Access to Online Study Aid Resources

During the final month of the spring semester, please be aware of the various resources that the Law Library is making available to the Texas Tech Law School community.  In particular, we wish to highlight the various study aid resources being provided by the Law Library.  These include two familiar (I hope) collections, the West Academic Study Aid library and the CALI library.  We have recently added a new resource for your benefit, the Wolters Kluwer Study Aids Library.  For these and access to other resources, please visit the Remote Access to Library Services libguide located at https://libguides.law.ttu.edu/remotelibraryservices.

West Academic Study Aid Library

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The West Academic Study Aid resource contains many of your favorite study aid series, such as Exam Pro (now with Quizzes), Flash Cards, Blackletter Outlines, and Gilberts to name just a few.  There are over 640+ titles (and counting) covering 1L classes, 2L/3L classes, academic success, and even career success topics.  Take advantage of the note taking and highlighting, search capabilities, copy/paste, and printing.  Users are able to utilize multiple means of access to take advantage of this new resource, using their laptop, tablet, or phone.2 WASA series

 

 

 

 

 

 

As part of our subscription to the West Academic Study Aids library, we also are providing access to their new West Academic Assessment product.  This is provided courtesy of West Academic until June 1st.  It provides access to over 5,000 customizable, formative, multiple-choice self-assessment questions that are keyed to West Academic Publishing and Foundation Press casebooks, or available by subject to work with any casebook. You can use the same login created for the West Academic Study Aids resource.

 

CALI

The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction resource consists of 1,000+ interactive legal tutorials written by law professors.  There are numerous ways to find the lessons most appropriate for you – by class level, class subject, and many more.

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If you haven’t already created your account, please contact the Law Library’s Reference Team to request the authorization code at 806-742-7155 or reference.law@ttu.edu.

 

Wolters Kluwer Study Aids Library

The Wolters Kluwer Study Aid Library is a new resource that the Law Library is providing to our Law School community.  There are over 200 tiles from some of the most popular study aid series, including Examples & Explanations (E&E’s), Crunchtimes, Glannon Guides, among several others.

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Take advantage of the note taking and highlighting, full-text search, highlighting, and printing.  Users are able to utilize multiple means of access to take advantage of this new resource, using their laptop, tablet, or phone.

 

 

 

For assistance with any of these study aid resources, please contact the Reference Desk between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday via email or phone. Or you can visit the handy Remote Access to Library Services libguide at https://libguides.law.ttu.edu/remotelibraryservices.

Email:  reference.law@ttu.edu

Phone:  806-742-7155

Faces of the Library: Erica Lux-Flores

Erica Staff Spotlight

Erica is one of the most hard working students at Texas Tech Law Library. We are very grateful for her hard work and dedication. Although the library isn’t open right now, you can still find Erica at the online circulation help desk. Please, read her profile and get to know Erica:

What are some of the tasks you do for the TTU Law Library? I work at the circulation desk, and assist students with checking out materials, answering reference questions, and generally being available during my shifts.

 

What is your favorite thing about working at the TTU Law Library? The best part is interacting with students, and making their days just a little bit brighter.

 

What is one thing about the law library that current and prospective students should know? If you lost something, check with us in the Library! We may have it.

 

What is your favorite restaurant in Lubbock? Royal Indian Cuisine and Seoul Korean Restaurant are two of my favorite places!

 

What hobbies or activities do you like to do outside the law library? I love to spend time with my pets, enjoy playing video games, and like to catch up on my favorite shows when things are not too busy at school.

 

Working From Home

Working or studying from home can be a challenge when you are accustomed to going to the University on weekdays. Below are some tips on how to make your workday as productive as possible.

