Spring ELR Schedule

Now is the time to sign up for Excellence in Legal Research classes to show your employers that you have the practical skills necessary to succeed in the practice of law! Registration opens on Friday, 11/11, at 9:00am. Please see our program website for more information on the program requirements.

If you’re interested in signing up for ELR classes, please contact Alyson Drake (alyson.drake@ttu.edu), the Director of the Excellence in Legal Research Program, so she can register you for the program in Blackboard.  Once you are registered for the program, follow our registration guidelines to sign up for individual classes.  If a class is full, it will no longer show up on the registration page, but you can be added to the wait-list by contacting Alyson.

Here’s our spring course list:


We hope to see many of you in ELR classes this spring!

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.

Excellence in Legal Research Summer Classes

Did you know that 35% of what a lawyer does in the first two years of practice is legal research?   Studies also show that the majority of those hiring new attorneys see new associates’ research skills as lacking or severely lacking.

The award winning Excellence in Legal Research Program at Texas Tech Law is a great way to strengthen your research skills before you enter the legal profession.  If you are currently a 1L or a 2L, it is still possible to complete the ten courses that will give you a bright spot on your resume and a leg up on those applying for the jobs you want.

This summer, we are offering THREE classes (see below).  Contact Alyson Drake, the Coordinator of the ELR program, at alyson.drake@ttu.edu to sign up for the classes, and keep your eyes open in August for the fall schedule.

ELR Single-Sided Flyer -- Summer 2016

Blue and Green Book Survival Skills on Wednesday, May 25th from 5:30-8:30pm (a great way to get ready to serve on a law journal or to brush up on your skills before your summer job starts)

Texas Statutory Materials on Wednesday, June 8th from 5:30-8:30pm

Federal Legislative History on Friday, July 8th from 2:00-5:00pm

Sign up today!