April 2020 New Resources

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In April 2020, the Law Library added the following new resources to the collection to support the research and curricular needs of our faculty and students.

New Resources

As the semester comes to a close it is time to start preparing for finals. Remember that the law library has several publisher’s study aids available for you. The easiest way to access these study aids is to go to the law library’s Remote Services Guide and follow the instructions.

The law library has just added temporary access to study aids from Lexis Nexis Digial Library. This guide will provide all the information you need to access this new resource.

New Books

This month there are no new books to announce. We were not able to catalog or add new books since staff is working from home.

If you have any book or circulation questions, please contact the circulation desk at either 806-742-3957 or circulation.law@ttu.edu.

All electronic databases are available through the Library’s webpage, http://www.depts.ttu.edu/law/lawlibrary/index.php.

Library staff will be able to assist in locating and checking out any of these items or helping you contact the Librarian on call for questions about electronic resources.

Access to Online Study Aid Resources

During the final month of the spring semester, please be aware of the various resources that the Law Library is making available to the Texas Tech Law School community.  In particular, we wish to highlight the various study aid resources being provided by the Law Library.  These include two familiar (I hope) collections, the West Academic Study Aid library and the CALI library.  We have recently added a new resource for your benefit, the Wolters Kluwer Study Aids Library.  For these and access to other resources, please visit the Remote Access to Library Services libguide located at https://libguides.law.ttu.edu/remotelibraryservices.

West Academic Study Aid Library

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The West Academic Study Aid resource contains many of your favorite study aid series, such as Exam Pro (now with Quizzes), Flash Cards, Blackletter Outlines, and Gilberts to name just a few.  There are over 640+ titles (and counting) covering 1L classes, 2L/3L classes, academic success, and even career success topics.  Take advantage of the note taking and highlighting, search capabilities, copy/paste, and printing.  Users are able to utilize multiple means of access to take advantage of this new resource, using their laptop, tablet, or phone.2 WASA series

 

 

 

 

 

 

As part of our subscription to the West Academic Study Aids library, we also are providing access to their new West Academic Assessment product.  This is provided courtesy of West Academic until June 1st.  It provides access to over 5,000 customizable, formative, multiple-choice self-assessment questions that are keyed to West Academic Publishing and Foundation Press casebooks, or available by subject to work with any casebook. You can use the same login created for the West Academic Study Aids resource.

 

CALI

The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction resource consists of 1,000+ interactive legal tutorials written by law professors.  There are numerous ways to find the lessons most appropriate for you – by class level, class subject, and many more.

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If you haven’t already created your account, please contact the Law Library’s Reference Team to request the authorization code at 806-742-7155 or reference.law@ttu.edu.

 

Wolters Kluwer Study Aids Library

The Wolters Kluwer Study Aid Library is a new resource that the Law Library is providing to our Law School community.  There are over 200 tiles from some of the most popular study aid series, including Examples & Explanations (E&E’s), Crunchtimes, Glannon Guides, among several others.

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Take advantage of the note taking and highlighting, full-text search, highlighting, and printing.  Users are able to utilize multiple means of access to take advantage of this new resource, using their laptop, tablet, or phone.

 

 

 

For assistance with any of these study aid resources, please contact the Reference Desk between the hours of 8:30am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday via email or phone. Or you can visit the handy Remote Access to Library Services libguide at https://libguides.law.ttu.edu/remotelibraryservices.

Email:  reference.law@ttu.edu

Phone:  806-742-7155

Circulation & Reference Services at TTU Law Library

Wondering what services the TTU Law Library has for you?  You’ve come to the right place!

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Regular Circulation hours are:

  • Sundays:  1:00-10:00pm
  • Mondays-Thursdays:  7:30am-10:00pm
  • Fridays:  7:30am-5:00pm
  • Saturdays:  9:00am-5:00pm

Hours may vary during holidays, summer, and the exam period. You can find up-to-date hours on the library website.

 

Our Circulation Desk is a one-stop shop for all your study needs (see our huge collection of study aids housed behind the desk), but also for many other items that may come in handy this semester:

  • Pain relievers (aspiring, ibuprofen, acetaminophen)
  • Band aids
  • Antibiotic ointments
  • Pencils
  • Staplers
  • Tape
  • Earplugs
  • Ethernet cables (will need to leave your ID with Circulation)
  • Earbuds and headphones
  • Fax machine (for school-related faxes only)
  • Sewing kit

You can also check out:

  • Power adapters, including for Mac laptops and PC laptops (no iPhone chargers)
  • Calculators
  • A/V equipment (including a projector and sound equipment)
  • Course reserves

You can also come to the Circulation Desk to ask for the On-Call Reference Librarian.  A reference librarian is on call from 8:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday.  You can also contact the Reference Department by emailing reference.law@ttu.edu or calling 806-742-7155.

 

To stay up-to-date on the library’s many services and programs:

  1. Check out the Electronic Announcement Board outside the library;
  2. Read TechLawAnnounce every day;
  3. Follow us on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/TechLawLibrary
  4. Follow us on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/TTULawLibrary

We look forward to working with you this year!  Don’t hesitate to stop by and see us!

Prepping for the Bar? The Library’s Here to Help!

The library is here to help with your bar exam preparation–with both dedicated study spaces and an even more robust collection of bar prep materials than in past years.

This summer, we’ve blocked out Study Rooms BarPrepCollection.jpg5B and 230A for students who are studying for the bar exam, so those rooms are available for any student who wants to be studying for the bar exam in a quiet space. (You can also sign up for any of our other study rooms at any time, for example if you want to do group study).

Our print study materials can be found in the reserves area behind the Circulation Desk. The collection was reorganized earlier this year by part of the bar exam you’re preparing for (MBE, essays, etc.). For help finding materials, please ask for assistance at the Circulation Desk.

In addition to Barbri, Kaplan, and Themis bar prep materials from years past (which you could use if you need more practice questions beyond what your program has), we have many other materials that might be of interest:

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Struggling with the essay section? We have four copies of Prof. Christopher’s new book, “Tacking the Texas Essays: Efficient Preparation for the Texas Bar Exam.” Prof. Christopher’s book has general information on writing good answers to Texas bar exam essays, tips for how to practice, and then practice questions and tips for specific subjects. It’s a wonderful resources for prepping for essays.

 

 

 
Flashcards.jpg We also have a wonderful collection of flashcards for MBE prep. In addition to the Emanuel’s MBE flashcards, we have the Critical Pass MBE Flashcards for a variety of subjects, such as Civil Procedure and Constitutional Law.

 

 

Bootcamp for the MBE.jpgSteve Emanuel’s Bootcamp for the MBE has volumes for different subjects, including Evidence, Torts, and many more. It also includes a helpful MBE Self-Assessment Test and a Simulated MBE with Questions and Answers.

 

 

In addition to our print collection, our West Academic Study Aids collection includes a few bar prep-related resources.  The Exam Pro Bar Prep Workbook includes tips on both essays and multiple choice questions and gives techniques for problems by different subject areas. Simply create an account and get going.

Part One – TexasBarCLE: What is it?

This is the first part of a four part series featuring: http://www.texasbarcle.com/CLE/Home.asp.

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.

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

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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.

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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 TexasBar.com is completely separate from TexasBarCLE.com and are operated independently.

TexasBarCLE.com 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 http://www.texasbarcle.com.