Let’s Play Ball (or Frisbee)!

In need of a mental health break?  Maybe it’s time for some fresh air and exercise (at least on those days when Lubbock doesn’t hit triple digits, in which case we recommend checking out some of the games we have in the Collaborative Commons).

sporting equipmentThanks to the Texas Tech Law Student Wellness Committee, the Law Library now has a variety of sports equipment available for check-out to help you de-stress.  Even fifteen minutes of fresh air can help you rejuvenate in between study sessions.

The items in our new sports collection include:

  • Volleyball
  • Football with tee
  • Frisbee
  • Playground ball
  • Nerf football
  • Set of velcro paddles and ball

To borrow any of this equipment, simply stop by the Circulation Desk with your student ID and ask for the item you’d like to borrow. Then, go take advantage of the wonderful green space around the law school and clear your head.


March 2018 New Books

2018 March new books

In March 2018, the Law Library added the following new titles to the collection to support the research and curricular needs of our faculty and students.


  1. Radley Balko and Tucker Carrington, The Cadaver King and the Country Dentist: A True Story of Injustice in the American South (2018).


  1. Stephen Martin Kohn, The New Whistleblower’s Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What’s Right and Protecting Yourself (2017).


  1. Ruven Fleming, Shale Gas, the Environment and Energy Security: A New Framework for Energy Regulation (2017).


  1. Irwin W. Sherman, The Power of Plagues (2017).


  1. Lothar Determann, Determann’s Field Guide to Data Privacy Law: International Corporate Compliance (2017).


  1. Victoria J. Szymczak, Charting the Legal Systems of the Western Pacific Islands: A Legal Research Guide (2017).
  2. Jim Freedman, A Conviction in Question: The First Trial at the International Criminal Court (2017).


  1. Roy Stuckey, Best Practices for Legal Education: A Vision and a Road Map (2007).


  1. Mark Robertson and J. Harris Morgan, How to Draft Bills Clients Rush to Pay (2018).
  2. Douglas Hand, The Laws of Style: Sartorial Excellence for the Professional Gentleman (2018).
  3. Neil W. Hamilton, Roadmap: The Law Student’s Guide to Meaningful Employment (2018).


  1. Frans L. Leeuw with Hans Schmeets, Empirical Legal Research: A Guidance Book for Lawyers, Legislators and Regulators (2016).
  2. Heidi Frostestad Kuehl and Megan A. O’Brien, International Legal Research in a Global Community (2017).
  3. Lauren M. Collins, Veterans Benefits: A Legal Research Guide (2017).


  1. Steven M. Gillon, Separate and Unequal: The Kerner Commission and the Unraveling of American Liberalism (2018).


  1. Thomas M. Melsheimer and Judge Craig Smith, On the Jury Trial: Principles and Practices for Effective Advocacy (2017).
  2. Richard K. Neumann, Transactional Lawyering Skills: Client Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiation (2013).


  1. Aaron Perzanowski and Jason Schultz, The End of Ownership: Personal Property in the Digital Economy (2016).


  1. David Emerald, The Power of TED: The Empowerment Dynamic (2016).


  1. Nicolas Howe, Landscapes of the Secular: Law, Religion, and American Sacred Space (2016).
  2. Nelson Tebbe, Religious Freedom in an Egalitarian Age (2017).


  1. Joel Richard Paul, Without Precedent: John Marshall and His Times (2018).

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.

February 2018 New Books

2018 February new books

In February 2018, the Law Library added the following new titles to the collection to support the research and curricular needs of our faculty and students.


  1. Erichson, Howard M., Inside Civil Procedure: What Matters and Why (2018).


  1. Morse, Edward A., ed., Electronic Payment Systems: Law and Emerging Technologies (2018).


  1. Bali, Asli U., Constitution Writing, Religion and Democracy (2017).


  1. West, Thomas G., The Political Theory of the American Founding: Natural Rights, Public Policy, and the Moral Conditions of Freedom (2017).


  1. Miller, T. Christian and Ken Armstrong, A False Report: A True Story of Rape in America (2018).
  1. Goluboff, Risa Lauren, Vagrant Nation: Police Power, Constitutional Change, and the Making of the 1960s (2016).
  2. Lawlor, Bruce M., When Deadly Force is Involved: A Look at the Legal Side of Stand Your Ground, Duty to Retreat, and Other Questions of Self-Defense (2017).


