Visit Texas Tech Law Library’s New Home Page!

Library Front Page

The Texas Tech Law Library has redesigned the library home page to provide better service for our patrons.  There are some changes to the features from the older site, but overall the site is easier to navigate and more organized.  The Law Library faculty and staff will be happy to assist you with any questions you may have.

On the top gray bar, there are several options that show drop down menus once they are clicked. The first is simply the link to the Law Library home page.

The second is the Information drop down menu. This menu discusses information directly about the Law Library such as the Floor plans, Location Guide, Law Library Blog and more.

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The third option on the gray bar is the Research and Reference menu. This menu is the location that the links to all the information services that the library provides such as a link to the Electronic Databases, links to Westlaw, Lexis Advance, Bloomberg Law, and to the West Academic Study Aids.  You can find a great deal of information commonly used for research and assignments in this link.

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Below the gray bar is the Texas Tech Law Library Catalog search bar. Entering keywords or terms here will take students to the library catalog to begin their search. Clicking on the advanced search box will automatically create a new window to the Law Library Catalog’s  advanced search function.

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Below the catalog search is a red bar with links directing different categories of people to click the links. Students will find the most useful information in the Student Link. Clicking the Student link will open a new window to a Student Services LibGuide that discusses in depth each type of service that the Law Library and the Librarians offer students.

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Finally, at the bottom of the page and below the red bar, this section offers a variety of useful information and links to patrons. This area of the new homepage offers a direct link to the Law Library Blog, The Reporter, and the Law Library Newsletter. Additionally, you will find the Library Hours and how to contact the different departments of the library. Quick links gives links to various parts of the Library website and catalog and also the Law Library social media webpages, as well as the new home for the Law Library’s Noise Report.

Contact Marin Dell, Assistant Director for Electronic and Digital Services, for questions or comments at marin.dell@ttu.edu.

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Guidelines for Excellence in Law Reviews

400x400_fitbox-journal1In 2011, The Scrivener released the Scribes Guidelines for Excellence in Law Reviews written by Bryan A. Garner and Richard C. Wydick.

According to Garner & Wydick, every member of a law review should be required to buy and learn the current editions of these books:

Each edit suggested by a new member of the review should be supported by citation to one of those texts.

A law review office should have in its library current editions of the following books:

The guidelines mention that anyone wishing to become an editor of the law review should be able to certify that he or she has read at least three of the books listed above.

It is also advised to do the following:

  • Fret about the opener of each piece: an interesting lead that immediately predisposes readers to continue (be wary of stultifying “roadmaps”).
  • Insist on good, idiomatic English of the kind to be found in such publications as The New Yorker or The Economist and other first-rate nonfiction publications.
  • Delete every unnecessary paragraph, sentence, and word.
  • Footnote sensibly, not rabidly. Use your head — and repeal any “rule” that requires a footnote after every sentence.
  • As a tonic to your style, as a caution to your members, have everyone affiliated with your law review read Fred Rodell’s Goodbye to Law Reviews — Revisited, 48 Va. L. Rev. 279 (1962). While you’re at it, you should also read George Orwell’s “Politics and the English Language,” 4 The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell 127 (1968) (and widely reprinted).

These are great guidelines for law review editors to become excellent editors. In addition to the above list of recommended reading, I would add William Zinsser’s On Writing Well and Strunk & White’s The Elements of Style.

Spring 2018 ELR Schedule

ELR has record registration numbers this fall, so many of our classes are full, but don’t forget that Prof. Drake keeps a wait list that you can be added to!  Almost every class has a few people pull out the week before class, so a few extra people can always get in the week of the class.

In addition to the classes on our poster below, we’ve added a section of each of our required classes, so our required classes are now offered on the following dates:

RE 6: Secondary Sources: Tuesday, January 9th, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Friday, January 12th, 2:00-4:00pm, OR Saturday, January 13th, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

RE 3: Federal Administrative Materials: Tuesday, January 30th, 4:00-6:00pm, Wednesday, January 31, 5:00-7:00 p.m., OR Friday, February 2, 2:00-4:00 p.m.

RE 4: Case Finding Tools: Sunday, February 11th, 1:00-3:00 p.m., Monday, February 12th, 5:00-7:00 p.m., OR Friday, February 16th, 2:00-4:00pm

RE 5: Using Citators: Monday, February 19th, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 22nd, 5:00-7:00 p.m., OR Friday, February 23rd, 2:00-4:00pm

HeinOnline – Research Tips and Tricks

If you’ve forgotten, HeinOnline is a database which includes many types of legal information including, the Law Journal Library, the U.S. Code, U.S. Statutes at Large, English Reports, and many more.  HeinOnline is an essential piece of your legal research toolkit.  Here are some ways to keep up with what’s new at HeinOnline.

