Death Penalty Worldwide

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The database was created in April 2011 by Professor Sandra Babcock, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the International Human Rights Clinic at Cornell University Law School, in partnership with the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, this resource attempts to fill the research and advocacy gaps that exist with regards to the death penalty.  Its intended audience includes judges, policymakers, scholars, lawyers, journalists, and human rights advocates.

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According to the website’s FAQ (http://www.deathpenaltyworldwide.org/faq.cfm), the database provides data such as:

  • General country information
  • Basic death penalty information
  • List of crimes punishable by the death penalty
  • Information about death penalty conditions, such as prison conditions, quality of legal representation, etc.
  • Information from international human rights organizations

DPW will NOT include certain information:

  • Descriptions of individual cases
  • A news feed on death penalty topics

 

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You can also find links to other international legal issues in this resource.  Some of these include information on extraditions to retentionist countries, how mental illness is dealt with, as well as information on juvenile offenders and women.

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The Resources section will provide even further information, such as a bibliography, news resources, international legal research guidelines, and links to death penalty organizations to name a few.

There are other resources also available on the site, such as an FAQ and even a Blog that you can subscribe to.  If you would like more information about this database, please contact:

Death Penalty Worldwide                                                               
info@deathpenaltyworldwide.org

Sandra Babcock
Clinical Professor of Law
Director, International Human Rights Clinic
Cornell University Law School
slb348@cornell.edu

Delphine Lourtau
Research Director, Death Penalty Worldwide
dml348@cornell.edu

NOW ONLINE! Historical Texas Statutes 1879-1960

Historical Texas statutes from 1879 through 1960 are now online. The statutes can be accessed online through the Law Library’s website at http://www.law.ttu.edu/lawlibrary/InternetResources.php. Follow the steps as noted on the screenshot below.  The volumes can be read online or downloaded in PDF format. If you have any questions, please contact the Law Library.

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Regulatory Insight Featured Spotlight: Advanced Search & Search by Number

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

Aside from the basic search bar available on the home page, there are two other ways to conduct a search: (1) Advanced Search form and (2) Search by Number form.

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The Advanced Search form is particularly helpful when you know your research constraints beforehand. For example, if you know the content will be found within the Federal Register or you’re able to limit results with a date range. The Advanced Search form also permits searching within specific fields (shown below). Fields include:

  • Full Text
  • Agency
  • Popular Law Name, and
  • Subject.

Reg 3.1When using the Agency or Popular Law Name fields, the Find Terms link to the right of the search box contains helpful categories for each field (shown below).

Reg 3.2Search by Number

When there is a known citation for a Federal Register document, a Regulation, a Public Law, a Statute at Large citation, a federal statute or U.S. Code citation, an Agency Docket Number or a Regulatory Information Number, you use the Search by Number form.

For this demonstration, we’re searching the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, which has a public law number of P.L. 112-95.

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The search result (shown below) yields of a compilation of Federal Register articles associated with the public law number.

Reg 3.4Access to ProQuest’s Regulatory Insight database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

Regulatory Insight Featured Spotlight: Filter Box

This is the second post in a three-part series spotlighting Regulatory Insight database features.

For this demonstration, we’re searching “FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.” After entering the search term, Regulatory Insight returns a list of matching results, with the most relevant documents located at the top of the list.

Results can be sorted by relevance (default), publication date, or recency. Additionally, the “Filter by” box, located in the left-hand column (shown below), can also be used to tailor the results.

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Filtering by date will narrow the existing search results within the designated date range. Meanwhile, filtering is also available by document type or subject. Selecting “More options…” on either filter option results in a pop-up window (shown below).

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There, the user can sort alphabetically or by result count each document type before selecting the document type to include or exclude in a filtered search. Clicking “Apply” will automatically generate a new search based on the filter selections (see below). To undo a filter, select the blue “X” icon located in the filter box.

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

 

Regulatory Insight Featured Spotlight: LibGuide

This is the first post in a three-part series spotlighting Regulatory Insight database features.

Regulatory Insight provides a user-friendly LibGuide as a valuable starting place for first-time researchers. The LibGuide is accessible off the home page by clicking the question mark icon and selecting LibGuide off the drop down menu located in the top, right-hand corner.

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The LibGuide (pictured below) neatly outlines the purpose of the database, what the regulatory process consists of, how to search for content, and what to expect the documents provided to look like.

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For example, under the “Searching Regulatory Insight” tab, the LibGuide explains the three ways to search for documents in Regulatory Insight: (1) the Basic Search form on the front page, (2) the Advanced Search form, and (3) the Search by Number form. Meanwhile, the “Content Types” tab provides detailed descriptions for the content types listed on the Advanced Search page of Regulatory Insight.

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

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.

Regulatory Insight: What is it?

Regulatory Insight is a companion database to Legislative Insight, providing researchers with a platform to facilitate research into U.S. federal administrative law histories from 1936-2015.

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Features include:

  • Access to all notices, proposed rules, and final rules;
  • Results that include all regulatory histories associated with a specific C.F.R. portion or U.S. Code citation; and
  • A compilation of Federal Register “articles” with a direct legal basis in that Public Law.

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