Bloomberg BNA Banking Report: Search

This is the third in a four blog post series spotlighting  http://www.bna.com/

Towards the bottom of the home page of Banking Report a Table of Contents can be found. This allows the researcher to do a search of a particular area or case within the Banking Law field. The “Table of Contents” is divided into “LEADING THE NEWS”, “NEWS”, “FINTECH”, “LEGAL NEWS”, “INTERNATIONAL NEWS”, “BNA INSIGHTS”, and “TABLE OF CASES.”

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Another option when researching is do a broad search of the Banking Report database under “FINDING TOOLS.”

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After clicking on “FINDING TOOLS” from the home page of the Banking Report, the finding Tools page appears as depicted below which allows the researcher if they would like to search through the Index or to look for “Reported Cases” either alphabetically or by recently reported cases.

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Under “Browse Indexes” an alphabetical list appears to that the researcher may search by acts, areas of law, and by state. Below the red arrows point to the various options that appear with in the Banking Report Index.

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If a person wanted to keep tabs on the “Affordable Care Act” by clicking on the tab the researcher is able to populate a link to an article explaining the possibility for the change and when that change might occur, in addition to how the change can affect banking laws.banking-14

For example, under 114th Congress 104 BBR 63, there is an article about a statement made by  House of Representative’s member Steve Chabot on the affects of the Affordable Care Act and how he believes it has placed barriers on small businesses.

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Access to Bloomberg/BNA Banking Report database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

 

 

 

Bloomberg BNA Banking Report: Finding Tools

This is the second of a four series blog post spotlighting http://news.bna.com/bnln/

Towards the bottom right of the home page of Banking Report you will find a section titled  “Finding Tools” under this section are two subsections titled “Index Archives” and “Reported Cases.” banking-5

 

To “Search Indexes” a Search box appears and an explanation of “Search Operations.”

 

To look up reported cases click on “View Alphabetically”, and then select a letter of the alphabet to search for a reported case.

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Once a letter is selected a list of reported cases will populate.

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Access to Bloomberg/BNA Banking Report database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

Library Halloween Festivities

happy-halloweenThis year, the Law Library has several events going on to celebrate Halloween and let the students and faculty de-stress.

We are starting the festivities off with our week-long Halloween Monster Coloring Contest. Students can color pages starting Monday, Oct. 24th until Monday, October 31st at noon for prizes. Students have the chance to win by showcasing their artistic talents by coloring Halloween monster and pumpkin pages available in the Library Commons area on the first floor. Turn your entries in to the Circulation Desk.  Judging will take place on Monday, Oct. 31st at 12:30pm and the winners will be announced. Winners will get either a Starbucks gift card so they can get their own Pumpkin Spice Latte, or an iTunes gift card so they can download the ultimate Monster Mash playlist.halloween-photo

We’ll also have Trick-or-Treating deep in the bowels of the library. If you dare, peruse through the librarians’ offices and the rest of the library workspace for tricks, er… I mean, treats! This delicious candy walk will be available right after the law school’s Costume Contest winners are announced on October 31st.

Open Access Week Oct. 24-30

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This year’s Open Access Week theme of “Open in Action” is all about taking concrete steps to open up research and scholarship and encouraging others to do the same.

One way to open up research and scholarship is through open educational resources (OER). The Hewlitt Foundation defines Open Educational Resources as “teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or are released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and repurposing by others. OER include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.”

To truly be open, the OER resources should be free and have the 5 R’s of reuse rights:

  • Retain
  • Reuse
  • Revise
  • Remix
  • Redistribute

If you are interested in making your educational resources open, Creative Commons is a wonderful way to release course content under an open intellectual property license that allows for the 5 R’s of reuse rights.

The benefits of open educational resources cannot be overstated. To show OER impact, one must look no further than the cost of textbooks:

  • Since 2002, college textbook costs have increased 82% (GAO)
  • 2 in 3 students say they decided against buying a textbook because the cost is too high (Student PIRGs)
  • 1 in 3 students say at some point they earned a poor grade because they could not afford to buy the textbook (Student Survey)
  • 1 in 2 students say they have at some point taken fewer courses due to the cost of textbooks.

OER would make textbooks free to students. And a multi-institutional study in the Journal of Computing in Higher Education shows that open textbook adoption has the following impacts on learning outcomes of post-secondary students:

  • higher or equivalent grades
  • higher average credit load
  • higher or equivalent completion rates

Ultimately, using OER in 1 course per year could save US students $1.42 billion (Student PIRGs).

