HeinOnline – Research Tips and Tricks

If you’ve forgotten, HeinOnline is a database which includes many types of legal information including, the Law Journal Library, the U.S. Code, U.S. Statutes at Large, English Reports, and many more.  HeinOnline is an essential piece of your legal research toolkit.  Here are some ways to keep up with what’s new at HeinOnline.

An easy way to find out what’s new in the HeinOnline collection is to subscribe to the HeinOnline Blog (click to see what the blog is like).  The blog provides tips and tricks for better research; covers new databases, content, and tools; and takes current events and relates them to the wealth of material available in HeinOnline.  To subscribe go to; forms.feedblitz.com/7b8,  fill out the quick form (name and email address), then click on “Subscribe.”

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In case you have any questions while using HeinOnline, remember, you can call, email holsupport@wshein.com, or visit help.heinonline.org for FAQs, training videos, and more.

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MyHein is available to anyone using HeinOnline.  You create an account which allows you to bookmark articles and other documents, create and save search queries, and set up eTOC alerts for any serial publication.  To access go to HeinOnline through the library’s homepage and click on the link to HeinOnline under “Research and Reference.”  Once at HeinOnline, click the down arrow next to “MyHein” to get started.

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Another feature of HeinOnline is their Dropbox integration.  You can download pdfs from HeinOnline directly into your Dropbox account from your search results.

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HeinOnline has introduced a new search tool called, “More Like This.”  The new tool reads article text to determine “interesting words” and then looks for similar articles using these words.  If you want to find out more about the new search tool just click on this link for More Like This.  HeinOnline also has a “Searching 101 Quick Reference Guide” to help users search the system more effectively.

These are just some of the features and help available to you from HeinOnline.  Take advantage of these tools to help improve and expand your research.



November 2017 New Books

In November 2017, the Law Library added the following new titles to the collection to support the research and curricular needs of our faculty and students.


  1. Julian Moore, Speed Learning Graphology: the art of handwriting analysis (2012).


  1. Anne-Emanuelle Birn, Textbook of Global Health (2017).
  2. Mara Buchbinder, Michele Rivkin-Fish, and Rebecca L. Walker eds., Understanding Health Inequalities and Justice: new conversations across the disciplines (2016).


  1. Wendy Nelson Espeland and Michael Sauder, Engines of Anxiety: academic rankings, reputation, and accountability (2016).


  1. Kathryn Rountree, Contemporary Pagan and Native Faith Movements and Nationalist Impulses (2013).

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.  Library staff will be able to assist in locating and checking out any of these items.

October 2017 New Books

In October 2017, the Law Library added the following new titles to the collection to support the research and curricular needs of our faculty and students.


  1. Donna A. Dulo, ed., Unmanned Aircraft in the National Airspace: critical issues, technology, and the law (2015).


  1. Louis Filler, ed., Wendell Phillips on Civil Rights and Freedom (1965).


  1. W.B. Allen and Gordon Lloyd, eds., The Essential Antifederalist (2002).


  1. Benjamin Rachlin, Ghost of the Innocent Man: a true story of trial and redemption (2017).


  1. Forrest S. Mosten and Elizabeth Potter Scully, Unbundled Legal Services: a family lawyer’s guide (2017).


  1. John Bandler, Cybersecurity for the Home and Office: the lawyer’s guide to taking charge of your own information security (2017).
  2. Stephen S. Wu, A Guide to HIPAA Security and the Law (2016).


  1. Jay Dratler, Jr., Cyberlaw: intellectual property in the digital millennium (2000).


  1. Rebecca Shriver Davis, Justice Leah Ward Sears: seizing serendipity (2013).


  1. Bryan A. Garner, et. al., The Law of Judicial Precedent (2016).


  1. Milana L. Hogan, Grit, the Secret to Advancement: stories of successful women lawyers (2017).
  2. Ronda Muir, Beyond Smart: lawyering with emotional intelligence (2017).


  1. Ted Stewart, Supreme Power: 7 pivotal Supreme Court decisions that had a major impact on America (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.  Library staff will be able to assist in locating and checking out any of these items.

September 2017 New Books

In September 2017, the Law Library added the following new titles to the collection to support the research and curricular needs of our faculty and students.


  1. Gregory E. Kaebnick and Bruce Jennings, eds., Recreating the Wild: de-extinction, technology, and the ethics of conservation (2017).
  2. Lacey Levitt, Gary Patronek, and Thomas Grisso, eds., Animal Maltreatment: forensic mental health issues and evaluations (2016).


  1. Eugene Schlossberger, A Holistic Approach to Rights: affirmative action, reproductive rights, censorship, and future generations (2008).
  2. Ronnie Bernard Tucker, Affirmative Action, the Supreme Court, and Political Power in the Old Confederacy (2000).


  1. Joseph J. Hemmer, Jr., Communication Law: the Supreme Court and the First Amendment (2006).


  1. James G. Houston, Phillip B. Bridgmon, and William W. Parsons, Criminal Justice and the Policy Process (2008).


  1. Samuel Gregg, The Commercial Society: foundations and challenges in a global age (2007).


  1. William F. Tate IV, Nancy Staudt, and Ashley Macrander, The Crisis of Race in Higher Education: a day of discovery and dialogue (2017).


  1. Sheila M. Blackford, Trust Accounting in One Hour for Lawyers (2017).


  1. Colin L. Soskolne, ed., Sustaining Life on Earth: environmental and human health through global governance (2008).


  1. Henry C. Mitchell, The Intellectual Commons: toward an ecology of intellectual property (2005).


  1. Daphne M. Rolle, A Second Appeal: a consideration of freedom and social justice (2010).
  2. Ingrid Creppell, Russell Hardin, and Stephen Macedo, eds., Toleration on Trial (2008).


