February 2018 New Books

2018 February new books

In February 2018, the Law Library added the following new titles to the collection to support the research and curricular needs of our faculty and students.


  1. Erichson, Howard M., Inside Civil Procedure: What Matters and Why (2018).


  1. Morse, Edward A., ed., Electronic Payment Systems: Law and Emerging Technologies (2018).


  1. Bali, Asli U., Constitution Writing, Religion and Democracy (2017).


  1. West, Thomas G., The Political Theory of the American Founding: Natural Rights, Public Policy, and the Moral Conditions of Freedom (2017).


  1. Miller, T. Christian and Ken Armstrong, A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America (2018).
  1. Goluboff, Risa Lauren, Vagrant Nation: Police Power, Constitutional Change, and the Making of the 1960s (2016).
  2. Lawlor, Bruce M., When Deadly Force is Involved: A Look at the Legal Side of Stand Your Ground, Duty to Retreat, and Other Questions of Self-Defense (2017).


  1. Knolton, Cristina C. and H. Nyree Gray, Win or Go Home: A Guide to Negotiation Success in Competition and in Life (2017).


  1. Hien, Josef and Christian Joerges, eds., Ordoliberalism, Law and the Rule of Economics (2017).


  1. Frolik, Lawrence A., Elder Law and Later-Life Legal Planning (2017).
  2. Frolik, Lawrence A., The Law of Later-Life Healthcare and Decision Making (2018).


  1. Bouthillier, Yves Le ed., et. al., Law and Policy of Biofuels (2017).


  1. Miller, Jim, ed., From the Trenches II: Mastering the Art of Preparing Witnesses (2017).


  1. Rothstein, Richard, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America (2017).


  1. Kendall, Virginia M. and T. Markus Funk, Child Exploitation and Trafficking: Examining Global Enforcement and Supply Chain Challenges, and U.S. Responses (2017).


  1. Kletzer, Christoph, The Idea of a Pure Theory of Law (2018).


  1. Edwards, Linda Holdeman, The Doctrine-Skills Divide: Legal Education’s Self-Inflicted Wound (2017).
  2. Grant, Emily, Sandra Simpson, and Kelly Terry, eds., Experiential Education in the Law School Curriculum (2018).
  3. Hay, Iain, How to be an Academic Superhero: Establishing and Sustaining a Successful Career in the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities (2017).
  4. Townsend, Keith and Mark N.K. Saunders, How to Keep Your Research Project on Track : Insights from When Things Go Wrong (2018).
  5. Moosa, Imad A., Publish or Perish: Perceived Benefits Versus Unintended Consequences (2018).
  6. McGuire, Saundra Yancy with Stephanie McGuire, Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate into any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation (2015).


  1. Rhodes, Jill D. and Robert S. Litt, eds., The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook: A Resource for Attorneys, Law Firms, and Business Professionals (2018).
  2. Cuban, Brian, The Addicted Lawyer: Tales of the Bar, Booze, Blow, and Redemption (2017).
  3. Healy, Shawn and Jeffrey Fortgang, The Full Weight of the Law: How Legal Professionals Can Recognize and Rebound from Depression (2017).
  4. Box, John P., The Millennial Lawyer: How Your Firm Can Motivate and Retain Young Associates (2018).
  5. Silver, Marjorie A., Transforming Justice, Lawyers and the Practice of Law (2017).
  6. Siegel, Daniel J. and Pamela A. Myers, The Ultimate Guide to Adobe Acrobat DC (2017).


  1. Lewis, David W., Reimagining the Academic Library (2016).


  1. Ohlin, Jens David, Research Handbook on Remote Warfare (2017).


  1. Bratman, Michael, Shared Agency: A Planning Theory of Acting Together (2014).


  1. Tsai, Robert L., America’s Forgotten Constitutions: Defiant Visions of Power and Community (2014).
  2. Chinn, Stuart, Recalibrating Reform: The Limits of Political Change (2014).
  3. Bookheim, Louis W., et.al., Reports of U.S. Presidential Commissions and Other Advisory Bodies: A Bibliographic Listing (2017).


