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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!
March 12, 2014
A look at the Penn Law Archives collection of the oldest continuously published law journal in the United States… read more!
March 5, 2014
Biddle Law Library continues to acquire new print and electronic titles.Take a look at our recent acquisitions! read more!
February 26, 2014
A spotlight on the collection of papers from attorney, legal scholar, and Penn Law professor, William E. Mikell. read more!
February 19, 2014
You’re working on a seminar paper and come across a reference to a book or an article that is on point - but it isn’t at Biddle, on campus, or available as a pdf. Do you give up in defeat and look for a substitute resource available on campus? read more!
February 12, 2014
Be sure to check out this database when doing American legal history research! read more!
February 5, 2014
Biddle Law Library is continually acquiring new titles, in print and available electronically. Take a look at our recent acquisitions! 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 22, 2014
Some recommended reading for those interested in Professor Lawrence Summer's upcoming lecture, "Reflections on Policy and the Aftermath of the Financial Crisis." 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!
January 8, 2014
A quick review for all those students who still find the library a little bit daunting... read more!
December 23, 2013
Biddle Law Library wasn't always in Tanenbaum Hall... read more!
December 11, 2013
Visitors to are now being redirected to What does this mean? read more!
December 2, 2013
Students may now use the online reservation tool to book study rooms for Reading and Exam Period. read more!
November 22, 2013
An update to a previous post about the Scottsboro Boys. read more!
November 20, 2013
Biddle has a number of different study spaces for students who are beginning to freak out about exams. read more!
November 6, 2013
Shifting in the stacks! read more!
October 23, 2013
Check out the General Motors Bankruptcy Files in the Archives! read more!
October 9, 2013
Looking for company filings? Need to learn about a new financial regulation? Want/need to learn about financial topics or securities laws? Here are just a few government agency websites which can serve as a great resource: the SEC, the CFTC and the CFPB. read more!
September 30, 2013
You can now check out charging cables at the Circulation Desk! 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!
August 28, 2013
By the end of this week, all 1Ls, LLMs, and transfer students should have received their Bloomberg Law, Westlaw, and Lexis Advance account information from Biddle Law Library. In addition to these databases, Biddle encourages students to make use of a variety of library services. read more!
August 26, 2013
Whether it's because of the state's close proximity to Philadelphia or because you are interested in corporate law, you may find yourself working in Delaware. The Biddle Law Library has compiled a list of useful electronic resources which provide free access to the state's legal materials. read more!
August 7, 2013
Our nation's capital is a popular destination for legal professionals. Here are some free legal resources which may aid in conducting District of Columbia research. 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!
July 1, 2013
Biddle Law Library welcomed a new librarian in June! read more!
June 26, 2013
A look at the value of political cartoons and some sources you can consult. read more!
May 22, 2013
Check out Biddle resources pertaining to the Scottsboro Boys. 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!
May 1, 2013
If you are a summer associate in Pennsylvania, if you intend to join a Pennsylvania firm after graduation, or if you are taking a clinical class, you may find it useful to know about some free legal web-based Pennsylvania resources. While these sites will not replace Lexis Advance or WestlawNext, they are great starting points to begin your research. This post collects a sampling of some free Pennsylvania primary sources covering case law, statutes, bills, administrative codes and regulations, and the constitution. read more!
April 17, 2013
The final installation of the Law in Fiction series. read more!
April 10, 2013
The fourth installation of our Law in Fiction series, featuring the Bard of Avon. read more!
April 3, 2013
The third installment of Biddle's Law in Fiction series, featuring Charles Dickens. read more!
March 25, 2013
Biddle Law Library is looking for several Penn Law students to work on faculty research projects under the mentorship of lawyer/librarians. A wide range of interdisciplinary assignments will enlarge one's research skills and provide opportunities for writing memoranda. read more!
March 19, 2013
The Archives highlights the National Bankruptcy Archives collections related to women. read more!
March 13, 2013
The second post on different Biddle Law Library resources pertaining to the law and fiction. read more!
February 28, 2013
A weekly post on different titles in Biddle Law Library pertaining to law and fiction. read more!
February 20, 2013
QUESTION - TRUE OR FALSE: You need an amicus brief or a memorandum for a case. You know it's a document in the docket, and that means accessing PACER, but only the Biddle librarians can access that resource. read more!
February 13, 2013
Biddle Law Library now provides chat reference services to members of the Penn Law Community! read more!
