Bloomberg/BNA’s Water Law & Policy Monitor Featured Spotlight: Hot Topics

This is the second post in a four-part series spotlighting Bloomberg/BNA’s Water Law & Policy Monitor.

Bloomberg/BNA’s Water Law & Policy Monitor offers a number of easy-to-use and customizable features. Links from the main page under the “Hot Topics” heading provide topically organized archives of water law updates. If your area of interest is not listed, you may customize your main page to display a link to any of the Water Law & Policy Monitor topics with the “Customize” prompt under the “Recent Topics” heading.

If you wanted to know more about endangered species, for example, you may select that topic from the list provided.

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This takes you to recent news updates on endangered species. One of these of note to Texas is the EPA limiting fracking discharges in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Selecting this headline will take you to the news story. Many of Water Law & Policy Monitor’s stories will include a “Snapshot” portion that will summarize the article in a few sentences. This tool is helpful for quickly finding articles that are responsive to your particular area of practice.

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Access to Bloomberg/BNA’s Water Law & Policy Monitor database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

Easy New Way to Locate Government Documents

The U.S. Publishing Office has a new way to locate government documents. They have created the “Catalog of U.S. Government Publications” or CGP for short.  While the name may not be exciting, the search engine is pretty neat.

This search engine will let the user search for a government publication by name, author, subject, keyword, or government document number.  Use this search engine to locate a government document published anytime from the 1800’s to present day.

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Once you find a document, the record will let you know where the document is located.  If there is a link to the electronic copy, you can access the document immediately.

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If the document is only available in paper or you need to see a paper copy, you can search to see where the closest Federal Depository Library is that owns the document. Once you know where the document is located you can go and view the document.

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This is a great site for anyone who needs to locate a government document.  Many of the documents published today have electronic versions so these items are just a click away!

Just in case you didn’t realize, Texas Tech University is a regional depository library, which means they own everything!  Well….they own an extensive collection of government documents.  This is great news, since it’s highly likely that any government document you are looking for will be available online, in the Law Library, or at the Main University Library.

Good luck hunting for government documents!  Remember, if you need help finding a document you can always contact a Law Librarian for help.

 

Bloomberg/BNA Water Law & Policy Monitor: What is it?

This is the first post in a four-part series spotlighting Bloomberg/BNA’s Water Law & Policy Monitor.

Bloomberg/BNA’s Water Law & Policy Monitor is a news and reference service that provides daily news, legislative updates, case reporting and analysis, and regulatory guidance for water law practitioners.

On the main page of the resource displays a news section that is updated daily. Each headline includes a topic heading and a short summary of the article.

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The archives of these daily news updates may be accessed from the main page. They are divided by the date of publication.

As with other BNA products, “BNA Insights” provide comprehensive analysis of emerging legal issues in water law from BNA’s reporters.

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Notable on the Water Law & Policy Monitor is the “From the Editors” portion on the front page. They inform their readers that the Water Law & Policy Monitor will “[be] more selective in [their] coverage of water supply and water resource issues,” while they retain “comprehensive daily coverage” of water law and policy.

Access to Bloomberg/BNA’s Water Law & Policy Monitor database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

 

Women and the Law (Peggy): MyHein

This is the fourth in a four blog series spotlighting http://heinonline.org/HOL/Index?collection=peggy

Under the tab “Scholarly Articles” on the home page of Peggy, the search provides the number of times a scholarly article has been cited and gives the ability to find the articles for further research.

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After clicking on “Cited by” the search populates all the articles that cite the initial article in the search. This search allows the researcher to generate the list by “Relevance”, “Volume Date” (oldest to newest or newest to oldest), “Document Title”, “Number of Times Cited by Articles”, Number of Times Accessed” (in the last 12 months), “Number of Times Cited by Cases”, and “Most Cited Author.”

To save the articles that have been found create an account at the top of the web page under “MyHein.”

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After creating an account you can save articles under “Saved Bookmarks.” Other options such as, “Search Queries” is also available when logged into a “MyHein” account.

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Access to Heinonline Women and the Law (Peggy) database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

Spring ELR Schedule

Now is the time to sign up for Excellence in Legal Research classes to show your employers that you have the practical skills necessary to succeed in the practice of law! Registration opens on Friday, 11/11, at 9:00am. Please see our program website for more information on the program requirements.

If you’re interested in signing up for ELR classes, please contact Alyson Drake (alyson.drake@ttu.edu), the Director of the Excellence in Legal Research Program, so she can register you for the program in Blackboard.  Once you are registered for the program, follow our registration guidelines to sign up for individual classes.  If a class is full, it will no longer show up on the registration page, but you can be added to the wait-list by contacting Alyson.

Here’s our spring course list:

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We hope to see many of you in ELR classes this spring!

Women and the Law: Researcher’s Tools

Once an article is selected in any of the search tabs, Peggy has a number of functions to make research easier and more user friendly. The functions are highlighted in a red box below. The functions include the ability to download a PDF version of the article, print option, email option, permanent link to the page, bookmark the article, and the ability to go through the document page by page.

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Once an article is selected at depicted above, there is a tool that gives you the cite of the article in MLA, APA, Chicago, and Bluebook form.

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Click on the button “Cite” and a textbox with the citation forms will appear.

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Lastly, on the left side of the page when an article has been selected it shows the reader a “Table of Contents” which can be selected to divide up the article into a particular section that may interest the reader. peggy-10

Subject Compilations of State Laws Now Available in HeinOnline

http://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Welcome 

According to the W.S. Hein website, this HeinOnline library “features a database giving you access to bibliographic records from Cheryl Nyberg’s Subject Compilations Bibliography Series. Many records contain extensive annotations with links directly to articles and other documents residing in HeinOnline. In addition to a searchable database, HeinOnline also includes the exact replicas of the original bound volumes.”

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You are able to browse the materials in two different ways.  You can browse the list of subjects that are contained in the database and you are able to browse the actual volumes that have been published since the first volume was published in 1981.

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Browse by subject:

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Browse by volume:

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If browsing isn’t your preferred method, then you can also make use of the various searching methods provided such as Keyword, Title, Subject and even Cases or Court.

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Sample results from a keyword search for “water law.”  If available, the results will directly link you to publications that are available within the HeinOnline collection of libraries.

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For further information or assistance with using this resource, please visit the Quick Reference Guide or contact one of the librarians here in the Law Library.