Law 360: Ranking System

This is the fourth in a four part series blog post spotlighting the LexisNexis’ Law360.

One of Law 360’s most interesting features is the Ranking System. Law 360 chooses various different categories and ranks lawyers, law firms, corporations, and many more based on different criteria. Below is an image of the Law 360 home page and were to find the rankings there. First, you have to select the three lines at the top left of the screen to open the navigation bar. Then, you have to scroll down to the middle of the navigation bar to see the ranking category list.

 1. Law 360 Home Page Rankings

The ranking category list is shown in full below. As stated earlier, the ranking types are varied. Many focus on groups who exemplify certain standards in the legal community, such as the Pro Bono Firms of the Years and the Practice Group Partner Rankings. Other rank lists focus on the individuals in the legal community who are doing amazing things on their own, such as the Rising Stars List and the Trial Aces list. Even other lists focus on marginalized groups and showcase firms that are the best at being inclusive. Those lists are the Glass Ceiling Report, which focuses on women in the legal community, and the Diversity Snapshot, which focuses on minorities and other marginalized groups.

 2. Law 360 List

Below is a view of the home page of one of the rankings list. This list is the Regional Powerhouses List. This list is mostly about the big time law firms who handle the biggest cases. They are often large law firms who make a lot of money for their clients or have biggest effect on legislation directly.

 3. Law 360 Powerhouses

As stated above, some of the rankings focus on marginalized groups and inclusivity. One of those rankings is the Glass Ceiling Report, the home page of which is pictured below. This list provides a listing of law firms that are especially good places for female attorneys and the firms who are doing the best at providing equal opportunities for females in the legal community.

 4. Law 360 Glass Ceiling

These are only a few of the lists that Law 360 provides as general information for visitors. These lists could help someone find jobs in particular fields or because of particular attributes, allow visitors to decide what law firm might be good for a certain case, or for just general information. It is a very interesting and useful feature of Law 360.

Access to the Law360 database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

 

 

CQ Magazine: Previous Issues

This is the fourth in a four part series blog post spotlighting the Congressional Quarterly Magazine.

Each issue of CQ Magazine is available online or in print. Previous issues are available online from 1983 to present. Below is a view of the page you are taken to when clicking on “Browse Articles by Date” on the left-hand side of the page, accessible through the home page.

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Clicking on the year 1983 will allow you to see articles from October, November, and December.  Should you click on December, you will be brought to the page shown below where you have access to numerous articles concerning various controversial issues.

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Be sure to take advantage of these archived editions to gain insightful knowledge of the inner workings of policy in Washington and to see the development of our legislation.

Access to the CQ Magazine is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

CQ Magazine: Current Issue

This is the third of a four part series blog post spotlighting Congressional Quarterly Magazine.

The current issue content is located in the center of the website. The cover story is located at the top of the website. Below the cover story you can find current issue content organized in different categories such as CQ Now, Influencers, Capitol Wrap, Performance Review, Features, and Commentary.

Below, the red boxes indicates where the Current Issue categories are located on the homepage.

Current Issue categories

To determine when the most recent issue was published, the Issue Date is located at the top of page.  Other recent issues can be located on the left side of the page in the navigation bar.

Below, the red box indicates where the Issue Date can be located on the homepage. issue date

At the top of the home page, you can organize the current issue content. You can organize the current issue content by Table of Contents, Subject Index, and Latest Votes.

Below, the red box indicates where you can organize the current issue content.

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To locate and read other recent issues, click on Read Recent Issues located on the right side of the page. Issues of CQ Magazine are published weekly. The recent issues are organized from the most recent at the top of the list to older issues as you scroll down the list.

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Access to the CQ Magazine is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

CQ Magazine: Search

This is the second in a four part blog series spotlighting Congressional Quarterly Magazine.

On CQ magazine online, you can search by topic, page number, committee, “exact phrases or words,” bill number, byline or reporter and by Boolean full-text and date searches. Detailed flood votes dating back to August 1983 are easily retrieved.

Below, the red boxes indicate where the search box and the advanced search button are located on the homepage.

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How do I find what I am looking for on CQ Magazine?

This website is designed to provide you with multiple points of access to the information that you want. On the right hand navigation bar, you can use the following options:

  • You can select a topic from the current issue located in the center of the page
  • You can view votes from the last 10 days by selecting “Latest Votes” which is the third tab at the top of the page
  • You can search “Articles” or “Search Floor Votes” located on the
  • You can browse by issue date or by topic

Below, the red box indicates where the search features are located on the right side navigation bar.

navigation bar

Should I browse or search?

