Legal Responses to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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The UCLA School of Law Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library has compiled a timely guide (https://libguides.law.ucla.edu/coronavirus) to help locate legal responses to COVID-19.  According to the guide, “many units of government at all levels (federal, state, and local) have issued, and continue to issue, legal responses to the coronavirus epidemic, and some states have laws pre-dating the epidemic but that have become more relevant, such as quarantine statutes and requirements for paid sick leave.  This [sic] goal of this guide is to provide links to primary sources and high-quality summaries to these.”

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The federal materials provided in the guide include links to items published by various federal agencies as well as Public Laws about COVID-19.  While the major focus of the guide is on federal and California resources, there are sections dedicated to other state and local jurisdictions.

There is also a useful section that provides links to “Other Resources” that users might find educational.

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Among the Other Useful Resources is the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resource Kit from LexisAdvance and the COVID-19 Workforce Virtual Toolkit from the HHS.

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For assistance with locating further information on COVID-19, please contact the Law Library Reference Desk between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday via email or phone.

Email:  reference.law@ttu.edu

Phone:  806-742-7155

 

Access to Online Study Aid Resources

During the final month of the spring semester, please be aware of the various resources that the Law Library is making available to the Texas Tech Law School community.  In particular, we wish to highlight the various study aid resources being provided by the Law Library.  These include two familiar (I hope) collections, the West Academic Study Aid library and the CALI library.  We have recently added a new resource for your benefit, the Wolters Kluwer Study Aids Library.  For these and access to other resources, please visit the Remote Access to Library Services libguide located at https://libguides.law.ttu.edu/remotelibraryservices.

West Academic Study Aid Library

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The West Academic Study Aid resource contains many of your favorite study aid series, such as Exam Pro (now with Quizzes), Flash Cards, Blackletter Outlines, and Gilberts to name just a few.  There are over 640+ titles (and counting) covering 1L classes, 2L/3L classes, academic success, and even career success topics.  Take advantage of the note taking and highlighting, search capabilities, copy/paste, and printing.  Users are able to utilize multiple means of access to take advantage of this new resource, using their laptop, tablet, or phone.2 WASA series

 

 

 

 

 

 

As part of our subscription to the West Academic Study Aids library, we also are providing access to their new West Academic Assessment product.  This is provided courtesy of West Academic until June 1st.  It provides access to over 5,000 customizable, formative, multiple-choice self-assessment questions that are keyed to West Academic Publishing and Foundation Press casebooks, or available by subject to work with any casebook. You can use the same login created for the West Academic Study Aids resource.

 

CALI

The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction resource consists of 1,000+ interactive legal tutorials written by law professors.  There are numerous ways to find the lessons most appropriate for you – by class level, class subject, and many more.

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If you haven’t already created your account, please contact the Law Library’s Reference Team to request the authorization code at 806-742-7155 or reference.law@ttu.edu.

 

Wolters Kluwer Study Aids Library

The Wolters Kluwer Study Aid Library is a new resource that the Law Library is providing to our Law School community.  There are over 200 tiles from some of the most popular study aid series, including Examples & Explanations (E&E’s), Crunchtimes, Glannon Guides, among several others.

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Take advantage of the note taking and highlighting, full-text search, highlighting, and printing.  Users are able to utilize multiple means of access to take advantage of this new resource, using their laptop, tablet, or phone.

 

 

 

For assistance with any of these study aid resources, please contact the Reference Desk between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday via email or phone. Or you can visit the handy Remote Access to Library Services libguide at https://libguides.law.ttu.edu/remotelibraryservices.

Email:  reference.law@ttu.edu

Phone:  806-742-7155

Science, Technology, and the Law

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The NCSTL.org project is a program of the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs. United States Department of Justice located at Stetson University College of Law.  It provides a single access point for information about science, technology, and legal topics. The information has been compiled by professionals in order to provide comprehensive data on a broad range of topics.  The clearinghouse provides access to books, journals, cases, dissertations, and websites, as well as various other materials that cover topics from Accident Investigation to Voice Analysis.

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Other resources that NCSTL provides include Special Collections for specific user groups, as well as Education and Training resources.

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For more information, visit the web site or contact NCSTL.org directly at:

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More information can also be located at:

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For assistance with this or any other topic, please contact the Texas Tech Law Library at (806) 742-7155 or reference.law@ttu.edu.

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.

