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.

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“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:

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2. Once in TWEN, click Add Course:

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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:

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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.

Viewing Electronic Resources During Server Migration

Here is a tip to help you view Texas Tech University Law Library electronic resources during the server migration.

If you are trying to connect with one of the databases and it acts like it isn’t working (see example below):

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REMOVE the EZProxy prefix from the URL and it should work just fine.

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You should be sent directly to the resource.

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If you still have problems viewing Law Library electronic resources after trying this tip, then contact your personal librarian or contact the Reference staff at:  806-742-7155.

 

Stress Busting During Finals

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Finals is a very stressful time during the semester. There is a lot of pressure on students to do well during finals, however, if you stress too much it can be counterproductive. What can a student do to keep on the edge without going over!

The Texas Tech Law School and Law Library are working to provide some relief from stress during finals.

The Texas Tech Law Library will be hosting a Peanut Butter and Jelly Bar on December 2 in the 1st Floor Collaboration area. Students can come and make their own peanut butter and jelly sandwiches from 11a.m. – 1p.m. There will also be some stress busting activities that students can enjoy and take with them!

The Texas Tech Law School is hosting a Finals Coffee Bar, November 30 – December 10. Every day at 3pm students can go to the forum for a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and enjoy a study break!

Also, don’t forget that the Texas Tech Law Library also has study rooms that can be reserved for group study as well as all kinds of study aids. There was an earlier blog post by Sue Kelleher that explained the different types of study aids and where you can find them!

Good luck to all the students who are studying for finals!

Law Librarians’ Society’s Legislative Source Book

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The Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C. is an association established for educational, informational and scientific purposes with a geographical focus on the Washington, D.C. region.  Luckily for us, they have compiled a great online Federal legal source book!

The Legislative Source Book contains many pdfs with information on how to research various types of Federal information.  There are documents explaining how to located current legislative and regulatory activity, how to locate United States Statutes and Code, as well as an overview of the Congressional Record and Congressional Serial Set.  If you want to learn how Federal Laws are drafted they explain it!  Most information is for Federal information but there is some information on State Legislatures, laws and regulations as well.

Overall, this is a very comprehensive source on how to find current and historical Federal Legislative information.

New Database: Tax Notes!!

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Tax Notes is the Law Library’s newest database.  It is a current awareness and tax research database.  This product will help you stay on top of current tax news.  It is easy and quick to sign-up.  Here are the instructions*:

Please go to http://www.taxnotes.com to sign on to the new site.  For the initial sign-in, you need to be within your company’s/university’s IP range.

Please follow these steps:

  • Please go to http://www.taxnotes.com, and click SIGN IN at the top right.
  • In the username field, please enter your Texas Tech University e-mail address.  Click Next.
  • On the next screen, please click on the blue “Register Here” link.
  • You’ll be taken to a Profile page.  Enter your name and Texas Tech University e-mail address.
  • Choose a password and enter it.
  • When you’ve finished the Profile, click SAVE CHANGES.
  • You’ll go to the Tax Notes webpage, where you can sign in with your username Texas Tech University  and the password you chose.

If you have any problems signing up or setting preferences, please contact Marin Dell (marin.dell@ttu.edu) for assistance.

*[NOTE: The user must be a Texas Tech University faculty, student or staff to access.]