If you would like to find and use open educational resources, The University of Minnesota created an Open Textbook Library that is a “tool to help instructors find affordable, quality textbook solutions.”

Have a happy Open Access Week!

Bloomberg BNA Banking Report: What is it?

This is the first is a four part series blog post spotlighting http://news.bna.com/bdln/

Banking attorneys operate in a constantly evolving industry. From capital requirements, to consumer protection and data security, Bloomberg Law: Banking has everything you need to effectively research the new changes in the banking world. This fully searchable, integrated solution combines banking-related legal news, primary law sources, state law comparison charts and trackers, as well as practical analysis on a single, task-based platform. banking-1

The  “Highlights” section on the home page updates you on the most recent news in the banking world. The most recent articles are presented at the top of the section.

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On the left side of the home page of Banking Report you can find “Hot Topics” broken down into specific categories of “Bank Supervision”, “Capital Requirements”, “Consumer Finance”, “International Banking”, and “Mortgages.”

In the middle of the home page you will see a button titled “News Archive” this will allow a search by date of news that has been covered by the Banking Report.

 

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After clicking on “News Archive” a list appears to start a search of the news that was previously covered for a precise search by date.banking-4

Access to Bloomberg/BNA Banking Report database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

 

Law Library Resources for Stress-Free Law Student and Attorney Careers

It’s no secret that law school and law practice are demanding endeavors. The legal literature is replete with articles on the subject. In addition to the law school’s many student resources, the Law Library has you covered. The Law Library has numerous books in its collection that directly relate to coping with the demands of law school and beyond. Some of these books are temporarily behind the circulation desk on course reserve—stress relief. Below are a few sample books that you might find useful and can be checked out.

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  1. Yoga for Lawyers (KF 310 A43 L67 2014)

The authors are both law graduates and know firsthand the demands of law school. With photos and description of various Yoga poses, this book covers such topics as Restorative Yoga, Yoga in the office and on the go, meditation and calming the mind just to name a few.  According to the authors, the books offers “techniques that can be practiced at home, in the office, and even while taking a break in court.” They claim that their techniques, “can help you improve your law practice by shaping your ability to concentrate and bettering your overall state of mind and well-being.”

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  1. The Anxious Lawyer: An 8-Week Guide to a Joyful and Satisfying Law Practice Through Mindfulness and Meditation (KF 298 C47 2016)

This book provides a straightforward 8-week introductory program on meditation and mindfulness, created by lawyers for lawyers. For example, the book covers topics on:

  • Simple meditation techniques
  • Guidance for establishing a daily meditation and mindfulness practice
  • Practical tools, including access to guided meditations and worksheets that allow one to track his or her progress

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  1. The Reflective Counselor: Daily Meditations for Lawyers (KF 298 C633 2008)

This work offers a meditation-a-day, designed for law students and lawyers alike. Each daily entry includes an introductory quotation, followed by a reflection which is intended to inspire the reader toward optimal performance and well-being.

Remember, these and other books are currently located behind the Law Library circulation desk on course reserve. Stop by and browse at your leisure. The law librarians and staff are here to help you succeed in law school and beyond.

Secondary Sources Research Guide

Secondary sources are the first resource that students should look at when they begin researching a new issue.  Secondary sources will save student researchers time and help lead them to the most important primary resources on their topic.

Here are a few helpful tips for getting started with secondary source research:

  1. When in doubt, start with a legal encyclopedia.  They will give you a broad overview of the law without going into all the intricacies that can be overwhelming when you’re just starting your research.
  2. When possible, use a secondary source that’s specific to the jurisdiction in which your case is being heard.  The law discussed will be directly applicable to your case and the primary sources cited to will be from your jurisdiction.  For example, try using Texas Jurisprudence (the legal encyclopedia for Texas) if you are researching a Texas state law issue.
  3. Not sure what secondary sources to use or how to locate them in Westlaw or Lexis?  Check out our Secondary Sources research guide for screenshots of where to locate each type of secondary source in your favorite electronic database.  It includes a page for each of the key secondary sources: Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Treatises, Journals, ALRs, Restatements, & Practice Aids & Forms.
  4. Ask a librarian where resources might be particularly helpful.  We’re here 8:00am-5:00pm Monday through Friday to help you with all your researching needs.

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