An easy way to find out what’s new in the HeinOnline collection is to subscribe to the HeinOnline Blog (click to see what the blog is like).  The blog provides tips and tricks for better research; covers new databases, content, and tools; and takes current events and relates them to the wealth of material available in HeinOnline.  To subscribe go to; forms.feedblitz.com/7b8,  fill out the quick form (name and email address), then click on “Subscribe.”

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In case you have any questions while using HeinOnline, remember, you can call, email holsupport@wshein.com, or visit help.heinonline.org for FAQs, training videos, and more.

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MyHein is available to anyone using HeinOnline.  You create an account which allows you to bookmark articles and other documents, create and save search queries, and set up eTOC alerts for any serial publication.  To access go to HeinOnline through the library’s homepage and click on the link to HeinOnline under “Research and Reference.”  Once at HeinOnline, click the down arrow next to “MyHein” to get started.

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Another feature of HeinOnline is their Dropbox integration.  You can download pdfs from HeinOnline directly into your Dropbox account from your search results.

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HeinOnline has introduced a new search tool called, “More Like This.”  The new tool reads article text to determine “interesting words” and then looks for similar articles using these words.  If you want to find out more about the new search tool just click on this link for More Like This.  HeinOnline also has a “Searching 101 Quick Reference Guide” to help users search the system more effectively.

These are just some of the features and help available to you from HeinOnline.  Take advantage of these tools to help improve and expand your research.

 

 

Bloomberg BNA’s Health Care Daily Report: Recent Topics

This is the second in a four part series blog post spotlighting Bloomberg BNA’s Health Care Daily Report.

On the left side of the home page, you can click on all recent topics to learn more about the latest news on a specific health care topics.

Below is a view of the home page. The green box indicates where recent topics can be located.

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After clicking on All Recent Topics, the website will direct you to a page with a list of topics. At the top of the screen, you can select a letter to see topics that begin with that specific letter.

Below is a view of the topic list. The green box indicates where you can select a letter to find a specific topic.

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Each topic has a plus button located to the left of the topic name. After clicking on the plus button, a list articles will appear with headlines, the published date, and a short synopsis of what the article is about.

Below is a view of the articles that appear under a specific topic.

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If you click on an article, you will be directed to a page with the article. On the right side of the article page, there is a Snapshot box that gives you a short synopsis of what the article is about and the issues involved. At the bottom of the article page, you can go back to the specific topic, go to related topics, go to courts, or the state. A link with more information about the issue in the article is located at the bottom of the page.

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Access to Bloomberg BNA’s Daily Healthcare Report database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP)

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The CGP is the online replacement to the Monthly Catalog of United States Government Publications, which existed from 1895-2004.  Currently, the CGP contains materials dating back to 1976, but is continually growing to include more historical publications.  Eventually, the Catalog database will include all of the holdings of the Monthly Catalog plus all publications going forward.

One important thing to keep in mind is that the Catalog includes ALL publications, regardless of format that are published by the federal government.  Other finding aids that you might be familiar with (FDsys or govinfo are two examples) only contain publications that are available electronically.  Obviously, not everything throughout history has been made available online, so the CGP is a very valuable tool to utilize when trying to perform comprehensive searching.  If you need to locate a title that isn’t available electronically, the Catalog provides information about where an item can be located as well as if it is available electronically.

 

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The Law Librarians at the Texas Tech University Law Library will gladly assist you if you would like more information or training on using the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP).

Reference Services
806-742-7155
reference.law@ttu.edu

Or just stop by and ask to speak with one of the librarians.

December 2017 Law Faculty Publications & News

Throughout December, the Law Library received alerts for full-time TTU Law Faculty publications and news. Below is a compilation of those daily alerts for December 1 to December 31, 2017.

Books:

1. Gerry W. Beyer, PROBATE AND DECEDENT’S ESTATES (17 & 18 Tex. Prac. 2017-2018 Supp.).

2. Gerry W. Beyer, MARITAL PROPERTY AND HOMESTEADS (38 & 39 Tex. Prac. 2017-2018 Supp.).

Op-Ed:

1. Arnold Loewy & Charles Moster, It’s Debatable: Are college football coaches overpaid?, LUBBOCK AVALANCHE-J. (Dec. 1, 2017 08:15 pm), http://lubbockonline.com/opinion/opinion-columnists/2017-12-01/it-s-debatable-should-mueller-be-fired-special-counsel.

