Part One – TexasBarCLE: What is it?

This is the first part of a four part series featuring:

TexasBarCLE is a source provided by the State Bar of Texas. It contains free online classes, practice manuals, webcasts, publications, law practice management tools, and databases.

It is accessible through the State Bar of Texas website.


After selecting the tab at the top of the State Bar of Texas website, you will see this as the home page.


On the right side of the home page you will see search tabs for Casemaker and Fastcase which are two resources provided by the State Bar of Texas for Legal Research.

On the top bar of the page you will see tabs for cart, log in, FAQ and Contact Us. Under the FAQ section of the home page you can find a lot of answers regarding what services this websites provides and how to access them.


These topics are further divided into specific questions below, and are linked to corresponding answers.

For example, one useful thing to know is that the login information that you use for is completely separate from and are operated independently. is open to non-attorneys. Seminars, online classes, and other products may be purchased by anyone. However, TexasBarCLE does have some areas that are only accessible by attorneys.

TexasBarCLE is available through the State Bar of Texas website and at

Open Source Access to Scholarly Research

Legal Publishers and others are making it tough for law libraries to maintain many of their collections. For example, Since 1996 Thomson Reuters (West) has dramatically raised the prices of its print titles, both for new sets and, more significantly, for upkeep. Svengalis in his 2016 Legal Information Buyer’s Guide and Reference Manual, tracks 24 popular Thomson Reuter titles and provides a supplementation upkeep cost over a 21 year period, 1995-2015. The average price increase over the 21-year period was 779%. Svengalis also track 20 selective Lexis titles, which increased 299% over the same period. By comparison, the consumer price index rose only 58% during the same time.

With such dramatic increases by commercial publishers, open-source advocates are finding ways to combat the high cost of publications. Wikipedia defines open source access as “. . . online research outputs that are free of all restrictions on access . . . and free of many restrictions on use . . .” Two such entities include the Open Access Button and Unpaywall.

open access buttonBoth are open-source, nonprofit, and dedicated to improving free access to scholarly research. Both scour thousands of institutional repositories (like our ScHOLAR), preprint servers (i.e., SSRN), and other websites to see if an open-access copy of the article is available.

The Open Access Button (OAB) is a browser bookmarklet that is invoked when users hit articles behind a subscription-based site. The OAB will search open access sites for the piece. Both OAB and Unpaywall work similarly.

unpaywallHowever, unlike OAB, Unpaywall uses extensions, which are currently available for Chrome and Firefox. When an Unpaywall user lands on the preview page of a research article and will see either a green unlocked tab or a grey locked tab.  If the tab is green, he or she can click on that tab to view the PDF. See graphic below.

unpaywall in article

Come Celebrate National Library Week With Us!

NLW 2017 Events

April 10th to April 14th is National Library Week!  All week long, we are celebrating our constituents by offering a number of contests for you to win prizes.

In addition to tonight’s Second Annual National Library Week Trivia Night, we have four other contests going on all week, each with its own prizes for the winner.

  1. Coloring Contest:  In the Collaborative Commons, you’ll find some colored pencils and coloring sheets. Color the pages, answer the quick research question at the top, and turn it in to the Circulation Desk with your name on the back. Our panel of expert judges will pick winners on Friday–winners will receive their own coloring books and colored pencils to de-stress throughout the exam period. You can also vote for your favorite work of art on the Library’s Facebook page–the Fan Favorite winner will also get a prize!
  2. Favorite Fiction Matching Contest:  Try to match your favorite professors and library staff members to their favorite fiction book.  First prize is a wireless speaker donated by LexisAdvance.  Entry sheets are in the library lobby; just turn in your answers by Friday at noon for your chance to win!
  3. Candy Guessing Game:  Guess the number of pieces of candy in the jar at the Circulation Desk. The closest to the correct number of pieces will win the candy!
  4. National Library Week Survey:  Fill out our survey to let us know what services you’d like to see the library offer next year.  All students who enter have a chance to win one of two gift cards.

Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals: Creating an eTOC Alert

Part Four in a Four Part Series.

Under the Print Edition tab of the Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (IFLP), there is a tab to create an eTOC alert through HeinOnline. This creates a general alert for the IFLP.



When researching within a specific periodical, you can create a bookmark for a page that saves that page to the eTOC alerts.



After saving the bookmark, a user can access the page through the eTOC alerts. The function allows users to download a PDF he page and add notes for a specific page.



The eTOC tool is an easy-to-use search tool that allows a user to organize research, along with navigating and saving multiple sources.

Access to HeinOnline: The Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals Collection database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.



Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals: Print Edition

Part Three in a Four Part Series.

HeinOnline provides the print edition of the Index of Foreign Legal Periodicals (IFLP) online. A user can search for the appropriate IFLP based on the year of publication. This index is provided by the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. In addition to searching by year, there is also a general search box.


After clicking on the applicable year, the digital copies of the pages appears. On the left-hand side of the screen is a Table of Contents that provides for easy navigation.


At the top of each page is a comprehensive search bar that allows a user to download a PDF version, email, and easily navigate the pages.


This is an easy to navigate system that allows a user to find foreign legal periodicals and essays easily.

Access to HeinOnline: The Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.