February 6, 2013
Have you ever found yourself looking for a basic introduction when researching a new area? Look no further than Biddle Law Library's Research Guides. You can find a list of guides for several topics, including Legal Research Basics, Foreign and International Law, and Intellectual Property. 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!
January 15, 2013
 Biddle Law Library's catalog (LOLA & Encore), patron login, and off-campus e-resources will be down for the majority of the day.  ... read more!
January 9, 2013
On May 29, 2012, the National Bankruptcy Archives filmed an oral history panel entitled, An Early History of the United States Trustee Program: Three Pioneers Reflect." Developed and funded by the American College of Bankruptcy, for donation to the National Bankruptcy Archives at the University of Pennsylvania's Biddle Law Library, the panel discussed the challenges that faced the program during its inception, the mixed reception by the bench and the bar, and the ways in which the program dealt with its challenges. read more!
December 12, 2012
Law students are often inundated with information. Who needs more? But everyone acknowledges the growing influence of social media like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Blogs are another social media tool that today's law student and attorney needs to use. The judicious use of information from quality legal blogs is a skill that today's law student needs to master, along with skillful use of Lexis Advance, Bloomberg Law, or WestlawNext. 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 28, 2012
Do you need a quick refresher to help prep for exams? Do you want to brush up on key points of law? If so, you might want to check out the various study aids in Biddle's collection. read more!
November 21, 2012
Have you ever wondered what political events surround the passage of significant Congressional legislation? Context can shed light on the meaning of a statute, by helping us understand what events transpired during enactment and how they might have influenced a legislature’s state of mind and choice of words during passage. 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 9, 2012
What happens to old library books? Sometimes withdrawn library books can fill in gaps at another library, but often law libraries withdraw titles that have become available online. 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 31, 2012
The Honorable Judge Randall J. Newsome served as a settlement and bankruptcy judge for nearly three decades. During his time in the United States Bankruptcy Court he sat in the Southern District of Ohio and the Northern District of California (where he was Chief Bankruptcy Judge from 2004-2010). 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 5, 2012
The archives recently processed two relatively small but informative collections from the National Bankruptcy Archives and the American Law Institute Archives. From the National Bankruptcy Archives, came the Judge Joyce Bihary Papers, and from the American Law Institute Archives, came the Deborah A. DeMott Papers. 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 28, 2012
On May 8, 2012, the Penn Law community lost a great man, Judge Louis Heilprin Pollak. Pollak was a civil rights advocate, former Penn Law dean, U.S. District Court judge, and was regarded as one of the leading members of the judiciary in the country. 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 21, 2012
Smartphones and tablets play such an important role in many people’s everyday lives—or at least it can feel like that sometimes. read more!
September 19, 2012
Who says the Biddle Law Library needs to have just law books? I was walking through the stacks trying to find a book I was interested in reviewing when I came across thislarge, colorful book jutting out from among the others. read more!
September 18, 2012
As we enter the political season full force after the Republican and Democratic Conventions, students of church and state issues will have a number of stories to follow as we approach election day in November, 2012. Blogs offer law students a good way to keep up-to-date on some of the key issues and debates particularly as they relate to the election. read more!
September 15, 2012
In recognition of National Constitution Day on September 17th, and especially in light of Penn law's September 17th exhibit featuring original documents from our country's Founders, including James Wilson, the Biddleblog is pleased to repost this August 31, 2010 blog entry! 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!
September 6, 2012
In 2008, Biddle Law Library (and the Biddleblog) showcased the world of Open Access legal publishing and information. According to the Science Commons, which runs the Open Access Law Program, “Open Access” publishing serves readers and researchers by providing free access to scholarship “without undue copyright and licensing restrictions.” read more!
August 22, 2012
Over thirty years ago, C-SPAN began broadcasting the political affairs of Washington to households across the country. Their recordings of Congressional sessions, political debate, and many other programs provide a wealth of information, contemporaneous and historical, about the discourse and actions which shape our everyday lives. read more!
August 8, 2012
We all know that Google provides access to a world of information through their regular search program. As students, you have probably used specialty search features such as Google Scholar and Books. However, did you know that Google offers a service specifically for searching and analyzing publicly available data sets? Google Public Data provides access to datasets from over 76 domestic and international entities. read more!
July 25, 2012
Does your summer associate or post-graduation legal employment plans entail heading south to the Sunshine State? The Biddle Law Library has compiled a list of free legal resources that you can use to further your legal research projects--and maybe save some money in the process. 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!