Privacy and Security Law Report: Finding Tools

This is the third of a four-part series spotlighting: Privacy and Security Law Report

The Privacy and Security Law Report offers the user a “Finding Tools” feature to help them wade their way through all of the articles in the database. This feature is located one-third of the way down the home page on the right side.

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The “Finding Tools” feature allows the user the ability to search or browse the index archives and view reported cases. When searching the index, the user is able to search by terms and fields, and is able to limit their search by date. There is also a handy “Search Operators” informational insert at the bottom of the page to help the user create a more powerful search query.

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As mentioned, there is also the ability on the homepage to browse the index. By following the “Browse Indexes” link, the user is presented with an alphabetical list of expandable keyword headings. When a keyword is expanded, the user is given a list of articles within that index that discuss that particular subject matter.

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Sometimes the information a user is looking for is not present in the current index. In that case, the user has the ability to select a different index to browse.

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In addition to the index archives, users can also search the “Reported Cases.” They are given the ability to view all the cases alphabetically or to view the recent reported cases. When a user chooses to view the cases alphabetically, they are presented with an expandable A-Z list with links to every case reported.


Finally, by choosing the “View Recent Cases Reported” link under the “Finding Tools” feature on the homepage, the user is able to sort through a list of reported recent cases listed by date. Each case has a link to the information and a brief summary


The “Finding Tools” feature is useful because it provides the user with different ways to browse and search the Privacy and Security Law indexes. It also gives the user a couple of ways to sift through all the reported cases or just the recent reported cases in the database.

Author: Marin Dell

Texas Tech School of Law Library - Librarian, Attorney, Law Library Faculty, Adjunct Faculty, loves all things law, libraries and tech/Tech

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