Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL)

This digital resource is available through the Federal Depository Library Program to faculty, staff and students (and on-site library users) of Texas Tech University.  The HSDL (https://www.hsdl.org) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Preparedness Directorate, FEMA and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

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Materials available in the HSDL include resources on policy and strategy, various special collections like CRS Reports as well as theses and research reports.  Also included are various research tools that provide users guidance to locating materials outside of the materials housed within the digital library.

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Another useful section is the Featured Topics section.  They have provided access to selected resources on various topics of current importance or of particular significance to homeland security.  These topics currently range from Border Security to Wildfires, including topics dealing with terrorism, gangs and cyber security.

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Other useful resources that are available in the Homeland Security Digital Library include an Ask a Librarian feature and the On the Homefront blog.  The Ask a Librarian function allows users to ask research questions any time of day or night, while the blog will let researchers stay up to date on current events.  There is even a calendar of upcoming events.

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Visit the Homeland Security Digital Library (https://www.hsdl.org) and explore all of the numerous resources at your disposal. Just remember that you need to be connected to the university network to have full access.

Access to State Bar of Texas CLE Materials

The State Bar of Texas provides electronic access to their digital collection of CLE materials at no charge to the faculty, staff, and students of Texas ABA accredited law schools.

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  1. To access these materials, go to http://www.texasbarcle.com.
  2. Click “Online Library” (on left menu).
    1. Click Subscribe Now! (on upper right).  OR –
  3. Click on “Subscribe to the Library” (in the center).
  4. On the Login/Registration screen, look under the blue LOG IN button. Click on the blue Click here link next to New User?                                                                                                          CLE2
  5. You’re now on the Web Site Registration screen.
  6. If you’re a member of the Texas Bar, fill in your name and bar card number, click GO (and you should be able to skip the rest of these instructions).
  7. If you’re not a member of the Texas Bar, look under the blue Go button and click on the blue click here (If you have a pop up blocker, turn it off.)                                                      CLE3
  8. Fill out the CLE Profile form and click on Save
  9. You will be back at the Login screen. Type in your Email address and the password you set up in step 6.
  10. You need to accept the Online Library Agreement and you have to affirm that you are a full-time faculty member/student affiliated with a Texas ABA-accredited law school.                                                                                                                                                         CLE4
  11.  You will automatically get a pop up window that asks you to Affirm that you Qualify as a current faculty. Click on I Affirm I Qualify.                                                                                CLE5
  12. You’ll see the message that your subscription has been activated. Click the gray link for Search the Library.                                                                                                         CLE6
  13. If you aren’t sure what you are looking for you can click the “View listing of courses for selected years” instead of trying to use the Search function. You will be able to browse the CLE courses for the one you want.                                                                    CLE7
  14. After selecting the CLE course you are interested, click the name of the course (i.e. Immigration Law 101). You will be taken to a listing of the contents included for that course, where you can pick and choose which chapters/articles you wish to read.          CLE8

If you have any questions or need assistance with anything, please contact one of the Law Librarians.  We would be happy to help you.

Explore our nation’s beginnings

Indigenous Law Portal

 Released in July of 2014, the portal initially provided access to tribal information of the American Indians.  Since then it has expanded to include information from Canada and Mexico, as well as global information from around the world.

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Each geographical region contains information of various types.  Some of the resources that can be found in the United States section of the portal include various Law Gateways, such as:

Other sources of information include directories, research guides, law societies, and links to various subject specific information sites dealing with things like land law, social services, environmental law, and education, to name a few.

Digitized Historical Constitutions

One of the most valuable sections of the portal is the collection of digitized constitutions.  They provide access to hundreds of constitutions and other legal materials that otherwise might be inaccessible elsewhere, at least without great effort.

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The portal provides a long needed resource that will help preserve a vulnerable portion of our nation’s history.  It is constantly being updated and expanded, so make a point of returning periodically to explore new resources, and learn about this country’s origins.

Study Aids in the Law Library

There are many choices when it comes to picking out the right study aid.  They come in different formats and cover materials in different ways.  If you need a general overview of a topic that explains the law, you might use the Nutshell Series or the Concise Hornbooks.  Other series will provide practice questions, such as the Exam Pro Series or Friedman’s Practice Series.  There are even a couple that provide both an overview and practice questions, like Glannon Guides and Examples and Explanations.

Dr. Jarmon, from the Office of Academic Success, has created a handy guide to the various study Aid series that discusses different types of study aids.  This guide is available in the tutor office, located behind the Research and Information desk in the Law Library.  The different series are also available in various formats.

Check out what the Law Library has available!

Online:

West Academic Study Aid collection (includes study aids from West Academic Publishing, Foundation Press, and Gilberts), there is even the Gilbert’s Law Dictionary to help out with any legal terminology.

  • Acing Series
  • Black Letter Outlines
  • Career Guides
  • Concise Hornbooks
  • Exam Pro
  • Gilbert Law Summaries
  • Law Stories
  • Nutshells
  • Quick Review
  • Short and Happy

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Print (on Reserve):

  • Acing Series
  • Black Letter Outlines
  • Concepts and Insights
  • Crunch Time
  • Emanuel’s Law Outlines
  • Examples and Explanations
  • Gilbert Law Summaries
  • Hornbooks
  • Law Stories
  • Nutshells
  • Understanding Law

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Audio CDs (On Reserve):

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  • Law School Legends
  • Sum and Substance

Flashcards (On Reserve):

  • Law in a Flash
  • Texas Law Cards

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Other Resources:

Don’t forget to take advantage of other resources that are available to you, right here in the Law School.  The Office of Academic Success, run by Dr. Amy Jarmon, has many resources available to assist you.

BNA Premier

This electronic collection provides access to many different legal topics/fields, from the ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct to the WTO Reporter.  You can use the tools provided to keep current on topics in the news, locate primary materials, as well as follow relevant case law.  Visit https://www.bna.com/Account/Subscriptions for more information and to explore other legal topics you might be interested in.

The following is just an example of what you can do using the Tax and Accounting Center on BNA.

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