  1. Knolton, Cristina C. and H. Nyree Gray, Win or Go Home: A Guide to Negotiation Success in Competition and in Life (2017).


  1. Hien, Josef and Christian Joerges, eds., Ordoliberalism, Law and the Rule of Economics (2017).


  1. Frolik, Lawrence A., Elder Law and Later-Life Legal Planning (2017).
  2. Frolik, Lawrence A., The Law of Later-Life Healthcare and Decision Making (2018).


  1. Bouthillier, Yves Le ed., et. al., Law and Policy of Biofuels (2017).


  1. Miller, Jim, ed., From the Trenches II: Mastering the Art of Preparing Witnesses (2017).


  1. Rothstein, Richard, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America (2017).


  1. Kendall, Virginia M. and T. Markus Funk, Child Exploitation and Trafficking: Examining Global Enforcement and Supply Chain Challenges, and U.S. Responses (2017).


  1. Kletzer, Christoph, The Idea of a Pure Theory of Law (2018).


  1. Edwards, Linda Holdeman, The Doctrine-Skills Divide: Legal Education’s Self-Inflicted Wound (2017).
  2. Grant, Emily, Sandra Simpson, and Kelly Terry, eds., Experiential Education in the Law School Curriculum (2018).
  3. Hay, Iain, How to be an Academic Superhero: Establishing and Sustaining a Successful Career in the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities (2017).
  4. Townsend, Keith and Mark N.K. Saunders, How to Keep Your Research Project on Track : Insights from When Things Go Wrong (2018).
  5. Moosa, Imad A., Publish or Perish: Perceived Benefits Versus Unintended Consequences (2018).
  6. McGuire, Saundra Yancy with Stephanie McGuire, Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate into any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation (2015).


  1. Rhodes, Jill D. and Robert S. Litt, eds., The ABA Cybersecurity Handbook: A Resource for Attorneys, Law Firms, and Business Professionals (2018).
  2. Cuban, Brian, The Addicted Lawyer: Tales of the Bar, Booze, Blow, and Redemption (2017).
  3. Healy, Shawn and Jeffrey Fortgang, The Full Weight of the Law: How Legal Professionals Can Recognize and Rebound from Depression (2017).
  4. Box, John P., The Millennial Lawyer: How Your Firm Can Motivate and Retain Young Associates (2018).
  5. Silver, Marjorie A., Transforming Justice, Lawyers and the Practice of Law (2017).
  6. Siegel, Daniel J. and Pamela A. Myers, The Ultimate Guide to Adobe Acrobat DC (2017).


  1. Lewis, David W., Reimagining the Academic Library (2016).


  1. Ohlin, Jens David, Research Handbook on Remote Warfare (2017).


  1. Bratman, Michael, Shared Agency: A Planning Theory of Acting Together (2014).


  1. Tsai, Robert L., America’s Forgotten Constitutions: Defiant Visions of Power and Community (2014).
  2. Chinn, Stuart, Recalibrating Reform: The Limits of Political Change (2014).
  3. Bookheim, Louis W., et.al., Reports of U.S. Presidential Commissions and Other Advisory Bodies: A Bibliographic Listing (2017).


  1. Kilcrease, Bethany, The Great Church Crisis and the End of English Erastianism, 1898-1906 (2017).


  1. Bessler, John D., The Death Penalty as Torture: From the Dark Ages to Abolition (2017).


  1. Beard, Mary, Women & Power: A Manifesto (2017).


  1. Bender, Daniel J., R. Jason Fowler, and Pierre E. Kressmann, Demonstratives: Definitive Treatise on Visual Persuasion (2017).


  1. Fleck, John, Water is for Fighting Over: And Other Myths About Water in the West (2016).
  2. Hollo, Erkki J., Water Resource Management and the Law (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.

October 2017 Law Faculty Publications & News

Throughout October 2017, the Law Library received alerts for full-time TTU Law Faculty publications and news. Below is a compilation of daily alerts for October 1 to October 31, 2017.


