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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!
November 6, 2013
Proquest Dissertation and Theses Fulltext (formerly Dissertation Abstracts) is a database of dissertations in a wide variety of disciplines from economics and religious studies to history and philosophy. 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!
March 27, 2013
Some helpful guidance on finding United Nations documents, from Biddle's Foreign and International Law Librarian. 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 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 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
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!
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 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!
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 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!
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 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!
February 8, 2012
 Reviewed by Tim Von Dulm, Head of Reference ServicesAre you new to the law and confused about how to read legal citations and approach legal research problems? Maybe you would like to learn about how to conduct federal legislative histories?  Perhaps you are looking... read more!
November 2, 2011
You need to find books for a research paper on antitrust in baseball. Are you a Shelf Browser or a LOLA Browser? Do you find the area in the Biddle stacks where books on your topic are shelved and browse, making you... 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!
June 20, 2011
For students doing clerkships in New Jersey or law graduates working for firms and other organizations in the state, there are a number of legal research resources freely available on the internet. Many of the websites listed below are maintained by... 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 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!
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!
July 14, 2010
 Would you like to see the research that helps Congress frame issues?  If so, you will want to look the Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports. As an agency of the Library of Congress, CRS functions as the "personal librarian" to congressional members, providing... 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!
February 3, 2010
You find a reference to a book or an article that is on point for a seminar paper – but it isn’t at Biddle, on campus, or available as a pdf. Do you give up in defeat and look for a... 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!
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!
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!
April 2, 2009
As we enter the March Madness of The Final Four, here is a legal research tip that should help you to visualize the relationships between four primary legal sources.  I like to call them "The Big Four."The Big Four comprises the following... read more!
March 20, 2009
If you have access to Biddle Law Library's electronic resources, you now have access to a new database: AudioCaseFiles (ACF). ACF provides multimedia access to audio opinions and trial video. You can search by course or casebook to locate material from 1L... read more!
February 12, 2009
You’ve heard that a regulation is due any day now, and you can’t wait to see it.  Where do you turn? The Office of the Federal Register has created the Public Inspection Desk to provide online access to materials that will... 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 23, 2009
When you put a title in Biddle's online catalog, LOLA, often you will see a result like the following:  LEWIS          KB78.a8 U58c          ASK CIRC DESKThis means you need to go to the... 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 25, 2008
Reference librarians like to help people find useful information; it is one of the joys of our jobs.  Recently, I have been asked by several patrons where they can access PDF copies of information produced by the Federal Government.  As a... 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!
March 9, 2008
When I worked in the University of Pennsylvania’s Van Pelt Library, I spent much time browsing the DS 500 area of the stacks for books on the Vietnam War. (More after the jump.)... read more!
February 5, 2008
Think blogs are fair game for citation in law review and journal articles, and even court opinions? You're not alone. (More after the jump.)... read more!
February 1, 2008
As a Vietnam Veteran, I find the Iraq situation fascinating. (More after the jump.)... read more!