2. Arnold Loewy & Charles Moster, It’s Debatable: Should death penalty be used more often?, LUBBOCK AVALANCHE-J. (Dec. 15, 2017 09:12 pm), http://lubbockonline.com/opinion/opinion-columnists/2017-12-15/it-s-debatable-should-death-penalty-be-used-more-often.

3. Arnold Loewy & Charles Moster, It’s Debatable: Should there be a law against sexual preference discrimination?, LUBBOCK AVALANCHE-J. (Dec. 29, 2017 07:55 pm), http://lubbockonline.com/opinion/opinion-columnists/2017-12-29/it-s-debatable-should-there-be-law-against-sexual-preference.

Cited:

1. Prof. Robert Sherwin’s article Ambiguity in Anti-SLAPP Law and Frivolous Litigation is cited in the following article: James M. Redwine, Does It Hurt to Get Slapped? A Study of the Perils of Citizen Involvement, 32 NAT. RESOURCES & ENV’T 15 (2017).

2. Prof. Brie Sherwin’s article Pride and Prejudice and Administrative Zombies: How Economic Woes, Outdated Environmental Regulations, and State Exceptionalism Failed Flint, Michigan is cited in the following article: Toni M. Massaro and Ellen Elizabeth Brooks, Flint of Outrage, 93 NOTRE DAME L. REV. 155 (2017).

3. Prof. Humphrey’s article “But I’m Brain-Dead and Pregnant”: Advance Directive Pregnancy Exclusions and End-of-Life Wishes is cited in the following article: Carol Sanger, The Lopsided Harms of Reproductive Negligence, 118 COLUM. L. REV. ONLINE 29 (2017).

4. Prof. Batra and Wesley MacNeil Oliver’s article Standards of Legitimacy in Criminal Negotiations is cited in the following article: Anna Roberts, Dismissals as Justice, 69 ALA. L. REV. 327 (2017).

5. Prof. Casto’s article The Federal Courts’ Protective Jurisdiction over Torts Committed in Violation of the Law of Nations is cited in the following article: Chris Thomale, Sovereign Wealth and Social Responsibility, 52 WAKE FOREST L. REV. 981 (2017).

6. Prof. Huffman’s article Margin of Error: Potential Pitfalls of the Ruling in The Prosecutor v. Ante Gotovina is cited in the following article: Stephen Townley, Indiscriminate Attacks and the Past, Present, and Future of the Rules/Standards and Objective/Subjective Debates in International Humanitarian Law, 50 VAND. J. TRANSNAT’L L. 1223 (2017).

7. Prof. Camp’s article Initial Take on the Kuretski Language in the PATH Law is quoted in the following article: Michael D. Kummer and James G. Steele III, What Other Courts Can Learn from Tax Court Exceptionalism, 2017 TXN 48-26.

Quoted:

1. Prof. Bryan Camp is quoted in the following article: Kate Davidson, Tax Overhaul Leaves Little Time for Adapting to the Changes; Many provisions in the rewrite of the tax code take effect in days, leaving scant time for government agencies, businesses and individuals to adjust, WALL ST. J. ONLINE (Dec. 20, 2017 04:54 pm), https://www.wsj.com/articles/tax-overhaul-leaves-little-time-for-adapting-to-the-changes-1513806864.

News:

1. Associate Dean Humphrey has been selected as a recipient of the 2017 Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching Award for Texas Tech University. This award is the highest honor given by the Texas Tech University System to faculty members.

2. Associate Dean Humphrey was appointed by President Schovanec to the search committee for the Texas Tech University Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

3. Associate Dean Humphrey presented “Uncovering the Mystery of the Texas Grievance System” at the November luncheon of the Amarillo Area Bar Association.

4. On Thursday December 14th, a point-counterpoint discussion was held at St. John’s United Methodist Church between Texas Tech Law Professor Arnold Loewy and attorney Charles Moster over the topic “Good or Bad Idea: Allowing Women to Determine to Carry a Pregnancy to Full Term or Abort Earlier?” as a part of the Lubbock Interfaith Dialogue meeting.

5. The President-Elect of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Skip Fox, appointed Professor Gerry W. Beyer to the following committees for the 2018-2019 academic year:
Chair:
• State Laws Committee
Member:
• Academic Membership Committee
• Digital Property Committee
• Legal Education Committee
• Program Committee

The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel is a national organization of approximately 2,600 lawyers elected to membership by demonstrating the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence, and experience as trust and estate counselors.