Statistical Insight Featured Spotlight: Lib Guide

This is the final post in a three-part series spotlighting Statistical Insight database features.

From syntax searches to a source list of all agencies and organizations listed in Statistical Insight, the LibGuide is the one-stop feature for questions about Statistical Insight. The link to the LibGuide is located on the front page of Statistical Insighton the left-hand column, under “Search Types” (shown below).

statistical insight7The LibGuide comprises of five tabs: About, Searching, Search Syntax, Additional Materials, and Webinars. Under Searching, users can learn how the database’s basic search bar is not equip for full text keyword searches, rendering Boolean commands in the advanced search bar particularly useful (shown below under the Search Syntax tab).

statistical insight8Meanwhile, the Additional Materials tab contains three indexes: American Statistics Index, Statistics Reference Index, and Index to International Statistics. Each index categories are supplemented with source lists, containing the names of agencies and organizations indexed in Statistical Insight; an accession number list, referencing publication types found when searching particular agencies; and a user guide, explaining the organization of abstracts and how to maneuver through particularly voluminous statistical data (shown below).

statistical insight9Access to ProQuest’s Statistical Insight database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

Statistical Insight Featured Spotlight: Result Filters

This is the second post in a three-part series spotlighting Statistical Insight database features. Results that populate in Statistical Insight may be further filtered during the left-hand corner filter box (shown below).

statistical insight5Here, the topic “Firearms” was selected from the Statistics in the News menu bar, yielding over 1,000 results. Results may be broken down by the following:

  • Relevance and Date (most recent or least)
  • Date covered or published
  • Source, including federal, state, and international agencies
  • Countries or Regions, including Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America
  • Local area, by city or county
  • Data break down by age, sex, ethnic group, or income (among others)
  • Subject (which, using Firearms as the example, includes sentences, homicides, accidental deaths, suicides, and infant mortality).

Selecting one filter can also result in additional filter options populating. For example, using the same “Firearms” topic, after narrowing the Country to United States and then Texas, additional subject filters appear (shown below).

statistical insight6Although not exhaustive, the search filter on Statistical Insights is comprehensive.

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

Statistical Insight Featured Spotlight: Statistics in the News

This is the first post in a three-part series spotlighting Statistical Insight database features. For this post, we’re looking at the “Statistics in the News” tab, available on a supplemental right-hand menu bar (shown below).

statistical insight2This section of Statistical Insight comprises of fifteen topics ranging from bullying to renewable energy. Selecting a topic will yield several dozen, or in the case of “Medicare Spending” (shown below), several hundred PDFs and tables of compiled statistics.

statistical insight3Using the blue and gray result bar tabs, results can be filtered by table or PDF.  (note: Additional filter options will be explored in a later spotlight post.) Generally, publications located in Statistical Insight are voluminous, containing several hundred pages (table example by the National Center for Health Statistics shown below).

statistical insight4As with the aforementioned example, Statistical Insight provides professionals and students alike with access to information that would be often difficult to amass.

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

Statistical Insight: What is it?

ProQuest’s Statistical Insight (see below) is a resource hub for full text publications of public domain and licensed statistical sources.

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Statistical Insight houses over 5,000 federal statistical publications, dating back to 1973–in addition to several thousand international and state government statistical reports.

Topics from abortion to the trade deficit are tracked by Statistical Insight’s “Statistics in the News” section (shown below and highlighted in an upcoming post).

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The basic search in Statistical Insight works similarly as it does in ProQuest’s Regulatory Insight and Legislative Insight. Filters can be applied to narrow in keyword searches.

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

Bar Exam-Relevant Electronic Databases: Corporate Law Resource Center

This is the final post in a four-part series spotlighting bar exam-relevant databases.

Bloomberg BNA Corporate Law Resource Center is a comprehensive database, providing everything from corporate law news to case summaries to practice tools for attorneys.

Corporate Law Resource Center 1The Resource Center houses four separate reports: Corporate Law & Accountability Report, Corporate Counsel Weekly, Mergers & Acquisitions Report, and Social Media Law & Policy Report (shown with summaries below).

Corporate Law Resource Center 2The Corporate Law & Accountability Report and the Corporate Counsel Weekly publish news articles daily (shown below). Unlike the news articles published in the Family Law Reporter, articles in either Corporate reports are not as easily searchable by topic.