  1. Kilcrease, Bethany, The Great Church Crisis and the End of English Erastianism, 1898-1906 (2017).


  1. Bessler, John D., The Death Penalty as Torture: From the Dark Ages to Abolition (2017).


  1. Beard, Mary, Women & Power: A Manifesto (2017).


  1. Bender, Daniel J., R. Jason Fowler, and Pierre E. Kressmann, Demonstratives: Definitive Treatise on Visual Persuasion (2017).


  1. Fleck, John, Water is for Fighting Over: And Other Myths About Water in the West (2016).
  2. Hollo, Erkki J., Water Resource Management and the Law (2017).

All of these books are available from the Law Library.  If you would like to check out any of these titles, please contact the circulation desk at either 806-742-3957 or circulation.law@ttu.edu.

Celebrate Women’s History Month with our March Madness Competition

This month, the law library is bringing together two of our favorite things: celebrating women and March Madness!  You may have noticed this awesome display in the lobby to the library and wondered what it’s for.


This competition is meant to introduce you to some fabulous women in legal history, and to act as stress relief as we head into the middle of the semester.  You’ll have a chance to learn about some inspiring women and win some cool prizes!

Here’s how it works:

  1.  Starting on March 1, 2018, two legal figures will face each other to determine which of the two is the most inspiring female legal figure.  For each match, anyone can cast a single vote for who they believe is the most inspiring. You can vote by participating in our daily Twitter or Facebook poll, or by casting a vote at the Circulation Desk.  Matches will occur each day, including Saturdays and Sundays.
  2. Starting Monday, February 26, 2018 (today!), 101 decks of seven cards each (six trading cards + one rule card) will be available at the Circulation Desk on a first-come, first-served basis. Decks will be available until a single legal figure remains. baseball-cards.jpg
  3. The contest will be divided into five rounds corresponding with the tournament bracket displayed near the Circulation Desk:
    • First Round: Entry opens Monday, February 26th at noon // Entry closes Thursday, March 1st at 5:00pm // Eight winners announced Monday, March 19th.
    • Second Round: Entry opens Thursday, March 1st at 8:00am // Entry closes Friday, March 16th at 5:00pm // Four winners announced Monday, March 26th.
    • Third Round: Entry opens Thursday, March 1st at 8:00am // Entry closes Saturday, March 24th at 5:00pm // Three winners announced Thursday, March 29th.
    • Fourth Round: Entry opens Thursday, March 1st at 8:00am // Entry closes Wednesday, March 28th at 5:00pm // Two winners announced Monday, April 2nd.
    • Fifth Round: Entry opens Thursday, March 1st at 8:00am // Entry closes Saturday, March 31st at 5:00pm // Winner announced Monday, April 2nd.
  4. Participants enter a round by signing (legibly) and dating the card of a legal figure they believe will survive a round of competition and placing the card in the ballot box for that round before entry closes.  Participants may NOT enter each round more than once.  Neither illegibly signed cards, nor the cards of participants who enter more than one card into a single round will be considered.
  5. Winners are decided according to the following method: (1) At the close of each round, the ballot box for the round will be collected, (2) participants who provide an incorrect answer will be removed from consideration, (3) participants rendered ineligible from participation in the round under Rule 4 (above) will be removed from consideration; and (5) participants who provide a correct answer earn one additional chance to win for each round that closed after their entry was made and before the current round closed, (6) after additional chances to win are determined, winners will be randomly drawn from a bowl of the contestants’ names.
    • Example: A enters a correct answer for the Championship round on Thursday, March 1st. B enters a correct answer fro the Championship round on Monday, March 26th.  Initially, both A and B have one chance to win. However, because four rounds closed after A submitted their answer, A will receive four additional chances to win for a total of five chances.  In comparison, B will only receive two chances to win because only one round ended after they entered their card.

Stop by today to pick up your pack of cards! The prizes get better with every round, so play hard and play often!

Government Secrets: How to Uncover and Find Declassified Information on the Making of U.S. Foreign and National Security Policy on the National Security Archive & ProQuest Digital National Security Database

It is a challenge to find information on the making of U.S. foreign and national security policy. This type of information is vital to our understanding of national security.  It can also be important when researching for work in foreign policy and lawmaking. It is also important that citizens are able to find the information they need to be well-informed.

