Scholarly Research Resources

Are you researching and writing a journal comment or a scholarly research paper for a seminar course or independent study?  The library has many resources to help you succeed!

For one-on-one assistance, contact Instructional & Student Services Librarian Alyson Drake to set up an appointment to talk research strategies specific to your research topic.  We can also talk paper organization, academic paper Bluebooking, and publication strategies when the time comes.

If you prefer a group setting, join the Scribes Student Writing Group on Wed., September 7th from 2:00-3:30pm in the Collaborative Commons to talk about the writing process, outlining, and the parts of the comment or seminar paper.  The students at the first meeting, covering topic selection, reported that it was a helpful experience.

To get information on topic selection, preemption checks, and the scholarly research process, check out our newest research guide, Scholarly Research Resources.  It has many useful tips for writing a strong paper or comment.

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Legislative Insight Featured Spotlight: Quick Search & Search by Number

This is the final post in a three-part series spotlighting Legislative Insight database features.

Aside from the basic search bar available on the home page and the Guided Search tab (which is an extension of the basic search bar), there are two other ways to conduct a search: (1) Quick Search and (2) Search by Number.

Quick Search

Leg Insight 4.1Quick Search is fairly intuitive. You can either type in what law you’re searching, or utilize the “Popular Names of Laws List,” located directly under the search bar (shown above). In the example below, we selected the “Abandoned Shipwreck Act of 1987” and narrowed our search to only Hearings, under Publication Types.

Leg Insight 4.2After results populate, the left menu bar prompts the user to narrow the results even more–by subject term, start and end date, and source.

Search By Number

The Search by Number form is the quickest way to search for legislative information when you already have the–as the name implies–numbers associated with the piece of legislation. Users can search by bill number, public law number, public resolution number, statutes at large, publication number, bibliographic number, and serial set volume number (shown below).

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

 

Regulatory Insight Featured Spotlight: Advanced Search & Search by Number

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

Aside from the basic search bar available on the home page, there are two other ways to conduct a search: (1) Advanced Search form and (2) Search by Number form.

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The Advanced Search form is particularly helpful when you know your research constraints beforehand. For example, if you know the content will be found within the Federal Register or you’re able to limit results with a date range. The Advanced Search form also permits searching within specific fields (shown below). Fields include:

  • Full Text
  • Agency
  • Popular Law Name, and
  • Subject.

Reg 3.1When using the Agency or Popular Law Name fields, the Find Terms link to the right of the search box contains helpful categories for each field (shown below).

Reg 3.2Search by Number

When there is a known citation for a Federal Register document, a Regulation, a Public Law, a Statute at Large citation, a federal statute or U.S. Code citation, an Agency Docket Number or a Regulatory Information Number, you use the Search by Number form.

For this demonstration, we’re searching the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012, which has a public law number of P.L. 112-95.

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The search result (shown below) yields of a compilation of Federal Register articles associated with the public law number.

Reg 3.4Access to ProQuest’s Regulatory Insight database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

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.