Statistical Insight Featured Spotlight: Lib Guide

This is the final post in a three-part series spotlighting Statistical Insight database features.

From syntax searches to a source list of all agencies and organizations listed in Statistical Insight, the LibGuide is the one-stop feature for questions about Statistical Insight. The link to the LibGuide is located on the front page of Statistical Insighton the left-hand column, under “Search Types” (shown below).

statistical insight7The LibGuide comprises of five tabs: About, Searching, Search Syntax, Additional Materials, and Webinars. Under Searching, users can learn how the database’s basic search bar is not equip for full text keyword searches, rendering Boolean commands in the advanced search bar particularly useful (shown below under the Search Syntax tab).

statistical insight8Meanwhile, the Additional Materials tab contains three indexes: American Statistics Index, Statistics Reference Index, and Index to International Statistics. Each index categories are supplemented with source lists, containing the names of agencies and organizations indexed in Statistical Insight; an accession number list, referencing publication types found when searching particular agencies; and a user guide, explaining the organization of abstracts and how to maneuver through particularly voluminous statistical data (shown below).

statistical insight9Access to ProQuest’s Statistical Insight database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

Statistical Insight Featured Spotlight: Result Filters

This is the second post in a three-part series spotlighting Statistical Insight database features. Results that populate in Statistical Insight may be further filtered during the left-hand corner filter box (shown below).

statistical insight5Here, the topic “Firearms” was selected from the Statistics in the News menu bar, yielding over 1,000 results. Results may be broken down by the following:

  • Relevance and Date (most recent or least)
  • Date covered or published
  • Source, including federal, state, and international agencies
  • Countries or Regions, including Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America
  • Local area, by city or county
  • Data break down by age, sex, ethnic group, or income (among others)
  • Subject (which, using Firearms as the example, includes sentences, homicides, accidental deaths, suicides, and infant mortality).

Selecting one filter can also result in additional filter options populating. For example, using the same “Firearms” topic, after narrowing the Country to United States and then Texas, additional subject filters appear (shown below).

statistical insight6Although not exhaustive, the search filter on Statistical Insights is comprehensive.

Access to ProQuest’s Statistical Insight database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

Statistical Insight Featured Spotlight: Statistics in the News

This is the first post in a three-part series spotlighting Statistical Insight database features. For this post, we’re looking at the “Statistics in the News” tab, available on a supplemental right-hand menu bar (shown below).

statistical insight2This section of Statistical Insight comprises of fifteen topics ranging from bullying to renewable energy. Selecting a topic will yield several dozen, or in the case of “Medicare Spending” (shown below), several hundred PDFs and tables of compiled statistics.

statistical insight3Using the blue and gray result bar tabs, results can be filtered by table or PDF.  (note: Additional filter options will be explored in a later spotlight post.) Generally, publications located in Statistical Insight are voluminous, containing several hundred pages (table example by the National Center for Health Statistics shown below).

statistical insight4As with the aforementioned example, Statistical Insight provides professionals and students alike with access to information that would be often difficult to amass.

Access to ProQuest’s Statistical Insight database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

Statistical Insight: What is it?

ProQuest’s Statistical Insight (see below) is a resource hub for full text publications of public domain and licensed statistical sources.

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Statistical Insight houses over 5,000 federal statistical publications, dating back to 1973–in addition to several thousand international and state government statistical reports.

Topics from abortion to the trade deficit are tracked by Statistical Insight’s “Statistics in the News” section (shown below and highlighted in an upcoming post).

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The basic search in Statistical Insight works similarly as it does in ProQuest’s Regulatory Insight and Legislative Insight. Filters can be applied to narrow in keyword searches.

Access to ProQuest’s Statistical Insight database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

Bar Exam-Relevant Electronic Databases: Corporate Law Resource Center

This is the final post in a four-part series spotlighting bar exam-relevant databases.

Bloomberg BNA Corporate Law Resource Center is a comprehensive database, providing everything from corporate law news to case summaries to practice tools for attorneys.

Corporate Law Resource Center 1The Resource Center houses four separate reports: Corporate Law & Accountability Report, Corporate Counsel Weekly, Mergers & Acquisitions Report, and Social Media Law & Policy Report (shown with summaries below).

Corporate Law Resource Center 2The Corporate Law & Accountability Report and the Corporate Counsel Weekly publish news articles daily (shown below). Unlike the news articles published in the Family Law Reporter, articles in either Corporate reports are not as easily searchable by topic.

Corporate Law Resource Center 3Perhaps the most beneficial avenue in terms of news and information compilation, is found in BNA Insights, located on the left column on the Corporate Law Resource Center home page (shown below).

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Access to Bloomberg BNA’s Corporate Law Resource Center is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website, under the Electronic Resources tab.

Bar Exam-Relevant Electronic Databases: Family Law Reporter

This is the third post in a four-part series spotlighting bar exam-relevant databases.

The Bloomberg BNA Family Law Reporter is published once a week, each Tuesday. The front page of the Family Law Reporter contains all the headlines from the weekly edition and a complete topical index below, where readers can single out articles concerning specific topics, from Adoption to Wills & Estates.

Family Law Reporter1Using the left side menu, readers can further search through recent topics, law firms mentioned in articles, and by court. All the links take the reader to a separate landing page, where subjects are alphabetized (shown below).

Family Law Reporter2Alternatively, readers exclusively seeking information concerning recently reported cases can do so through clicking the “Finding Tools” link, located on the blue menu bar, and selecting “View Recent Cases Reported”. Each case is provided with a short, one to two sentence summary (shown below).

Family Law Reporter 4Access to Bloomberg BNA’s Family Law Reporter is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website, under the Electronic Resources tab.

Bar Exam-Relevant Electronic Databases: E&E Publishing

This is the second post in a four-part series spotlighting bar exam-relevant databases.

Environment & Energy Publishing (E&E) provides daily coverage of environmental and energy policy. E&E comprises of five online publications:

EnergyWire – Focuses on the business, environmental, and political issues surrounding the energy law industry. The front page feed also includes a topical Oil and Gas section, with articles about everything from oil and gas bankruptcies in Texas to a state proposed shale gas tax.

energywireClimateWire – Mirroring the setup of EnergyWire, ClimateWire provides an array of daily articles discussing climate issues and effects on business, the environment, and society.

climatewireE&E Daily – From federal agency appropriations to comprehensive energy legislation, E&E Daily is the place to track their environmental and energy issues in Congress.

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Greenwire – Greenwire, established in the 1990s as one of the first online subscription-based publications, covers a significant spectrum–from electricity industry restructuring to Clean Air Act litigation to public lands management. Although Oil & Gas isn’t a designated an entire section heading as it is in EnergyWire, Greenwire still provides significant coverage on the subject.

GreenwireE&ENews PM – Although lacking in quantity as compared to other E&E Publications, the E&ENews PM is published every afternoon and includes all the breaking and developing policy news from Capitol Hill and around the world.

E&ENews PMAccess to the E&E Publishing databases referenced in this post is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website, under the Electronic Resources tab.