The National Security Archive was “founded in 1985 by journalists and scholars to check rising government secrecy.” (https://nsarchive.gwu.edu/about).  This site collects millions of pages of declassified documents.  The collection goes back to the end of World War II and continues up to the present.  The focus of the collections is on documents that pertain to national security interests.

National Security Archive

They have teamed up with ProQuest to create sets of documents on topics including: Afghanistan, the Making of U.S. policy, 1973-1990; The Berlin Crisis, 1958-1962; and The Cuban Missile Crisis 50th Anniversary Update.  Texas Tech University has a subscription to this curated database. Users can access the ProQuest Digital National Security Database by going to the main University’s library’s webpage and clicking on “Databases A-Z” and then typing “ProQuest Digital National Security” into the Database List search box.

Proquest Digital National Secutiy

ProQuest’s database is curated, meaning the documents in these collections have been selected for inclusion so the user doesn’t have to search for the most relevant documents on a topic.  A search for “Afghanistan U.S. Policy” in ProQuest National Security Database produces 231 results (see image below). ProQuest also provides filters for document type date, and more.

Proquest Afghanistan results

As seen in the image below, the same search in the National Security Archive produces more results, over 2,500 hits! This is because the search has not be vetted for the most relevant documents. This site provides two places to search: (1) the search box, which is available on every page, and (2) the search box under the “Documents” tab, located on the top bar.

NSA search box search

Both sites provide many of the same documents about U.S. national security policy.  ProQuest’s Digital National Security Archive will provide less overall documents but the documents have been curated and as such are more likely to bring up the most relevant documents.  This makes the research process easier for the researcher.  The National Security Archive provides a greater depth of information, but requires the researcher to do more work locating relevant material.


Visit the Collaborative Commons This Thursday for BLSA’s First Ever Poetry Slam!

Join us in the law library’s Collaborative Commons for the first annual Black History Month Poetry Slam on Thursday, February 8th from 6-8pm.  Coffee and snacks will be provided, and door prizes will be given out between poetry performances!  You can also check out our Black History Month display on major moments in the history of the NAACP, which will be up starting Tuesday, February 6th.

Poetry Slam Poster

Visit Texas Tech Law Library’s New Home Page!

Library Front Page

The Texas Tech Law Library has redesigned the library home page to provide better service for our patrons.  There are some changes to the features from the older site, but overall the site is easier to navigate and more organized.  The Law Library faculty and staff will be happy to assist you with any questions you may have.

On the top gray bar, there are several options that show drop down menus once they are clicked. The first is simply the link to the Law Library home page.

The second is the Information drop down menu. This menu discusses information directly about the Law Library such as the Floor plans, Location Guide, Law Library Blog and more.

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The third option on the gray bar is the Research and Reference menu. This menu is the location that the links to all the information services that the library provides such as a link to the Electronic Databases, links to Westlaw, Lexis Advance, Bloomberg Law, and to the West Academic Study Aids.  You can find a great deal of information commonly used for research and assignments in this link.

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Below the gray bar is the Texas Tech Law Library Catalog search bar. Entering keywords or terms here will take students to the library catalog to begin their search. Clicking on the advanced search box will automatically create a new window to the Law Library Catalog’s  advanced search function.

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Below the catalog search is a red bar with links directing different categories of people to click the links. Students will find the most useful information in the Student Link. Clicking the Student link will open a new window to a Student Services LibGuide that discusses in depth each type of service that the Law Library and the Librarians offer students.

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Finally, at the bottom of the page and below the red bar, this section offers a variety of useful information and links to patrons. This area of the new homepage offers a direct link to the Law Library Blog, The Reporter, and the Law Library Newsletter. Additionally, you will find the Library Hours and how to contact the different departments of the library. Quick links gives links to various parts of the Library website and catalog and also the Law Library social media webpages, as well as the new home for the Law Library’s Noise Report.

Contact Marin Dell, Assistant Director for Electronic and Digital Services, for questions or comments at marin.dell@ttu.edu.

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