Make an Appointment with a Law Librarian!

calendarAttention Law Faculty and Law Students. Need help with your legal research or finding an appropriate research topic?  Then make an appointment with a law librarian!  While you are always welcome to stop by the Reference/Circulation Desk during regular Help Desk hours, the law librarians also encourage you to schedule an individual appointment that best accommodates your schedule to provide personalized assistance.

Faculty and law students can request an appointment with a law librarian by e-mailing reference.law@ttu.edu or calling tel:1-806-742-7155. Please be sure to include information on your topic or assignment so we can prepare before we meet. A law librarian will contact you to confirm your appointment.

Regulatory Insight Featured Spotlight: Filter Box

This is the second post in a three-part series spotlighting Regulatory Insight database features.

For this demonstration, we’re searching “FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.” After entering the search term, Regulatory Insight returns a list of matching results, with the most relevant documents located at the top of the list.

Results can be sorted by relevance (default), publication date, or recency. Additionally, the “Filter by” box, located in the left-hand column (shown below), can also be used to tailor the results.

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Filtering by date will narrow the existing search results within the designated date range. Meanwhile, filtering is also available by document type or subject. Selecting “More options…” on either filter option results in a pop-up window (shown below).

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There, the user can sort alphabetically or by result count each document type before selecting the document type to include or exclude in a filtered search. Clicking “Apply” will automatically generate a new search based on the filter selections (see below). To undo a filter, select the blue “X” icon located in the filter box.

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Access to ProQuest’s Regulatory Insight database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

 

Regulatory Insight Featured Spotlight: LibGuide

This is the first post in a three-part series spotlighting Regulatory Insight database features.

Regulatory Insight provides a user-friendly LibGuide as a valuable starting place for first-time researchers. The LibGuide is accessible off the home page by clicking the question mark icon and selecting LibGuide off the drop down menu located in the top, right-hand corner.

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The LibGuide (pictured below) neatly outlines the purpose of the database, what the regulatory process consists of, how to search for content, and what to expect the documents provided to look like.

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For example, under the “Searching Regulatory Insight” tab, the LibGuide explains the three ways to search for documents in Regulatory Insight: (1) the Basic Search form on the front page, (2) the Advanced Search form, and (3) the Search by Number form. Meanwhile, the “Content Types” tab provides detailed descriptions for the content types listed on the Advanced Search page of Regulatory Insight.

Access to ProQuest’s Regulatory Insight database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

Regulatory Insight: What is it?

Regulatory Insight is a companion database to Legislative Insight, providing researchers with a platform to facilitate research into U.S. federal administrative law histories from 1936-2015.

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Features include:

  • Access to all notices, proposed rules, and final rules;
  • Results that include all regulatory histories associated with a specific C.F.R. portion or U.S. Code citation; and
  • A compilation of Federal Register “articles” with a direct legal basis in that Public Law.

Access to ProQuest’s Regulatory Insight database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

Links and Sources to U.S. Court Opinions Now in One Place

2015-11-06_16-07-25The Federal Law Librarians Special Interest Section of the Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C., Inc., a chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries, recently made available its webpage, “Quick Links and Sources to U.S. Court Opinions”. This site provides links to major sources for U.S. Court opinions including sites for recent years, sites for recent and historical years, and subscription sites. It also presents direct links to court opinion sites of U.S. courts of appeals and specific U.S. courts such as the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, Federal Claims, International Trade, Tax Court, and Veterans Claims.

Explore our nation’s beginnings

Indigenous Law Portal

 Released in July of 2014, the portal initially provided access to tribal information of the American Indians.  Since then it has expanded to include information from Canada and Mexico, as well as global information from around the world.

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Each geographical region contains information of various types.  Some of the resources that can be found in the United States section of the portal include various Law Gateways, such as:

Other sources of information include directories, research guides, law societies, and links to various subject specific information sites dealing with things like land law, social services, environmental law, and education, to name a few.

Digitized Historical Constitutions

One of the most valuable sections of the portal is the collection of digitized constitutions.  They provide access to hundreds of constitutions and other legal materials that otherwise might be inaccessible elsewhere, at least without great effort.

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The portal provides a long needed resource that will help preserve a vulnerable portion of our nation’s history.  It is constantly being updated and expanded, so make a point of returning periodically to explore new resources, and learn about this country’s origins.

May Loislaw Rest in Peace

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Fastcase has acquired Loislaw from Wolters Kluwer (think Aspen Publishers), effective November 30, 2015 when Loislaw permanently shuts down. One of Loislaw’s key features has been access to Wolters Kluwer’s library of some 125 treatises in areas of law such as bankruptcy, business, employment, insurance, intellectual property, real estate and others. It appears that Fastcase subscribers will now gain access to the treatise collection. According to Fastcase, existing Loislaw subscribers will be grand-parented at current or better prices.