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

Flare Index to Treaties

The Flare Index is the creation of the IALS (Institute of Advanced Legal Studies) and the School of Advanced Study University of London, with support and encouragement of the FLARE Group of major UK law libraries (Cambridge, IALS, Oxford, SOAS and the British Library) among other international law collections.

The database contains significant, but select, multilateral treaties from 1352 to more recent times.  Also included are bilateral treaties from 1353 to 1815.  There are clear guidelines as to what is included and what is not included in this collection, with emphasis placed on particular select resources. Their goal is to provide “a research tool aiding scholars and students, lawyers and librarians in researching the international law of treaties – whether they are new or experienced in the field.”

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Queries and suggestions should be directed to Steven Whittle at steven.whittle@sas.ac.uk.

Improved West Academic Study Aids

Some of you are already familiar with the electronic resource for accessing West Academic Study Aids.  This resource allows you to access as many different series and/or subjects as you need without any restrictions.  This, along with other study aid resources were discussed in a previous blog post.

As a reminder, you can access this resource while on the Law School network at https://subscription.westacademic.com/, using a guest account.  You are also able to create a personal login using your Texas Tech email that will allow you to personalize your experience as well as access the resource when not on the University network.  You are able to make notes, keep track of often used titles, etc.

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The newest exciting feature that has just been introduced is the addition of two audio series: the Law School Legends and the Sum and Substance Audio Series.

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A couple of other handy features of the website is the Most Popular At Your School and the Authored By Faculty At Your School sections.

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If you need assistance or have questions about using this electronic resource, please stop by the Law Library or contact one of the Law Librarians.  We would be happy to assist you!