RBG Coloring Book & National Library Week

ruth-bader-ginsburg-coloring-book-ruth-bader-ginsburg-coloring-bookIt’s important for law students and even law faculty to unwind now and again, and adult coloring books are all the rage!  Need a way to justify that your coloring is law related?  Try the Ruth Bader Ginsburg coloring book.

The pages are available to print for free.  Don’t forget to stop by the Law Library Commons during National Library Week, April 11th to the 15th, and participate in our coloring contest. One category is RBG, and the winners of the best picture in each category, as judged by a panel of coloring enthusiasts, will win great prizes!

Keep your eyes open for more information about the full slate of events we have planned for National Library Week, including Trivia Night on Monday, April 11th.  It’s free and there’ll be pizza and beer for registered teams.  To register your team of six, contact Alyson Drake, Student Services Library, at alyson.drake@ttu.edu.

 

GPO Launches GovInfo To Replace FDsys In 2017

According to a recent press release, The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) launched www.govinfo.gov and ushered in a new, dynamic way for the public to discover and access Government information on the three branches of the Federal Government.

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GovInfo is user-friendly and provides a responsive navigation system that is accessible on smartphones, tablets, laptops and personal computers. GPO receives information from Federal agencies and organizations in all three branches of the Government.

There are more than 1.5 million titles available on GovInfo, with more added daily. Collections on GovInfo include:

  • The Congressional Record
  • Federal Register
  • Congressional Calendars, Hearings, Reports
  • Bills
  • The U.S. Code
  • Code of Federal Regulations
  • U.S. Courts Opinions
  • The Federal Budget

Its content feeds The Library of Congress’ www.congress.gov and the Federal Register site. Currently in beta, GovInfo will replace GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) in 2017.

Research Guides from the TTU Law Library

Do you ever find yourself looking for help getting started in legal research? Do you find yourself wanting to know the basics of a common resource? Do you wonder what resources the Law Library has available to you? If you ever finding yourself answering “Yes” to one of these questions, then you may want to consider checking out the Texas Tech Law Library’s Research Guide Series (also called “LibGuides”).

The Law Library’s LibGuides are 60+ Research Guides (and growing!) on a variety of topics. Four guides are “Library Services”, with guides marketed to different patron groups, such as Faculty, Students, Members of the Bar, and Members of the Public. These guides help different patrons find the services available to them.

small_logoThe next group of guides are our Course & Subject guides, under the collective brand “What2Use”. These guides are resources in particular subjects, tied to particular College of Law courses. Each guide is divided into parts containing primary law sources, study materials for students, and materials for practitioners and advanced researchers. Guides are available for all required doctrinal courses, all bar exam electives, and a number of other popular electives. We are expanding this list, as well as continually reviewing and updating the existing guides.

The other major category of the Law Library’s LibGuides is the “How2Use” guide series. The How2Use guides focus on specific resources, such as Dorsaneo’s Texas Litigation Guide, or general guides on using resources, such as our guides on Legal Apps or Terms and Connectors searching. We are also continually expanding this list, as well as updating existing guides: Watch for guides on legal citation and O’Connor’s Online in the coming weeks.

The last few guides don’t fit into particular categories, but include such topics as bar prep materials, online people & property searches, and a guide for Spanish-speaking patrons to help find Spanish-language resources.

So, check out the Law Library’s LibGuides when you need a place to get started. You’re sure to find something helpful.

Have a suggestion for a Law Library Research Guide topic, or a resource to be added to one of our existing LibGuides? Send your suggestions to Joshua Pluta at joshua.pluta@ttu.edu.

Monitoring Social Media & the 2016 Presidental Election

LexisNexis has a new site, U.S. Presidential Campaign Tracker, that allows viewers to monitor how the medial is covering the 2016 Presidential Election.

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This site provides a variety of charts that shows various type of information including; Top Candidates 30-Day Coverage, Political Party Article Sentiment and Twitter feeds.

The Political Party Article Sentiment shows the number of media articles published by political party and then shows the percentage of positive, negative and neutral treatments of the articles.

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There is also a list of Twitter feeds from various people concerning the election which is interesting to follow.twitter feeds

This is a really interesting site to check-out if you are interested in the elections!

Umbrellas at the Law Library Circulation Desk

umbrellaIt doesn’t rain in West Texas very often but when it does you might need an umbrella!

Remember, the Circulation desk has a limited number of umbrellas that you can borrow when the rain catches you unaware and unprepared.

All we ask is if you borrow an umbrella, please return it so we can loan it out again!

 

SPARC Addendum To Retain Copyright of Scholarly Work

As you submit articles this spring, keep in mind the language of the journal publication agreements.

Many academic authors inadvertently give away the copyright to their work by signing broad publication agreements that give the journals the copyright.

Generally, most law journals have amended their publication agreements to account for authors retaining copyright, thus retaining the ability to share their work (or use their work) as they see fit.images

But there are likely some journals that are behind in updating their publication agreements. If you want to use or share the work that you created, it is best to make sure that you retain the right to do so.

That’s where the SPARC Author Addendum may be useful. If you find that a publication agreement does not contain language allowing you to retain copyright, you might decide to include this addendum to ensure that you do, in fact, retain copyright.

Additionally, if you are unsure about the rights granted by specific journals, please visit SHERPA/RoMEO for more information about publisher copyright policies.

Keep Yourself Up-to-date with RSS Feeds

Do you find yourself struggling with keeping up-to-date on the latest news in your areas of interest? Do you want a more convenient way to get your daily updates than going to a dozen bookmarked sites? RSS Feeds may be the solution. Almost all websites with continually updated content (such as this blog, for example) use RSS (short for Rich Site Summary, but often also called “Really Simple Syndication”) to push content in a format-neutral form (so that future site redesigns automatically update old content). The plus side is that these RSS feeds can be read by other programs that aggregate them into one place.

Aggregating feeds is done with an RSS reader program. There are a number of them out there, but I recommend Feedly, which is 1) free; 2) available on the web or as an app for iOS and Android; and 3) really clean and user-friendly. You can add feeds by just searching the name of the website or entering the page URL. There are even alternative apps that connect to your Feedly subscriptions if you don’t like Feedly’s interface.

Once you’ve found the Reader you like, you just need to add feeds. Depending on the site and your reader, you can generally just either search for the site or the URL, but you can also look for the RSS feed icon, which looks something like this:

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Clicking on the RSS icon will take you to a URL that is just the feed you can add to your reader. Once you’ve added sites, you can then go to your reader and start reading. It’s also easy to add or remove a site at a later time, so you don’t have to worry about getting it right the first time.

To help you get started, here’s a few sites I subscribe to with my RSS reader (with feed URLs):

I hope this helps you find ways to keep up-to-date on your latest news.