  2. Vaughn E. James, TEXAS ELDER LAW (2018 ed.).


  1. M. Alexander Pearl & Kyle Velte, Indigenizing Equality, 35 Yale L. & Pol’y Rev. 461 (2017).
  2. William R. Casto, Advising Presidents: Private Advice vs. Public Advocacy, 43 Ohio N.U.L. Rev. 405 (2017).
  3. Gerry W. Beyer, Wills & Trusts, 3 SMU Ann. Tex. Surv. 465 (2017).
  4. Rishi Batra, Improving the Uniform Partition of Heirs Property Act, 24 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 743 (2017).
  5. Gerry W. Beyer, The Texas Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act: A Primer for Estate Planners, Est. Plan. Dev. Tex. Prof., Oct. 2017, at 1, available at https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3038052.
  6. Stephen T. Black, The Copyright Box Model, 41 Seattle U. L. Rev. 179 (2017).


  1. Arnold Loewy & Charles Moster, It’s Debatable: Was it appropriate for Trump to criticize players?, LUBBOCK AVALANCHE-J. (Oct. 13, 2017 08:56 pm).
  2. Arnold Loewy & Charles Moster, It’s Debatable: Commerce Clause: Worst court decision ever?, LUBBOCK AVALANCHE-J. (Oct. 27, 2017 08:57 pm).


  1. Prof. Murphy’s work with Charles H. Koch, Jr. on ADMINISTRATIVE LAW & PRACTICE § 5:61 (3d ed. 2010) is cited in the following article: Rebecca Kunkel, Law Libraries and the Future of Public Access to Born-Digital Government Information, 109 Law Libr. J. 67 (2017).
  2. Prof. Camp’s article ‘Loving’ Return Preparation Regulation, 140 TXN 457 is cited in the following article: Dennis B. Drapkin, Some Recommendations for Revising Circular 230, 2017 TXN 41-39.
  3. Prof. Baker’s Ginger (Law) Librarian blog is cited in Best of the Legal Blogs, 22 No. 10 Internet L. Researcher NL 3 (October 2017).
  4. Prof. Murphy and Sidney A. Shapiro’s article Arbitrariness Review Made Reasonable: Structural and Conceptual Reform of the “Hard Look” is cited in the following article: Robert L. Glicksman & Emily Hammond, Agency Behavior and Discretion on Remand, 32 J. Land Use & Envtl. L. 483 (2017).
  5. Prof. Rosen’s article Funding “Non-Traditional” Military Operations: The Alluring Myth of a Presidential Power of the Purse is cited in the following article: William R. Casto, Advising Presidents: Private Advice vs. Public Advocacy, 43 Ohio N.U.L. Rev. 405 (2017).
  6. Prof. Murphy’s article Richard Pragmatic Administrative Law and Tax Exceptionalism is cited in the following article: Stephanie Hunter McMahon, Pre-enforcement Litigation Needed for Taxing Procedures, 92 Wash. L. Rev. 1317 (2017).
  7. Prof. Camp’s article A History of Tax Regulation Prior to the Administrative Procedure Act is cited in the following article: Stephanie Hunter McMahon, Pre-enforcement Litigation Needed for Taxing Procedures, 92 Wash. L. Rev. 1317 (2017).
  8. Prof. Sutton’s article Is There a Doctor (and a Lawyer) in the House? Why our Good Samaritan, Laws are Doing More Harm Than Good for a National Public Health Security Strategy: A Fifty-State Survey is cited in the following article: Corey S. Davis & Derek H. Carr, The Law and Policy of Opioids for Pain Management, Addiction Treatment, and Overdose Reversal, 14 Ind. Health L. Rev. 1 (2017).
  9. Prof. Camp’s article “Loving” Return Preparer Regulation (Doc 2013-14799) is cited in the following article: Dennis B. Drapkin, Some Recommendations for Revising Circular 230, 2017 TPR 42-1.
  10. Prof. Batra’s article Judicial Participation in Plea Bargaining: A Dispute Resolution Perspective is cited in the following article: Russell M. Gold, “Clientless” Prosecutors, 51 Ga. L. Rev. 693 (2017).
  11. Prof. Batra’s article Judicial Participation in Plea Bargaining: A Dispute Resolution Perspective is cited in the following article: Russell M. Gold, Carlissa Byrne Hessick, and F. Andrew Hessick, Civilizing Criminal Settlements, 97 B.U.L. Rev. 1607 (2017).
  12. Prof. Camp’s article The Retroactivity of Treasury Regulations: Paths to Finding Abuse of Discretion is cited in the following note: Leonard I. Greenberg, Phantom of the 50(d) Income, 97 B.U.L. Rev. 1843 (2017).


