Legislative Insight Featured Spotlight: Timeline Browse

This is the first post in a three-part series spotlighting Legislative Insight database features.

The Legislative Insight database enable users to trace the development of a public law from its early consideration to its enactment. Through this database, you can search bills, the congressional record, CRS reports, public hearings, and more.

An under-utilized searching tool within the database is the Timeline Browse. The Timeline Browse link is located on the Legislative Insight homepage top menu bar (shown below).

Leg Insight 1The Timeline Browse allows for searches based on broad subject matters–including Education, Immigration, and Water–listing out important acts and related documents in each subject.

Leg Insight 2For example, the Immigration subject timeline spans between 1882, with the Chinese Exclusion Act, and 2006, with the Secure the Fence Act. By selecting “retrieve documents,” you will be re-directed to a pre-filled “Quick Search” form (shown below).

Leg Insight 3A user can then narrow the search results by publication type, date, subject term, or source.


Access to ProQuest’s Legislative Insight database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

NOW ONLINE! Historical Texas Statutes 1879-1960

Historical Texas statutes from 1879 through 1960 are now online. The statutes can be accessed online through the Law Library’s website at http://www.law.ttu.edu/lawlibrary/InternetResources.php. Follow the steps as noted on the screenshot below.  The volumes can be read online or downloaded in PDF format. If you have any questions, please contact the Law Library.

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RBG Coloring Book & National Library Week

ruth-bader-ginsburg-coloring-book-ruth-bader-ginsburg-coloring-bookIt’s important for law students and even law faculty to unwind now and again, and adult coloring books are all the rage!  Need a way to justify that your coloring is law related?  Try the Ruth Bader Ginsburg coloring book.

The pages are available to print for free.  Don’t forget to stop by the Law Library Commons during National Library Week, April 11th to the 15th, and participate in our coloring contest. One category is RBG, and the winners of the best picture in each category, as judged by a panel of coloring enthusiasts, will win great prizes!

Keep your eyes open for more information about the full slate of events we have planned for National Library Week, including Trivia Night on Monday, April 11th.  It’s free and there’ll be pizza and beer for registered teams.  To register your team of six, contact Alyson Drake, Student Services Library, at alyson.drake@ttu.edu.

 

GPO Launches GovInfo To Replace FDsys In 2017

According to a recent press release, The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) launched www.govinfo.gov and ushered in a new, dynamic way for the public to discover and access Government information on the three branches of the Federal Government.

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GovInfo is user-friendly and provides a responsive navigation system that is accessible on smartphones, tablets, laptops and personal computers. GPO receives information from Federal agencies and organizations in all three branches of the Government.

There are more than 1.5 million titles available on GovInfo, with more added daily. Collections on GovInfo include:

  • The Congressional Record
  • Federal Register
  • Congressional Calendars, Hearings, Reports
  • Bills
  • The U.S. Code
  • Code of Federal Regulations
  • U.S. Courts Opinions
  • The Federal Budget

Its content feeds The Library of Congress’ www.congress.gov and the Federal Register site. Currently in beta, GovInfo will replace GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) in 2017.

Research Guides from the TTU Law Library

Do you ever find yourself looking for help getting started in legal research? Do you find yourself wanting to know the basics of a common resource? Do you wonder what resources the Law Library has available to you? If you ever finding yourself answering “Yes” to one of these questions, then you may want to consider checking out the Texas Tech Law Library’s Research Guide Series (also called “LibGuides”).

The Law Library’s LibGuides are 60+ Research Guides (and growing!) on a variety of topics. Four guides are “Library Services”, with guides marketed to different patron groups, such as Faculty, Students, Members of the Bar, and Members of the Public. These guides help different patrons find the services available to them.

small_logoThe next group of guides are our Course & Subject guides, under the collective brand “What2Use”. These guides are resources in particular subjects, tied to particular College of Law courses. Each guide is divided into parts containing primary law sources, study materials for students, and materials for practitioners and advanced researchers. Guides are available for all required doctrinal courses, all bar exam electives, and a number of other popular electives. We are expanding this list, as well as continually reviewing and updating the existing guides.

The other major category of the Law Library’s LibGuides is the “How2Use” guide series. The How2Use guides focus on specific resources, such as Dorsaneo’s Texas Litigation Guide, or general guides on using resources, such as our guides on Legal Apps or Terms and Connectors searching. We are also continually expanding this list, as well as updating existing guides: Watch for guides on legal citation and O’Connor’s Online in the coming weeks.

The last few guides don’t fit into particular categories, but include such topics as bar prep materials, online people & property searches, and a guide for Spanish-speaking patrons to help find Spanish-language resources.

So, check out the Law Library’s LibGuides when you need a place to get started. You’re sure to find something helpful.

Have a suggestion for a Law Library Research Guide topic, or a resource to be added to one of our existing LibGuides? Send your suggestions to Joshua Pluta at joshua.pluta@ttu.edu.

Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL)

This digital resource is available through the Federal Depository Library Program to faculty, staff and students (and on-site library users) of Texas Tech University.  The HSDL (https://www.hsdl.org) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Preparedness Directorate, FEMA and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

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Materials available in the HSDL include resources on policy and strategy, various special collections like CRS Reports as well as theses and research reports.  Also included are various research tools that provide users guidance to locating materials outside of the materials housed within the digital library.

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Another useful section is the Featured Topics section.  They have provided access to selected resources on various topics of current importance or of particular significance to homeland security.  These topics currently range from Border Security to Wildfires, including topics dealing with terrorism, gangs and cyber security.

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Other useful resources that are available in the Homeland Security Digital Library include an Ask a Librarian feature and the On the Homefront blog.  The Ask a Librarian function allows users to ask research questions any time of day or night, while the blog will let researchers stay up to date on current events.  There is even a calendar of upcoming events.

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Visit the Homeland Security Digital Library (https://www.hsdl.org) and explore all of the numerous resources at your disposal. Just remember that you need to be connected to the university network to have full access.

Monitoring Social Media & the 2016 Presidental Election

LexisNexis has a new site, U.S. Presidential Campaign Tracker, that allows viewers to monitor how the medial is covering the 2016 Presidential Election.

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This site provides a variety of charts that shows various type of information including; Top Candidates 30-Day Coverage, Political Party Article Sentiment and Twitter feeds.

The Political Party Article Sentiment shows the number of media articles published by political party and then shows the percentage of positive, negative and neutral treatments of the articles.

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There is also a list of Twitter feeds from various people concerning the election which is interesting to follow.twitter feeds

This is a really interesting site to check-out if you are interested in the elections!