about whether or not there... read more!
December 8, 2009
 When you use an online catalog to find materials for a research and writing assignment, do you usually start with a keyword search? Many library patrons do!    A keyword search may miss some relevant items, though, as it often only searches the most... read more!
December 1, 2009
  Throughout their law school careers, Penn Law students must complete 70 hours of pro bono service. While fulfilling this requirement, many students may encounter an unfamiliar and somewhat arcane system – the Philadelphia courts. Other students end up involved in a Philadelphia... read more!
November 4, 2009
Dear Online Search Expert,I am an experienced searcher. I use Google all the time, but I am new to Westlaw. When I searched the Westlaw databases ALLSTATES, ALLCASES with the terms "power of attorney" and "conservator," it turned up the... read more!
October 28, 2009
  Looking for the electronic version of a journal?  Looking for the print version?  Biddle Law Library can help.  Just click on the link to the Library’s A-Z journal list below, and you are on your way. on the A-Z list... read more!
August 3, 2009
 A couple of Saturdays ago, while most of you were sleeping, relaxing, or mowing the lawn, I was at work.  Well, sort of: I attended a symposium at Georgetown Law Center called "The Future of Today's Legal Scholarship."  Despite the seemingly... read more!
May 4, 2009
Given today's challenging economic climate, more attorneys are choosing to turn away from fee-based databases (e.g. Lexis and Westlaw) and are instead conducting basic legal research utilizing free (and reliable) internet resources.  Although not appropriate for every situation, free... read more!
February 6, 2009
Penn Law School is fortunate to be a beta site for Bloomberg Law (BLAW), a division of Bloomberg, a major provider of business and financial information.Bloomberg describes BLAW as an "all inclusive tool providing in-depth legal analysis, filings, opinions, real-time and archival news, indexes, rankings,... read more!
January 16, 2009
Governmental web sites are usually one of the first places people go for official government information. Few of us, however, know that government blogs exist as a possible source of information. It may surprise many to learn that the federal... read more!
December 1, 2008
Many of us, if not most, use popular online search engines like Google and Yahoo! to search the web. While these search tools often locate what we want, we might still wonder to ourselves, "What else can I have find... read more!
November 13, 2008
This year, the reference librarians at Biddle gave their One L legal research workshops a 21st-century update.  Our focus was entirely on the use of digital materials, primarily those available on Westlaw and Lexis.At the same time, we kept one... read more!
November 11, 2008
Here's a scenario with which you might be familiar.  You're working on a paper, and you know that the trend of what Americans think about some aspect of your topic is likely to be helpful in making your point. It... read more!
October 21, 2008
Did you know that October 14 was Open Access Day?  No?  That's ok, because Ed Greenlee and I didn't either until we were asked by Shawn Martin, Head of Scholarly Communication at Van Pelt library, to commemorate the event by... read more!
October 16, 2008
Law librarians are regularly called upon to provide information with regards to how individual members of Congress have voted on certain topics.  As both a lawyer and a librarian, I am constantly amazed by the availability of U.S. Government information,... read more!
September 16, 2008
Ever been curious to hear the voice of Chief Justice John Roberts during oral argument?  Perhaps you have wondered what the main reading room of the Supreme Court Law Library or the chambers of Justice Ginsburg looks like?  Or maybe you... read more!
November 20, 2007
In 2008, you're likely see a lot more case law available free of charge on the web. (More after the jump.)... read more!
November 19, 2007
If Rupert Murdoch has his way, he'll soon own the Wall Street Journal--and drop the newspaper's online paywall in the process. (More after the jump.)... read more!
November 16, 2007
So you want find out what your professor has been thinking about lately? You want to know what’s been on his or her mind? Here is your chance. (More after the jump.)... read more!
August 16, 2007
A recent program on Public Television featured an interesting story about the conflict between intellectual property rights and traditional knowledge.... read more!
April 5, 2007
As announced yesterday, Biddle Librarians will be in the Clock area from 12:00-1:00 PM today showing the ins and outs of HeinOnline. Snacks will be available. Stop by and learn more; you know you want to.... read more!
April 4, 2007
Have you ever wished that law review articles, administrative materials and/or U.S. Supreme Court decisions were made electronically available in PDF format? Your wish has been answered! These are just some of many materials available to you as a Penn... read more!