  1. Prof. Metze is quoted in the following newspaper article: Michael Cantu, Accused killer faces federal charges, LUBBOCK AVALANCHE-J. (Oct. 12, 2017), http://www.dailytoreador.com/news/accused-killer-now-faces-federal-charges/article_c271c444-af16-11e7-9ee9-2b38e55ad2c0.html.
  2. Prof. Huffman is quoted in the following newspaper article: John Sowell, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl admits to desertion, doubted he could get a fair trial, Idaho Statesman (Oct. 16, 2017 08:37 am), http://www.idahostatesman.com/news/local/military/bowe-bergdahl/article179081226.html.
  3. Prof. Huffman is quoted in the following newspaper article: Jenny Jarvie, Sentencing to begin in Bowe Bergdahl’s court-martial, L.A. Times (Oct. 25, 2017 03:00 am), http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-bergdahl-sentencing-20171025-story.html.


  1. On October 3, Professor Tracy Pearl participated in a public discussion on climate change and clean-energy solutions hosted by faculty members from the College of Media & Communication, the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources and the Honors College as part of a campus-wide dialogue series entitled “Civil Counterpoints.” Other participants included Katharine Hayhoe, professor in the Texas Tech Department of Political Science at and director of the Tech Climate Science Center; Michael Giberson, associate professor of practice in the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business Administration; and Tom Smith, director of special projects in the Texas Public Citizen’s office.
  2. On October 4, 2017, Professor Gerry W. Beyer spoke to a group non-attorneys in Honolulu about digital asset planning. His presentation, Have You Made Preparations to Protect Your Valuable “Digital Assets” in Case of Disability or Death was sponsored by 3D Wealth Advisors.
  3. On October 5, 2017, Professor Gerry W. Beyer was the speaker for the “Professional Advisor Continuing Education Series” presented by The University of Hawaii Foundation Office of Estate and Gift Planning in Honolulu, Hawaii.  His presentations and accompanying articles were entitled Cyber Estate Planning and Administration and Avoiding the Estate Planning “Blue Screen of Death” with Competent and Ethical Practices.
  4. Professor Gerry W. Beyer was recently notified by the Texas Bar College that for the thirty-second consecutive year he has qualified for membership in the Texas Bar College in recognition of his speaking and attendance at continuing legal education programs.
  5. On October 16, 2017, Professor Gerry W. Beyer was a guest speaker for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Fredericksburg, Texas. His presentation was entitled Do You Have Annoying Neighbors?, a lighthearted and informational look at property annoyances.
  6. On October 17, 2017, Professor Gerry W. Beyer was the featured speaker at a meeting of the San Antonio Estate Planners Council in San Antonio. To an audience of over 160 estate planning attorneys, CPAs, and financial planners, Prof. Beyer explained the Estate Planning Highlights of the 2017 Texas Legislature. Prof. Beyer authored a detailed article which accompanied his presentation.
  7. On October 19, 2017, Prof. Gerry W. Beyer served on a panel along with Ken Barczak (Fox, O’Neill & Shannon, S.C., Milwaukee, Wisconsin) and Prof. Sally Brown Richardson (Tulane Law School) to discuss the interface between digital property and community property at the Fall meeting of the American College of Probate Counsel’s Digital Property Committee in Nashville, Tennessee.
  8. On October 26, 2017, Prof. Gerry W. Beyer was a speaker at the Forty-Third Annual Notre Dame Tax and Estate Planning Institute in South Bend, Indiana. His presentation and accompanying paper were entitled Practical Planning for Digital Assets and Administration of Digital Assets by Fiduciaries.

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.

July 2017 New Books

In July 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. Sarah E. Redfield, ed., Enhancing Justice: reducing bias (2017).


  1. Timothy M. Ravich, Commercial Drone Law: digest of U.S. and global UAS rules, policies, and practices (2017).


  1. Jesse Eisinger, The Chickenshit Club: why the Justice Department fails to prosecute executives (2017).


  1. The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inc., 24 Tips for Teaching Writing (2017).


  1. William E. Nelson, The Common Law in Colonial America: The Middle Colonies and the Carolinas, 1660-1730 (2016).
  2. G. Edward White, Law in American History (2012).


