Death Penalty Worldwide

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The database was created in April 2011 by Professor Sandra Babcock, Clinical Professor of Law and Director of the International Human Rights Clinic at Cornell University Law School, in partnership with the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty, this resource attempts to fill the research and advocacy gaps that exist with regards to the death penalty.  Its intended audience includes judges, policymakers, scholars, lawyers, journalists, and human rights advocates.

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According to the website’s FAQ (http://www.deathpenaltyworldwide.org/faq.cfm), the database provides data such as:

  • General country information
  • Basic death penalty information
  • List of crimes punishable by the death penalty
  • Information about death penalty conditions, such as prison conditions, quality of legal representation, etc.
  • Information from international human rights organizations

DPW will NOT include certain information:

  • Descriptions of individual cases
  • A news feed on death penalty topics

 

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You can also find links to other international legal issues in this resource.  Some of these include information on extraditions to retentionist countries, how mental illness is dealt with, as well as information on juvenile offenders and women.

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The Resources section will provide even further information, such as a bibliography, news resources, international legal research guidelines, and links to death penalty organizations to name a few.

There are other resources also available on the site, such as an FAQ and even a Blog that you can subscribe to.  If you would like more information about this database, please contact:

Death Penalty Worldwide                                                               
info@deathpenaltyworldwide.org

Sandra Babcock
Clinical Professor of Law
Director, International Human Rights Clinic
Cornell University Law School
slb348@cornell.edu

Delphine Lourtau
Research Director, Death Penalty Worldwide
dml348@cornell.edu

End of the Semester Library Resources

The spring semester is almost over; there are only a couple of weeks left of school and then finals!  This is always a busy and stressful time, however the Law Library is here to help you finish the semester on a positive note.  Here are some items the library has available to you to help you through the end of the semester.

west academic studyaidsThe Law Library has study guides to check out!  We have all different types of study aides that can be checked out or used online (WestAcademic Study Aids).  There are books, cds, and flash cards available for you to use.

aspirin collageThe Law Library also has a supply of items to help you cope better during your studies.  The library has ear plugs, aspirin, ibuprofen, antacids, and bandaids.  The library also has other items to help you like phone chargers located throughout the library, disposable earbuds, laptop chargers, and various projector chargers.

One of our most helpful resources is our study rooms.  We have 5 rooms available and they can be reserved online here.  If you have problems reserving your study room, contact the Circulation Desk (806-742-3957) and staff can help you reserve your space.

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Don’t forget to reserve a laptop if you need one for a final exam.  If your final has the option for laptops you will receive an email notifying you with instructions on how to reserve a laptop.  Please, don’t forget the laptops are first come-first reserved, so make sure you reserve your laptop early!

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Our last resource is our best, and that is our staff!!  If you have any questions or need help, please come by and talk to one of our circulation desk staff members and they will be glad to help you get the information you need.

 

Good luck on your finals and enjoy the summer break!!!

GPO to Digitize all Issues of the Federal Register

federalregisterThe U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) recently announced that it plans to make every issue of the Federal Register digitally available to the public. Approximately 14,587 individual issues, which go back to 1936, will be digitized. The digitization is expected to be completed in 2016. Currently, digital versions dating from 1994 to the present are available on GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys). The Federal Register is updated daily by 6 a.m. and is published Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. (Source: Federal Depository Library Program).

 

Publish in Open Access Law Reviews for Higher Scholarly Impact

The Law Librarians blog posted about a paper by James Donovan, Carol Watson, and Caroline Osborne on SSRN called The Open Access Advantage for American Law Reviews.

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In answer to law faculty questions about how participation in an open access repository will affect the works’ impact, the present research offers a definitive reply. When looking at citation by other law reviews to all the author’s work, the averaged increase in citations in flagship journals is 53%. In general, half of these cites will be dispensed in the first six years after the article’s publication. OA articles will attract more attention earlier in the lifecycle of the publication, and endure longer on the intellectual stage.

For authors, the message is clear: The open access advantage is real, sizable, and consistent. The minimal effort to upload an article onto an OA platform such as SSRN or a school’s repository pays rich dividends in the currency of subsequent citations in law reviews and court decisions.

From the abstract:
Articles available in open access formats enjoy an advantage in citation by subsequent law review works of 53%. For every two citations an article would otherwise receive, it can expect a third when made freely available on the Internet. This benefit is not uniformly spread through the law school tiers. Higher tier journals experience a lower OA advantage (11.4%) due to the attention such prestigious works routinely receive regardless of the format. When focusing on the availability of new scholarship, as compared to creating retrospective collections, the aggregated advantage rises to 60.2%. While the first tier advantage rises to 16.8%, the mid-tiers skyrocket to 89.7%. The fourth tier OA advantage comes in at 81.2%.

Citations of legal articles by courts is similarly impacted by OA availability. While the 15-year aggregate advantage is a mere 9.5%, new scholarship is 41.4% more likely to be cited by a court decision if it is available in open access format.

Make sure to upload to SSRN for discoverability. And upload your article to your institutional repository for good measure, too.

ALA Releases Top 10 Challenged Books of 2015

bbw13_profileAt the beginning of National Library Week, the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom released its annual Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2015. Each year, the Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of challenges, defined as “a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness.” The report of a challenge does not mean that a book is removed, only that its removal has been requested.

Continue reading “ALA Releases Top 10 Challenged Books of 2015”

Legislative Insight: What is it?

ProQuest’s Legislative Insight (see below) is a Federal legislative history database, containing full text publications created in the process of enacting U.S. laws.

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The value of legislative history research is simple: attorneys and courts often utilize findings from the legislative history of a law to support arguments about the actual meaning of the law.

Within Legislative Insight, users can search:

  • Bills
  • Congressional Records
  • CRS Reports and Miscellaneous Congressional Publications
  • House and Senate documents
  • Published and Unpublished Hearings (from 1983 forward)
  • Presidential Signing Statements
  • Public Laws

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

Excellence in Legal Research Summer Classes

Did you know that 35% of what a lawyer does in the first two years of practice is legal research?   Studies also show that the majority of those hiring new attorneys see new associates’ research skills as lacking or severely lacking.

The award winning Excellence in Legal Research Program at Texas Tech Law is a great way to strengthen your research skills before you enter the legal profession.  If you are currently a 1L or a 2L, it is still possible to complete the ten courses that will give you a bright spot on your resume and a leg up on those applying for the jobs you want.

This summer, we are offering THREE classes (see below).  Contact Alyson Drake, the Coordinator of the ELR program, at alyson.drake@ttu.edu to sign up for the classes, and keep your eyes open in August for the fall schedule.

ELR Single-Sided Flyer -- Summer 2016

Blue and Green Book Survival Skills on Wednesday, May 25th from 5:30-8:30pm (a great way to get ready to serve on a law journal or to brush up on your skills before your summer job starts)

Texas Statutory Materials on Wednesday, June 8th from 5:30-8:30pm

Federal Legislative History on Friday, July 8th from 2:00-5:00pm

Sign up today!