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Resources for Final Exam Period

December 14, 2020

This has been a challenging semester, but you are so close to the finish line. The Fall term is drawing to an end and winter break is in sight. You can do this! And don’t forget that librarians are here to help! Study hard but take time to relax and recharge, The staff at Biddle Library wish you the best of luck on your finals and hope you have a safe and joyful holiday season.

Digital Study Aids

The library has subscriptions to study aids packages from the three major legal publishers. Use the links below or on the library’s website so that you can log in with your Pennkey to use these resources at no cost.

In addition to searching the platforms, all of the ebooks in these packages can be found in the Biddle Library’s LOLA catalog.

CALI - Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction
Provides online interactive lessons on a variety of topics including all first-year courses and many upper-level courses as well. Each lesson has been written by scholars at law schools around the country and incorporate practice questions that students can use for assessment.

To get started with CALI, create a free account, using your Penn Law email and authorization code PENNSYstu164.

Penn Law Past Exams Collection
Digital copies of past Penn exams on SharePoint. Search by term, instructor, or course.
Visit the Study Aids FAQ on the Biddle website for more details

Virtual Reference Desk

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, reference services are not available onsite; however, Biddle librarians are still available to help with research questions, citations, and finding resources.

The library offers Zoom reference appointments and an online chat service that includes videoconferencing and screen-sharing options.

Appointment and Chat reference hours are Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm.

Reminder: Bloomberg, Lexis, and Westlaw representatives are not holding in-person training or office hours. For assistance, you may reach out to our reference staff or contact the representatives directly.

Study Break Recipes

Whether to take a break from a study session, celebrate the end of the semester, or to enjoy during the winter break, give these recipes a whirl!

Molasses Cookies - submitted by Library Director Amanda Runyon
Makes 2.5 dozen

3/4 cup shortening (Crisco), softened
1 cup brown sugar, packed (dark brown sugar best)
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses (blackstrap molasses best)
2 1/4 cups flour
2 teaspoons soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon ginger
Granulated sugar for dipping
Also good with 1/2 cup golden raisins (softened in boiling water)

Mix shortening, sugar, egg, and molasses thoroughly. Add flour and the dry ingredients. Heat oven to 375.. Roll dough in balls and dip tops in sugar. Place dough balls sugared side up, 3 inches apart. Sprinkle with water. Bake 10 to 12 min just until set but not hard.

Ruth Bader Ginger Cocktail
Makes 2 servings

4-6 ice cubes
3 ounces dark rum
1 ounce ginger liqueur or brandy
2 teaspoons orange juice
2-3 pinches ground cardamom
2 slices of orange
2 mint leaves, slightly crushed

Place 2-3 ice cubes in each of 2 glasses. Place the rum, brandy, orange juice and cardamom in a cocktail shaker or glass jar. Shake vigorously and pour equal amounts in the two glasses. Twist the orange slices slightly to extract a few drops more of orange juice into the liquid, then place the slice on the rim of the each glass. Place one slightly crushed mint leaf in each glass, stir and serve.

If you’re interested in mocktail recipes, you might enjoy this 2019 Above the Law article on law-themed libations, which includes the cranberry-based beverage, Objection Over-Yuled!

ICYMI Finals Survival Tips: Biddle Pets Edition

Last May, Biddle staff created a video on surviving final exams, featuring our furry family members. The video may not be new, but the message still applies and the advice is timeless, so if you missed the video the first time around, check it out!

If you find you have some extra time over the winter break and want a retreat from all things ‘law’ these library resources may help.

And if you didn’t have time to sign up for free news accounts through the library (WSJ, NYT,, and Washington Post), you can register over the break. Visit the library’s FAQ for details.

Study Break and Wellness Resources

Penn Themed Crosswords

Game time! Take a study break and test your knowledge of Penn and Philadelphia with these online crossword puzzles.
Around Penn Law #1
Around Penn Law #2


Penn’s Counseling and Psychological Services provides a wealth of resources for wellness and self-care. You can make an appointment with a counselor or call the 24-hour hotline.
Visit the CAPS website for more information.

Guided Mindfulness Sessions

Take a break to just breathe. You are welcome to join with video or just audio – your preference. No experience required. Questions? contact Elise Luce Kraemer at

Sessions are Tuesdays, December 15 and 22 from 12:00 to 12:30 PM.