  1. Gary P. Bauer, Solo Lawyer by Design: a plan for success in any practice (2017).
  2. Jocelyn K. Glei, Unsubscribe: how to kill email anxiety, avoid distractions, and get real work done (2016).
  3. Jo Ellen Dardick Lewis, Telling Your Story: a step-by-step guide to drafting persuasive legal resumes and cover letters (2017).


  1. Peter Hernon, Robert E. Dugan, and Joseph R. Matthews, Getting Started with Evaluation (2014).
  2. Robert E. Dugan, Peter Hernon, and Danuta A. Nitecki, Viewing Library Metrics from Different Perspectives: inputs, outputs, and outcomes (2009).
  3. Peter Hernon, Robert E. Dugan, and Joseph R. Matthews, Managing with Data: using ACRLMetrics and PLAmetrics (2015).
  4. John M. Budd, Six Issues Facing Libraries Today: critical perspectives (2017).
  5. John Palfrey, BiblioTech: why libraries matter more than ever in the age of Google (2015).
  6. R. David Lankes, Expect More: demanding better libraries for today’s complex world (2016).
  7. Beth McNeil, Fundamentals of Library Supervision (2017).
  8. Masanori Koizumi, Inherent Strategies in Library Management (2017).
  9. Yago S. Cura and Max Macias, eds., Librarians with Spines: information agitators in an age of stagnation (2017).


  1. Pietro S. Nivola and David W. Brady, eds., Red and Blue Nation?: characteristics and causes of America’s polarized politics (2013).


  1. Todd C. Peppers, with Margaret A. Anderson, A Courageous Fool: Marie Deans and her struggle against the death penalty (2017).


  1. Vincent A. Gallagher, Worker Injury Third Party Cases: recognizing and proving liability (2017).

All of these books are available at 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.

Updated Law Library Catalog

The Texas Tech Law Library has redesigned the library catalog look and feel, to provide better service for our patrons.  There are many features that are intended to assist you while you are conducting your research.  The Law Library faculty and staff will be happy to assist you with any questions you may have.

When you visit the Law Library homepage you will see the search box immediately at the center top of the page.  Performing a search from this screen will provide you with search results that are located here at the Law School.

You can also go directly to the library catalog by visiting this link:   https://ttu-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/search?vid=Law_View&lang=en_US&sortby=rank

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If you wish to search the holdings of other campus collections, click the dropdown menu at the end of the search box.  You will see a list of all of the different campus libraries/collections that you can choose from.

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You are also able to see/manage your library checkouts, fines, etc. from either the Guest link in the upper right part of the screen or the Sign In link that is right below the Search box.    Updated Catalog 4

Click on either the Sign In or Guest link and you will be taken to a screen where you will select the TTU Students, Faculty and Staff (eRaider) option.

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Once you have successfully entered your eRaider login information you will see your personal information in the upper right portion of the library catalog screen.

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By clicking your eraider link you will then be able to select the My Library Card option to see everything that you have checked out from any library on campus, not just the Law Library.  You will also be able to see Requests (ILL/Document Delivery), Fines & Fees, etc.

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In the updated interface, there are links to various items that you might find useful.  There is a link back to the Law Library homepage and a button that will allow you to restart your search from the beginning.  You are also able to access the electronic resources for the University Library as well as the Law Library, using the Databases A-Z and Law Databases links.  Finally, there is a Browse button that allows users that might not really know what they are looking for, to Browse.

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When you have your search results, but there are too many items to looks through, don’t forget the facets on the left hand side that can assist you with narrowing the results to a more manageable number.

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There are some handy tips about using your search results effectively.  When you are searching just the Law Library holdings ALL of your search results will be items physically located here at the Law School or maybe something we provide access to electronically.

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While you are searching in the library catalog, please remember that you can also use the ILL service if you come across something that isn’t currently available.  Click on the Checked Out notice and choose the Get It/Request It option on the next screen.

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You will be automatically taken to the ILL website so that you can fill out the ILL form.  The most important thing to remember is that you have to be logged in with your eraider in order for this to work correctly.

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There are more features that you might find useful and we would be happy to show and explain them.  If you have any questions about the new catalog please contact Sue Kelleher at 806-834-2615 ( sue.kelleher@ttu.edu ) or contact any librarian for assistance.