End of the Semester Library Resources

The spring semester is almost over; there are only a couple of weeks left of school and then finals!  This is always a busy and stressful time, however the Law Library is here to help you finish the semester on a positive note.  Here are some items the library has available to you to help you through the end of the semester.

west academic studyaidsThe Law Library has study guides to check out!  We have all different types of study aides that can be checked out or used online (WestAcademic Study Aids).  There are books, cds, and flash cards available for you to use.

aspirin collageThe Law Library also has a supply of items to help you cope better during your studies.  The library has ear plugs, aspirin, ibuprofen, antacids, and bandaids.  The library also has other items to help you like phone chargers located throughout the library, disposable earbuds, laptop chargers, and various projector chargers.

One of our most helpful resources is our study rooms.  We have 5 rooms available and they can be reserved online here.  If you have problems reserving your study room, contact the Circulation Desk (806-742-3957) and staff can help you reserve your space.

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Don’t forget to reserve a laptop if you need one for a final exam.  If your final has the option for laptops you will receive an email notifying you with instructions on how to reserve a laptop.  Please, don’t forget the laptops are first come-first reserved, so make sure you reserve your laptop early!

circulation staff

Our last resource is our best, and that is our staff!!  If you have any questions or need help, please come by and talk to one of our circulation desk staff members and they will be glad to help you get the information you need.

 

Good luck on your finals and enjoy the summer break!!!

Annual Report FY 2014-2015

Time flies breporter link to annual reporty so quickly when you are busy!  In the rush of daily work sometimes it’s valuable to sit back and take a look at what you’ve accomplished last year.

Take some time and see all of the great things that the Law Library accomplished during FY 2014-2015.
Follow the link in the top left-hand column of The Reporter to see the Law Library’s Annual Report.

The front page shows the entire report or you can follow the individual links under the “Associate Dean Message” to quickly see an individual department’s report.

I hope you enjoy this look back at FY 2014-2015!

Monitoring Social Media & the 2016 Presidental Election

LexisNexis has a new site, U.S. Presidential Campaign Tracker, that allows viewers to monitor how the medial is covering the 2016 Presidential Election.

campaign tracker

This site provides a variety of charts that shows various type of information including; Top Candidates 30-Day Coverage, Political Party Article Sentiment and Twitter feeds.

The Political Party Article Sentiment shows the number of media articles published by political party and then shows the percentage of positive, negative and neutral treatments of the articles.

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There is also a list of Twitter feeds from various people concerning the election which is interesting to follow.twitter feeds

This is a really interesting site to check-out if you are interested in the elections!

Umbrellas at the Law Library Circulation Desk

umbrellaIt doesn’t rain in West Texas very often but when it does you might need an umbrella!

Remember, the Circulation desk has a limited number of umbrellas that you can borrow when the rain catches you unaware and unprepared.

All we ask is if you borrow an umbrella, please return it so we can loan it out again!

 

Texas OpenCourts Mobile App

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There is a new app that is freely available which provides “extensive user-friendly information on Texas courts.” This new app launched in November, 2015, Texas OpenCourts, is freely available for Apple and Android devices (Google Play and Amazon).  This app is the creation of Texas law firm, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP.

This app allows the user to search for court information which can be saved as favorites and emailed to colleagues. The information includes; contact information for courts, judge bios and court rules (when available). There are also interactive maps to help located courts at the Federal, State, and Appellate levels.

iphone screen shot texas opencourts

“This delivers all the information you need to know about Texas courts and judges directly to your phone.” This app is easy to use and navigate and very useful for anyone who is using or working with the Texas court system.

Peanut Butter and Jelly…and a Demo program is back!

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Starting Wednesday, January 27th from 11a.m.-1:15p.m., you can come by the Creative Commons (1st floor west side Law Library) and make your own FREE peanut butter and jelly sandwich and see a quick demo!

This week we will help you find out how to contact a Reference Librarian when you have questions! Alyson Drake, our new Student Services Librarian will be there as well.

We will have this program every other Wednesday during the spring semester!

Scholarly Writing Series Instructions

If your professor requires the Scholarly Writing Series as part of your course, please use the following instructions to successfully complete the series.

1. Login to WestlawNext and click on the link to TWEN:

TWEN

2. Once in TWEN, click Add Course:

Add Course

3. Add Texas Tech University School of Law’s Scholarly Writing Series:

Add SW

4. Once added, go to the course and read the Instructions for Students:

Instructions SW

5. Complete the lectures and quizzes and turn in the information to your professor!

*note if you do not print quiz results and turn them into your professor, your professor will not know that you completed the series.