  • Plan for the day-According to Google’s productivity expert, having a plan for the day is essential. She suggests drafting a flexible schedule the night before with critical tasks that you want to complete the next day. The plan helps to ensure you are getting work done.  
  • Seek out quiet spaces-People with a partner, roommates, or kids will need to find a quiet place to work. Consider setting up your work area in a room with a door or in a low traffic area of the house. The quiet works space will prevent unexpected noise during study/work times and conference calls. Try to create a study environment that is distraction-free (or as free from distraction as possible). Attics, basements, and guest bedrooms are all great options.
  • Take care of yourself-Try out some home workouts. Get a good night’s sleep, and for goodness sake, wash your hands!

Visit our remote services guide for more suggestions.

Fun Sites for Stress Relief

It has been an interesting experience working from home, with many advantages as well as challenges. One of the biggest challenge is both letting work go and staying focused. There are times when I get so involved in what I’m doing that I forget to “leave work.” My family has to remind me to “come home!” Other times it’s a challenge to stay focused.

One way to find balance is to build in structured breaks. Just like in the workplace you need to take a break from what you are doing to stay productive. The law library has provided a wide selection of ways to take fun breaks from your work and studies on the “De-stressing Activities” page of our Remote Access to Library Services LibGuide.

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Here are a few of my favorite activities.

I enjoy playing Mahjong and like the Mahjongg Solitaire game from USA Today games site. The USA Today site has a huge variety of games that are quick and fun. I highly recommend this site for online games to play. 247 games If you happen to like Mahjong, another good site is 247 Games. This site has a large variety of games to play including Mahjong and Solitaire. This site is a fun place to find de-stressing games.

The De-stressing Libguide also includes a variety of de-stressing tips and strategies including the Texas Tech University School of Law Mental Wellness Toolkit. There are also a variety of online workout routines! You can stay in shape and improve your mental well-being. If music helps you relax, there are a wide-variety of links to music, especially classical music. Another idea is looking for your favorite radio station online! Many radio stations have streaming music available online and it’s easy to click and listen to your favorite songs.

Something else to check out are the virtual cultural tours. The art museums are wonderful to visit. I also enjoyed the National Park Tours. This site provides 360⁰ views of various national parks. This helps you get outdoors in the wilderness virtually when you are stuck inside. monterey bay I enjoy watching various animal cams including the Monterey Bay Aquarium web cams and the webcams from the San Diego Zoo.

It is still possible to go outside for a walk in the real world and enjoy a great live break from studying or working. However, if you get tired of the view from your neighborhood you can always go outside with other people and take a walk with them and see their neighborhood. You can watch people who have posted videos of themselves walking around in other locations. The “Let’s Go for a Stroll Outside” site has collected some of these videos for easy viewing.

When you feel like you are going stir-crazy, watch other places with webcams. One fun site is the EarthCam site. EarthCam lets you watch webcams from all over the world. You can watch the beach at Fort Lauderdale, Florida or Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia and everywhere in between!

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There are all kinds of online fun things to do to take a quick break from studying and working at home, these are just a few suggestions. Please email me your favorite links to fun breaks and I’ll follow up this blog post with your favorite suggestions.

Complimentary Access to Electronic Case Books

Several publishers are offering law students affected by the current COVID-19 pandemic complimentary access to their electronic case books.

WestAcademic

  • Complimentary electronic case books through June 1st.
  • Please call  877.888.1330 (ext.4) or email support@westacademic.com to setup an e-book.
  • Students must have a West Academic account before they call in. They can use their online study aids account or create an account.
  • Students do not need to provide proof of purchase.

Carolina Academic Press

  • Will work one-on-one with professors to distribute e-book access to students through June 1st.

Westlaw

  • Providing e-books equivalents.
  • This offer is limited to students who own a print copy of the title and who can’t get to their copy due to travel restrictions, leaving it in their dorms, etc.

Lexis

  • Will make title-by-title decisions. 
  • Call 800-833-9844 to see if your case book is eligible.

Bluebook

Greenbook and Manual on Usage & Style (MoUS)

  • Online editions are available at Rulebook, which only works for Apple devices.
  • Greenbook’s price is $15.99 and MoUS’s price is $18.99.