CURIA (CVRIA) – Court of Justice of the European Union

Curia (https://curia.europa.eu/jcms/jcms/j_6/en/) is the official website of the Court of Justice of the European Union.  Established in 1952, The Court ”constitutes the judicial authority of the European Union and, in cooperation with the courts and tribunals of the Member States, it ensures the uniform application and interpretation of EU law.[i]1” It is made up of two courts of law: the Court of Justice proper and the General Court.

The website provides procedures for each of the courts, as well as statistics of judicial activity.  The Case-Law section of the website provides access to the online Reports of Cases, with an advanced search form for more precise results.

The Law Librarians at the Texas Tech University Law Library will gladly assist you if you would like more information or training on using this resource.

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

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

[i] Fact Sheets on the European Union – 2017, THE COURT OF JUSTICE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION, https://curia.europa.eu/jcms/jcms/Jo2_6999/en/ (last visited Oct.10, 2017).

Updated Law Library Catalog

The Texas Tech Law Library has redesigned the library catalog look and feel, to provide better service for our patrons.  There are many features that are intended to assist you while you are conducting your research.  The Law Library faculty and staff will be happy to assist you with any questions you may have.

When you visit the Law Library homepage you will see the search box immediately at the center top of the page.  Performing a search from this screen will provide you with search results that are located here at the Law School.

You can also go directly to the library catalog by visiting this link:   https://ttu-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/search?vid=Law_View&lang=en_US&sortby=rank

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If you wish to search the holdings of other campus collections, click the dropdown menu at the end of the search box.  You will see a list of all of the different campus libraries/collections that you can choose from.

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You are also able to see/manage your library checkouts, fines, etc. from either the Guest link in the upper right part of the screen or the Sign In link that is right below the Search box.    Updated Catalog 4

Click on either the Sign In or Guest link and you will be taken to a screen where you will select the TTU Students, Faculty and Staff (eRaider) option.

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Once you have successfully entered your eRaider login information you will see your personal information in the upper right portion of the library catalog screen.

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By clicking your eraider link you will then be able to select the My Library Card option to see everything that you have checked out from any library on campus, not just the Law Library.  You will also be able to see Requests (ILL/Document Delivery), Fines & Fees, etc.

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In the updated interface, there are links to various items that you might find useful.  There is a link back to the Law Library homepage and a button that will allow you to restart your search from the beginning.  You are also able to access the electronic resources for the University Library as well as the Law Library, using the Databases A-Z and Law Databases links.  Finally, there is a Browse button that allows users that might not really know what they are looking for, to Browse.

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When you have your search results, but there are too many items to looks through, don’t forget the facets on the left hand side that can assist you with narrowing the results to a more manageable number.

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There are some handy tips about using your search results effectively.  When you are searching just the Law Library holdings ALL of your search results will be items physically located here at the Law School or maybe something we provide access to electronically.

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While you are searching in the library catalog, please remember that you can also use the ILL service if you come across something that isn’t currently available.  Click on the Checked Out notice and choose the Get It/Request It option on the next screen.

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You will be automatically taken to the ILL website so that you can fill out the ILL form.  The most important thing to remember is that you have to be logged in with your eraider in order for this to work correctly.

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There are more features that you might find useful and we would be happy to show and explain them.  If you have any questions about the new catalog please contact Sue Kelleher at 806-834-2615 ( sue.kelleher@ttu.edu ) or contact any librarian for assistance.

Bar Exam Resources

The Texas Tech Law Library aims to provide as much assistance as possible for our recent graduates, in addition to our current students, faculty, and staff.  This assistance covers things from study materials to physical space in which to study.   Please note the resources that are available to you as you prepare yourselves for sitting for the bar examination.

  • Law School/Law Library building access with your University ID.
  • Personal/single person study carrel (if it is possible to do so).
  • Reserved quiet study area.
  • Reserved fishbowl study room 5B.

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  • Printing access.
  • Access to Lexis and Bloomberg databases for 6 months post-graduation.
  • Access to Westlaw for 18 months post-graduation (even while working).
  • Bar Prep materials, including but not limited to Barbri, Kaplan, and Themis (which include MBE and Texas materials).

Please contact anyone in the Law Library if you need assistance with anything, and we will do our best to assist you.  Feel free to contact whoever is on Reference or working at the front desk of the Law Library.  Our contact information is:

Circulation Desk
806-742-3957
circulation.law@ttu.edu

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