Corporate Law Resource Center 3Perhaps the most beneficial avenue in terms of news and information compilation, is found in BNA Insights, located on the left column on the Corporate Law Resource Center home page (shown below).

Corporate Law Resource Center 4

Access to Bloomberg BNA’s Corporate Law Resource Center is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website, under the Electronic Resources tab.

ELR Program: You Asked, We Answered

For years, the law library’s Excellence in Legal Research Program has been providing free legal research instructions to any and all interested students to help them prepare for practice.  With 35% of a new attorney’s job being spent on research, the program is more important than ever! Being practice-ready will separate you from other people applying for the jobs you want!

In response to student input, the law library has decided to make a few necessary changes to our award-winning program:

  1. The program is now reduced from 30 credit hours to 20 credit hours, and no class will be longer than 2 hours.  Students who have previously had a hard time fitting in the program should now be able to do so more easily.  Those students already in the program will need to complete 20 credit hours and at least 10 classes to ensure that they are getting the benefit of a broad range of topics.
  2. Students will now only have to take SIX required classes.  Unlike in the past, students will not have a choice of these six classes; they will be required for every student.  This will ensure that every student will have the same strong foundation of knowledge.  Those students already in the program will need to complete six required classes, but will get credit for the old required classes and the new required classes to meet this requirement.  If you have already taken more than six required classes under the old program, the extra required classes will be counted as electives.
  3. A greater variety of dates and times will be offered.  No longer will classes only be offered on Wednesday nights, Friday afternoons, and Saturday mornings.  In our most recent student survey, students said that some semesters they might have conflicts at all those times and be unable to take a single ELR class as a result.  In the fall, the schedule will switch up class times for each course offered, so even if you miss class one week due to an evening class, you will hopefully be able to make it the next week when the class is held on a different night.
  4. We are adding one-hour lunchtime sessions for a few content areas that do not require two hours of instruction.  These classes will be worth 1 credit of ELR and be an easy way to knock out a few credits per semester during the lunch hour.  For these classes, the final assessment will be completed after class, as opposed to during class.
  5. ELR classes will be front-loaded in the first weeks of the semester.  In the past, attendance has gone down in classes offered in the second half of the semester due to students prepping for exams and working on final projects.  As such, the two credit hour classes will be held in the first six weeks of the semester, when students have less deadlines.  The one-credit hour lunchtime sessions will be held in the next three weeks, so all of your ELR classes for the semester will be done before we get to November.
  6. Starting this year, the first year students can get a kick-start on the ELR program by attending all of the fall semester Legal Practice research sessions.  Students who attend every session over the course of the fall semester will get 2 elective credits toward their completion of the ELR program.

To those students already in the program, you should have already received an email on Monday, June 13th from Alyson Drake, Director of the Excellence in Legal Research Program, outlining your current progress in the program and what requirements you need to complete the program.  If you did not receive an email, please contact Alyson and she’ll update your on your progress.

To those students not in the program, it’s not too late to start!  Even if you are a rising third year student, there is still to complete the program.  All the mandatory classes will be offered this academic year at least once and each semester we are offering 15 hours of ELR instruction.  Contact Alyson Drake at alyson.drake@ttu.edu if you want to sign up for the program.  She will get you registered to the Blackboard site so you are ready to sign up for classes as soon as the registration opens in July.

The fall schedule will be released in an email to students on July 12th at 9:00am, so keep an eye out!  Registration will open on July 13th at 9:00am.  We hope to see more students than ever in ELR classes next year.

Bar Exam-Relevant Electronic Databases: Family Law Reporter

This is the third post in a four-part series spotlighting bar exam-relevant databases.

The Bloomberg BNA Family Law Reporter is published once a week, each Tuesday. The front page of the Family Law Reporter contains all the headlines from the weekly edition and a complete topical index below, where readers can single out articles concerning specific topics, from Adoption to Wills & Estates.

Family Law Reporter1Using the left side menu, readers can further search through recent topics, law firms mentioned in articles, and by court. All the links take the reader to a separate landing page, where subjects are alphabetized (shown below).

Family Law Reporter2Alternatively, readers exclusively seeking information concerning recently reported cases can do so through clicking the “Finding Tools” link, located on the blue menu bar, and selecting “View Recent Cases Reported”. Each case is provided with a short, one to two sentence summary (shown below).

Family Law Reporter 4Access to Bloomberg BNA’s Family Law Reporter is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website, under the Electronic Resources tab.