Visit our remote services guide for more information.

Tips for Virtual Group Studying & Instructions for Law Library’s Virtual Study Room Reservations

Tips for Successful Virtual Group Studying: 

  1. Keep the group size small and manageable.
    • 3-5 members is a good size for a virtual study group.
  2. Keep Study Group Goals Realistic.
    • Set a realistic goal for efficient studying time. 2 or 3 hours with breaks will likely be productive, but 5 or 6 hours may be too ambitious.
    • Build in time at the beginning to catch up and chat with your friends.
    • Build in study breaks to refresh and re-group, and to give your eyes a break from looking at a screen.
    • Give yourselves grace. This is a unprecedented time for everyone. If your online study group session does not go as planned or perfectly, that’s okay.
  3. Keep Study Time Focused.
    • Pick a group leader to keep the group on track.
    • Select a quiet space in your home with minimal distractions.
    • Try to start on time and end on time.
  4. Stick to a plan.
    • Discuss with group members how the study group time will be used most effectively, depending on the studying styles of the group members.
    • Try to meet the needs of all group members—this is where it is beneficial to keep the size of the group small.
    • Create a schedule/syllabus of tasks:
      • I.e. Spend an hour on practice questions, 20 min talking out/explaining big concepts, 45 min on a practice essay.
  5. Be prepared.
    • Study ahead of time so group time can be used efficiently.
    • Identify concepts that you struggle with.
    • Make a list of questions to ask group members.
  6. Take Action.
    • If there are areas multiple group members are struggling with, email the professor with questions. Send a single email from one group member and share the response with everyone in the group.
    • Several professors have indicated that they are willing to virtually conference with study groups. If your group has some subject areas that they think would be best explained coming from the professor, set up a virtual conference with a professor.
    • Come to the conference prepared. Have specific questions ready. It may be helpful to assign questions to specific group members so everyone participates, keeping the meeting productive and beneficial for everyone.
  7. Reflect.
    • Be honest with yourselves— how productive was the study group?  Be open to discussing with your group members what did and did not work.
    • Adjust based on your reflections.  This will ensure that the study group is working for everyone.computer-man

How to Reserve Virtual Study Rooms

The Law Library has created ten virtual study rooms where students can meet with their study groups.

Students can register to use one of our online study rooms using our Room Reservation system.

Law Students may reserve two 2-hour blocks per day for a total of 4-hours maximum for study rooms per day.

The same study group should not book the same room for more than 4 hours per day.  Students must reserve the room using the link above BEFORE entering a room.

Study Room Reservation Guidelines:

  • Rooms are only available to Law Students, Law Faculty and Law Staff.
  • Rooms are available for booking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Each study room booking defaults to a maximum 2-hour reservation.
  • Law Students may reserve two 2-hour blocks per day for a total of 4-hours maximum for study rooms per day.
  • The 2-hour reservations may be consecutive, or may be split.
  • The same study group should not book the same room for more than 4 hours per day.
  • Study room reservations can be made up to 2 weeks in advance.
  • During Law Library finals hours, study room reservations can be made 2 days in advance.
  • You are expected to use the room while you have it reserved, please do not leave the room empty for an extended period of time.
  • If you are finished with a study room before your reservation has expired, please contact the Circulation Desk at 806-742-3957 or email to circulation.law@ttu.edu.

For more resources on how to cope with the challenges of remote learning, please see the Law Library’s Remote Access to Library Services LibGuide, where you can get more tips on working from home, ideas for how to de-stress, and much more.

March 2020 Law Faculty Publications & News

Throughout the month of March, the Law Library received alerts for full-time TTU Law Faculty publications and news. Below is a compilation of those daily alerts for March 1st to March 31st, 2020.

