HeinOnline’s Gun Regulation and Legislation in America: What is it?

This is the first in a four part series blog post spotlighting HeinOnline’s database Gun Regulation and Legislation in America.

HeinOnline has provided this database as a platform for research and to promote civil discourse on the myriad issues related to gun regulation. Their goal is to help facilitate productive discussions and help to bring all sides of this argument together to effect positive change and prevent more senseless loss of life, in the wake of several of the most deadly mass shootings in United States history.

Below is a view of the home page.

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This database provides various sources relating to Gun Regulation and Legislation including: periodicals, legislative history, CRS reports, congressional hearing reports, Supreme Court briefs, scholarly articles, and external links for further research.

Below, the green boxes indicate where these sources can be located from the home page.

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Access to HeinOnline’s Gun Regulation and Legislation in America database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

SCOTUS Online Tools: CQ Supreme Court Collection

This is the fourth in a four part series highlighting Supreme Court online tools.  Each segment of this series will introduce a different online tool relating to the Supreme Court.

The fourth tool that will be highlighted is CQ Supreme Court Collection.  This tool is a website that monitors, records, and keeps track of recent Supreme Court cases, the Supreme Court Justices, and current news regarding the Supreme Court. This tool can be conveniently accessed here.

Below is what the homepage looks like.

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The “Cases” feature allows you to browse cases by Justice, case name, date range, or even by key words within a case.

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The “Justices” tab allows you to search Justices based on their name, term, or opinions they authored.

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The “Analyze Data” tool allows users to compare and analyze Justice Roles, Opinion Alignment, Opinion Writing, and Voting Bloc Analysis.

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Finally, “The Court Explained” breaks down key aspects of the Supreme Court’s role and the Constitution.

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Check out CQ Supreme Court Collection to explore some fun features that will assist in learning more and staying up-to-date about current Supreme Court cases.

SCOTUS Online Tools: Oyez.org

This is the third in a four part series highlighting Supreme Court online tools.  Each segment of this series will introduce a different online tool relating to the Supreme Court.

The third tool that will be highlighted is Oyez.org.  This tool is a website that monitors, records, and keeps track of recent Supreme Court cases, the Supreme Court Justices, and current news regarding the Supreme Court. This tool can be conveniently accessed here.

Below is what the homepage looks like.

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There are four navigation options from the homepage.  The first, “Cases” will take you to current Supreme Court cases during the present and past terms.

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You can also view cases by issue instead of term, and the term can be changed.  Oyez, provides access for cases back to 1789.

Next, you can navigate to “Justices”. Here you can read about each Justice that has ever served on the Supreme Court.

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The “Tour” feature allows you to take a virtual tour of the Supreme Court.

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Finally, clicking “News” will navigate you to “ISCOTUS Now” a blog-news site managed and maintained by IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.

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Check out Oyez.org to read Supreme Court cases old and new, find out all the Supreme Court Justices since the court’s inception, take a tour of the Supreme Court without spending a dime and finally learn about what’s happening besides cases in the world of the Supreme Court!

SCOTUS Online Tools: The Supreme Court Mapping Project

This is the second in a four part series highlighting Supreme Court online tools.  Each segment of this series will introduce a different online tool relating to the Supreme Court.

The second tool that will be highlighted is the Supreme Court Mapping Project.  This tool is a project run by the University of Baltimore School of Law and  “is an ongoing and collaborative research venture that uses original software technology to enhance teaching, learning, and scholarship about Supreme Court doctrine.” This tool can be conveniently accessed here.

Below is what the homepage looks like.

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This tool includes many useful features. Of note is the “Online Mapping Tool”, shown below, this tool allows users to create their own “network” of Supreme Court jurisprudence to see the relation between different cases and doctrines on a convenient timeline.

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The next tool included from the homepage is the “4th Amendment Atlas”, this tool provides a compilation of maps that trace various doctrines relating to the fourth amendment.  With this tool, there is no need to create a network, as that work has already been done for you.  See below for more details.

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The 2015 and 2014 Term cases provide network resources for cases decided during this period. Finally, this site provides access to various other pre-made networks and is a handy tool when researching specific topics or Supreme Court cases as it gives a holistic view and literally a map of the progress and connections across various dates, topics, and cases.

SCOTUS Online Tools: @Big_Cases

This is the first in a four part series highlighting Supreme Court online tools.  Each segment of this series will introduce a different online tool relating to the Supreme Court.

The first tool that will be highlighted is a Twitter feed: @Big_Cases.  This tool is a big cases bot that gives “real time updates on the latest filings in major cases in U.S. district courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.” This tool can be conveniently accessed here.

Below is what the homepage looks like.

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This tool includes hyperlinks to articles, lists, and actual filings.  Users can also see what is happening within the feed by clicking on “Tweets & replies”. Below is the result when a user clicks “Tweets & replies” from the homepage.

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Finally, by clicking “Media”, users are able to directly see tweets relating purely to filing.  Here, users can also click on the filings to be redirected to the full document.

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Be sure to click “follow” at the top right hand corner to stay up-to-date on all current issues and cases before the Supreme Court!

Bloomberg BNA’s Energy and Climate Report: Exploring a Practitioner’s Insight

This is the last in a four part series blog post spotlighting Bloomberg BNA’s Energy and Climate Report.

On the right side of the home page, you can click on insight to get a practitioner’s insight on a particular issue in energy and climate law .

Below is a view of the practitioner’s insights page.

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Clicking on an insight, you will have similar features to clicking on an article in the news tab.

Below is a view of an article. The green boxes indicate the different features available in a practitioner’s insight.

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The box at the top shows where you can see the next insight. You can also view related articles to a particular insight. Finally, you can click on the blue terms within an insight and this will redirect you to further information related to the insight.

Access to the Climate and Energy Report’s database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

Bloomberg BNA’s Energy and Climate Report: Insights

This is the third in a four part series blog post spotlighting Bloomberg BNA’s Energy and Climate Report.

At the top of the page and on the right hand side, you will find “insights”, which allows you to take a look at practitioners’ practical knowledge and proposals on a subject.

Below is a view of the home page. The green box indicates where Insights may be located.

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Clicking on Insights will allow you to explore practitioners’ takes on hot topics concerning energy and climate.

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Access to the Energy and Climate Report’s database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.