  1. Steven Wilf, The Law Before the Law (2008).


  1. Angus Lyon, A Lawyer’s Guide to Wellbeing and Managing Stress (2015).


  1. Danielle Griffiths and Andrew Sanders, ed., Bioethics, Medicine, and the Criminal Law (2013).


  1. Ronald J. Pestritto and Thomas G. West, eds., Challenges to the American Founding: slavery, historicism, and progressivism in the nineteenth century (2005).
  2. E. Robert Statham, Jr., Colonial Constitutionalism: the tyranny of United States’ offshore territorial policy and relations (2002).


  1. Elwood Watson, Outsiders Within: black women in the legal academy after Brown v. Board (2008).


  1. American Psychiatric Association, Psychiatric Services in Correctional Facilities (2016).


  1. Joni Larson, A Practitioner’s Guide to Tax Evidence: a primer on the Federal Rules of Evidence as applied by the Tax Court (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. Library staff will be able to assist in locating and checking out any of these items.

Law School’s 50th Anniversary Display

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Have you ever wondered what that empty desk in the Upper Basement of the Law Library is?  And what does that have to do with the Law School’s 50th Anniversary?  Wonder no more.

The Law School is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year. To help commemorate the occasion the Law Library created a display of historical material to celebrate.  In the display you will see items showing our history from the construction of the new Law School to the addition of the Lanier Center.

  • pictures of the new Law School construction
  • various Law School publications (including a yearbook with pictures of students struggling over finals)
  • an invitation to the grand opening of the Lanier Center

The Law Library has many items concerning the history of the Law Library preserved in ScHOLAR, the law school’s digital repository.  Check out the “Texas Tech Law History” community in the repository to see more historical items.

As for the desk in the Upper Basement, it belonged to the first dean of the Law School, Richard B. Amandes, who served as dean from 1967 until 1977.  If you look closely at the desk, there is a brass plaque on the desktop that explains the desk’s history.

From W. Reed Quilliam, Texas Tech University School of Law:  the first 35 years:  1967-2002 (2006).


What can I get at the Circulation desk?

Students, don’t forget the staff at the Circulation desk are here to help you!  They are here to ensure you get what you need, when you need it.  Here are some of the services and helpful items that are available to you from the Circulation desk:

Office Supplies:  Whether you forget your pencil bag at home or urgently need to staple an assignment minutes before class starts, the Circulation desk has what you need. Pens, pencils, erasers, calculators, paper clips, rulers, staplers, hole punch, tape, and scissors are all available upon request.

Umbrellas:  It doesn’t rain in West Texas very often, but when it does you might need an umbrella.  The Circulation desk has a limited number of umbrellas available to keep you, and your pricey books, dry when the rain catches you unprepared.  All we ask is, if you borrow an umbrella, please return it so we can loan it out again!

Electronics and Chargers:  Forget your charger at home? The Circulation desk has a wide variety of charging cords available so you can spend less time commuting and more time studying. Additionally, the Circulation desk also carries thumb drives and cords for connecting to video equipment, small camcorders, and projectors.

Pain Medication:  Headaches and muscle aches can slow your study pace to a crawl, so it is important to get relief as soon as possible.  The Circulation desk has ibuprofen, acetaminophen, and aspirin available upon request.

First Aid Supplies:  The Circulation desk has a variety of bandages, alcohol pads, and antiseptic available for minor cuts and abrasions. A bigger first aid kit is also available for more serious situations.  Additionally, the Law Library has two defibrillators: one by the 1st floor elevator and one out side the Library entrance, under the message board.

Cleaning Supplies:  For life’s little messes, the Circulation desk has an assortment of cleaning supplies you may borrow at your convenience.

Study Room Reservations:  Law Library Study Room reservations can be made at the Circulation desk.  If you want to make sure a study room is available for you at the time you need it, come by the Circulation desk and reserve the room you need.

Last but most importantly, the Circulation desk has Answers!  If you need help, but are not sure where to go or who can help; the Circulation Desk staff can help!  Ask, and the Circulation desk staff will either provide you the answer or connect you with the person who can help.

The Study and Practice of Law and Stress—A Modest Law Library Response

There is no doubt that a strong correlation exists between the study and practice of law and stress. Stress in the legal profession is prevalent. It’s not a new phenomenon. Stress and related causes in the legal profession have been around ever since I can remember and I am sure even well before I started law school many years ago. Stress can manifest itself in many ways, but arguably the most widespread form is associated with substance abuse. A recent story in the New York Times highlights the fragility of even the most successful and capable attorney. A high-powered Silicon Valley attorney dies. His ex-wife investigates and finds pervasive drug abuse in the legal profession.

However, this does not need to be the case. We all know about the value of eating right, regular exercise, and proper rest to keep the body functioning properly, but a mental or spiritual component is equally important. Mindfulness places a strong emphasis on breathing and meditation, which have proven to be effective stress fighters. Numerous studies have noted the importance and benefits of mindfulness in reducing stress. One recent study notes.

Although the practice of meditation is associated with a sense of peacefulness and physical relaxation, practitioners have long claimed that meditation also provides cognitive and psychological benefits that persist throughout the day. This study demonstrates that changes in brain structure may underlie some of these reported improvements and that people are not just feeling better because they are spending time relaxing.

We previously have written about wellness and stress reducing techniques and available Law Library resources. For example, see

·         Law Library Resources for Stress-Free Law Student and Attorney Careers

·         How to Reduce Stress in Three Minutes

·         5 Ways to De-Stress After Finals

2017 Law Library Refective AreaExperts say that meditation can be done anywhere. However, since many of you spend a good deal of time in the Law Library, we have set aside space on the first floor in the NE corner of the west wing for meditation and breathing, or just plain reflection and rest. We highly encourage its use. Your wellness is paramount.