It depends on what you are looking for. If you are looking for general information on a common or broad topic—such as Energy or Defense-you might want to begin with a browse of the topical list. If you do not find what you want, then turn to the Search option.

On the other hand, if your interest is more specific—for example, congressional debate related to employee drug testing or a particular endangered species, such as the spotted owl–you might want to begin with a search.

At the top of the advanced search page, you can view Search Tips to assist you in searching through the material on the CQ Magazine website.

Below is a view of the Search Tips page.

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Advanced Search

The advanced search tool allows you to search by words or phrases, topic, bill number, date range, committees, page number, and byline. Additionally, you can can sort your results by relevancy, date, and alphabetic by title.

Below is a view of the Advanced Search feature.

advanced search

Access to the CQ Magazine is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

CQ Magazine: What is it?

This is the first in a four part series blog post spotlighting Congressional Quarterly Magazine.

The CQ Magazine reports on the world’s most powerful legislative body completely and accurately every week. Readers get an in-depth report on issues looming on the congressional horizon, plus a complete  wrap up of the previous week’s news, including the status of bills in play, behind-the-scenes maneuvering, committee and flood activity, debates, and all roll-call votes.

Below is a view of the home page.

home page

Additionally, CQ Magazine is written in plain-English prose that makes it easy for people “outside the beltway” to understand just as well as any Washington insider. CQ Magazine covers the issues, makes them simple to understand, and does so in a manner that is even-handed and accurate.

Below is a view one of the articles that is available online on the CQ Magazine.

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On the right side of the navigation screen, you can view several search tools to assist you. Also, you can click on the Advanced Search feature to further search and narrow your results.

Below is a view of the advanced search tool.

advanced search

Additionally, you can make a profile on the CQ Magazine website. You can view your profile, select favorite documents, saved searches, and document history. Those options are located on the top left side of the home page.

Below is a view of the options you have when you make a profile on the website.

profile

Access to the CQ Magazine database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

Bloomberg BNA’s Health Care Daily Report: Companies

This is the fourth in a four part blog post spotlighting Bloomberg BNA’s Health Care Daily Report.

The BNA’s Health Care Daily Report website provides users with the ability to search health care topics by company.  The Companies tab can be located on the left side of the home page. Under the Companies tab, there are a few companies listed or you can select All Companies to find an extensive list of companies involved in health care issues.

Below is a view of the home page. The green box indicates were the Companies tab can be located on the home page.

Companies home page

After you select All Companies, an extensive list of companies will appear. The companies are organized alphabetically. At the top of the list, a row of letters is located and helps you skip to the company you are searching for.

Below is a view under the All Companies tab. The green box indicates where the row of letters can be located to assist you in your search.

companies list

After selecting a specific company, you can view the particular issues that company is involved in. A specific issue under the company’s page will contain the date, title, and a short synopsis of what the issue involves.

Below is a view of a specific company and the issues it is involved with.

issues under specific company

After selecting a specific issue, the article explains what the specific issue is about. The Snapshot box located on the right side of the screen provides a brief synopsis. At the bottom of the article, there is a link with more information and related topics, agencies, and companies.

Below is a view of a specific issue.

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Access to Bloomberg BNA’s Daily Health Care Report’s database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

Bloomberg BNA’s Health Care Daily Report: Law Firms

This is the third in a four part series blog post spotlighting Bloomberg BNA’s Health Care Daily Report.

On Bloomberg BNA’s Health Care Daily Report’s home page, there is a Law Firms tab on the left side of the page. Under the Law Firms tab on home page, there are a few law firms listed, but there is also an All Law Firms button.

Below is a view of the home page. The green box indicates where the Law Firms tab can located on the home page.

Law firms

After clicking on All Law Firms, the website will lead you to a page with a list of law firms. The law firms are organized alphabetically. At the top of the screen you can choose what beginning letter you want to search by to find a specific law firm.

Below is a view of the Law Firms screen.

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When you click on a law firm, you can see the issues that the specific law firm has been involved in. Each specific issue will provide you with the date, headline, and a short synopsis of the issue.

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After selecting a specific issue, the site will direct you to a page with a detailed article explaining what was going on in that specific case.

Below is a view of a specific issue that was selected under a particular law firm.

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Access to Bloomberg BNA’s Health Care Daily Report can be found at the Texas Tech Law Library website under the electronic databases tab.