Articles

1. Gerry W. Beyer, ed., Keeping Current— Probate, Prob. & Prop. At 30 (2020).

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1. Professor Camp was quoted in the following article: Joshua Rosenberg, Dems’ Attempt to Get Trump’s Tax Returns Likely to Time Out, Law360 Tax Authority (March 4, 2020), available at: https://www.law360.com/tax-authority/articles/1250092/dems-attempt-to-get-trump-s-tax-returns-likely-to-time-out.

Citations

1. Prof. Murphy’s work in Eight Things American Can’t Figure Out About Controlling Administrative Power is cited in the following article: Jeffrey M. Surprenant, Pulling the Reins On Chevron, 65 Loy. L. Rev. 399 (2019).

2. Prof. Chiappinelli’s book Cases and Materials on Business Entities is cited in the following article: Michael Held and Thomas M. Noone, Bank Culture and the Official Sector: A Spectrum of Options, 43 Seattle U. L. Rev. 683 (2020).

3. Prof. Ross’s article Protecting the Unsophisticated Tenant: A Call for Cap on Late Fees in the Housing Choice Voucher Program is cited in the Ericka Petersen, Building A House for Gideon: The Right to Counsel in Evictions, 16 Stan. J. Civ. Rts. & Civ. Liberties 63 (2020).

4. Prof. Loewy’s article Religious Neutrality and the Death Penalty is cited in the following article: April J. Anderson, Peremptory Challenges at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century: Development of Modern Jury Selection Strategies as Seen in Practitioners’ Trial Manuals, 16 Stan. J. Civ. Rts. & Civ. Liberties 1 (2020).

5. Prof. Casto’s book The Supreme Court in the Early Republic: The Chief Justiceships of John Jay and Oliver Ellsworth is cited in the following article: D.A. Jeremy Telman, All That is Liquidated Melts Into Air: Five Meta-Interpretive Issues, 24 Barry L. Rev. 1 (2019).

6. Prof. Metze’s article Dissecting the ABA Texas Capital Punishment Assessment Report of 2013: Death and Texas, A Surprising Improvement is cited in the following article: Valena E. Beety, Changed Science Writs and State Habeas Relief, 57 Hous. L. Rev. 483 (2020).

7. Prof. Robert Sherwin’s work in The Changing Landscape of the Texas Citizens Participation Act is cited in the following article: Joseph F. Cleveland Jr., J. Heath Coffman, & Kevin C. Smith, TUTSA and the Texas Citizens Participation Act, 20202A Advanced Intell. Prop. L. 3-11 (2020).

8. Prof. Loewy’s article Culpability, Dangerousness, and Harm: Balancing the Factors on Which Our Criminal Law is Predicated is cited in the following article: Jordan Blair Woods, U. Rich. L. Rev. 833 (2020).

9. Prof. Camp’s article The Play’s the Thing: A Theory of Taxing Virtual Worlds is cited in the following article: Blake E. Reid, Internet Architecture and Disability, 95 Ind. L.J. 591 (2020).

News

1. On March 3, 2020, Professor Beyer presented a webinar for the American Law Institute entitled Anticipating Will Contests and How to Avoid Them.

2. On March 7, 2020, Professor Beyer presented a seminar at the 2020 Annual Professional Program held during the Annual Meeting of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel in Boca Raton, Florida. The presented was entitled Just Because You Are Still Alive Doesn’t Mean You Cannot Probate Your Will: Ante-Mortem Probate as the Ultimate Will Contest Prevention Technique.

3. Professor Baker has been invited by Atomium – European Institute for Science, Media and Democracy to participate in “The AI4People’s Ethical Framework for a Good AI Society” as the only United States member of the “Legal Services Committee.” Professor Baker will lend her expertise in creating a practical, industry-specific framework for the use of ethical artificial intelligence in law.

4. Professor Beyer served as a panelist on a webinar addressing COVID-19 issues as they arise in the estate planning contest. The webinar was sponsored by InterActive Legal entitled “Practical Options for Estate Planners in Unexpected Times.” The webinar can be viewed at: https://go.interactivelegal.com/l/334851/2020-03-25/21xwc6g.