FBI Records: The Vault: Record Requests

This is the last in a four part series featuring the FBI records Vault. Each part highlights a different feature of the site.

FBI records can be requested through both the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act. to request a record you can submit your request a couple of different ways explained on the FBI website. Once You have made a request you may check on it through The Vault site.

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Status information is updated weekly. You need your FOI/PA request number to use this feature.

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There are some exemptions to the FOIA/PA which are explained on the site.

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The Vault can be reached through the FBI website under the Services Tab.

FBI Records: The Vault: Exploring a Report

This is the third part in a four part series featuring the FBI records Vault. Each part will highlight a different feature of the site.

When you click on a file, it loads in a reader that enables you to view one or two pages at a time, search for key words, shrink or enlarge the size of the text, use different scroll features, and more. In many cases, the quality and clarity of the individual files has also been improved.

The files can be accessed by a couple of different ways from the home page.

You can select a category, search for something specific, or look through their index.

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Once you select a topic the available files will be displayed.

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You can look through the file in the browser or open and download the pdf version.

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The Vault can be reached through the FBI Website under the Services Tab.

Law.com: A New Legal News Service

The Texas Tech University Law Library has a full subscription to Law.com. Law.com is one interconnected platform that serves all 18 online U.S. national and regional legal publications including news, rankings, reports, and strategy, produced by American Lawyer Media (ALM). It includes: The American Lawyer, Texas Lawyer, The National Law Journal, New York Law Journal, Supreme Court Brief, Corporate Counsel, Legaltech News. Legal Week, Inside Counsel, The Recorder, and others.

Access to Law.com

For Students

Students can access Law.com on campus and remotely with eRaider. You need no sign-in on Law.com to access the full text of articles. In addition, students do not need to subscribe or respond to pop-ups offering a subscription. Notes: You cannot sign in with your LexisNexis account information even though you are given this option.

For Faculty

Faculty can use eRaider to access Law.com as well. However, faculty need to create your own username and password to receive and open topical email alerts.

A customized alert is your personalized alert generated from a keyword search or topic of your choosing. When creating an alert, you will have the option to specify the frequency – daily or weekly – as well as the day and time you would like to see it in your inbox. Faculty can easily manage your alerts from your My Account page.

Law.com has pre-created logins for TTU law faculty. To active your faculty login credentials, please reset your password at Law.com login page. After entering your TTU email, faculty will need to select “Forget Password”. Then you will receive a password reset email from Law.com. Once faculty update your password, your can access Law.com with your TTU email.

For more information about Law.com, please contact Electronic and Digital Services Librarian, Dajiang Nie.

VerdictSearch: A New Database to Search Jury Verdicts

The law library recently purchased VerdictSearch. VerdictSearch is a verdict reporter that solicits feedback from the winning and losing attorneys. VerdictSearch uses consistent data-collection criteria across all jurisdictions, so when users compare cases, you will get comprehensive and unbiased analysis.

The most common search is for case-valuation purposes. Researchers want to know what a particular injury is worth in a particular venue, for a plaintiff of a particular age and/or gender. These searches can also include the relevant insurer. Other common searches include expert-witness histories, lawyer or law-firm histories, searches for cases with comparable fact patterns, and searches for cases against particular parties.

Jurisdiction Coverage

Besides Texas, VerdictSearch also covers 13 other jurisdictions, including California, Carolinas, D.C. Metro, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, New England, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and National.

Content Coverage

VerdictSearch comprises more than 200,000 cases. In some venues, its coverage dates to the 1980s, but most venues have about 20 years of data.

Each case report includes a full narrative of the facts, allegations, injuries, damages and result. Other key data points include, when available and relevant, expert witnesses, attorneys and law firms, insurers and coverage limits, settlement offers and demands, and docket information, such as the caption, index number, court and judge.

Access to VerdictSearch

Law school users can visit VerdictSearch or find it in the Law Library Electronic Resources List. Law school users can access VerdictSearch off campus with eRaider. Though you do not need to create individual account, you must click Login icon at the top right corner to start your research.

Searching in VerdictSearch

VerdictSearch allows users to combine several or many parameters to ensure case results match your exact criteria. As users enter search terms and make selections in drop-down menus, the red preview box will display how many results match the current criteria. Run a search at any time by clicking the Search button in that red preview box. Users can use any or all criteria on the screen to narrow results.
Search fields include:

  • Keyword box – at the top of the search screen. You can enter a single search term, using standard Boolean search operands (AND, OR, etc). Putting phrases in quotes will ensure all words are matched. Examples of searches using this field can be found by clicking the ? button at the top right of the box.
  • State & Venue – allows you to narrow your search to particular states or even county court systems
  • Case Details – allows you to search for injury type or case type, with many options
    • Ex. Dog Bites involving Wrist injury
    • Ex. Medical Malpractice involving Cardiac incidents
  • People – search cases involving particular judges, experts, lawyers or parties, or demographics of parties (i.e. infants or women aged 40-65)

Once a user has run a search, you will see filters on the left-hand side of the page, which allow you to further refine your results. Simply check off the boxes of the additional restrictions you’d like to place on your results and click the red Search button on the pop-up to update your results. To remove filters, click the red X next to them at the top of the Filter section.

Download Copies of Cases

Cases can be exported in PDF or Word form from the database, either singly or a full page of search results. Cases have condensed and full-view options upon printing or exporting. If you need to download more than 10 cases per day, please contact law library for help.

From the Search Results page, you can export all of your cases to PDF or Word by clicking the appropriate buttons at the top of the list. Exports are limited to a single page of search results. You can export all cases in full, or select a summary instead. You can also email a set of cases using the Email button.

From the single case view, you have the option to export the case as a PDF or Word Document, either a full case view or a one-page version. You can also email the case using the Email button.

If you have any questions, please contact Electronic & Digital Services Librarian, Dajiang Nie, at dajiang.nie@ttu.edu.

Summer Associates/ New Graduates Access to Westlaw, Lexis +, and Bloomberg

TTU Law Library is committed to providing resources to support our summer associates and graduates as you take the next step in your legal career.

Westlaw

Continuing students will have access to Westlaw over the summer for unpaid, non-commercial research, and no special registration is required. Permissible uses include:

  • Summer coursework
  • Research assistant assignments
  • Law Review or Journal research
  • Moot Court research
  • Non-Profit work
  • Clinical work
  • Internship/Externship sponsored by the school

Recently graduated law students need to enroll Westlaw Grad Elite program to continue gaining access. To gain access, you will receive a pop-up when you logged or you can go HERE and hit agree. For the 6 months after graduation through November 30th, 2021, you will have access to some products for 60 hours each month to help make the connection between theory and practice. For more information, please check Westlaw Grad Elite program.

Lexis +

Continuing students will have unlimited Lexis +access this summer.

When you graduate in May 2021, you will automatically have seamless Lexis + access till December 31st, 2021. Continue to use your law school username and password while you prepare for the bar exam and employment. Plus, access exclusive resources and a Rewards program for graduates.

The ASPIRE program provides 12 months of free access to federal and state cases, codes, regulations, law reviews, Shepard’s® Citation Service and Matthew Bender® treatises to graduates who are engaged in verifiable 501(c)(3) public interest work.

For more information, please check Lexis Advance Access for Law School Graduates.

Bloomberg Law

Continuing students will have unlimited and unrestricted access to Bloomberg Law over the summer. 

May 2021 graduating law students will have 6 months post-graduation access to Bloomberg Law.

If you have access issues to those databases, please contact electronic & digital services librarian, Dajiang Nie, at dajiang.nie@ttu.edu.