RBG Coloring Book & National Library Week

ruth-bader-ginsburg-coloring-book-ruth-bader-ginsburg-coloring-bookIt’s important for law students and even law faculty to unwind now and again, and adult coloring books are all the rage!  Need a way to justify that your coloring is law related?  Try the Ruth Bader Ginsburg coloring book.

The pages are available to print for free.  Don’t forget to stop by the Law Library Commons during National Library Week, April 11th to the 15th, and participate in our coloring contest. One category is RBG, and the winners of the best picture in each category, as judged by a panel of coloring enthusiasts, will win great prizes!

Keep your eyes open for more information about the full slate of events we have planned for National Library Week, including Trivia Night on Monday, April 11th.  It’s free and there’ll be pizza and beer for registered teams.  To register your team of six, contact Alyson Drake, Student Services Library, at alyson.drake@ttu.edu.

 

GPO Launches GovInfo To Replace FDsys In 2017

According to a recent press release, The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) launched www.govinfo.gov and ushered in a new, dynamic way for the public to discover and access Government information on the three branches of the Federal Government.

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GovInfo is user-friendly and provides a responsive navigation system that is accessible on smartphones, tablets, laptops and personal computers. GPO receives information from Federal agencies and organizations in all three branches of the Government.

There are more than 1.5 million titles available on GovInfo, with more added daily. Collections on GovInfo include:

  • The Congressional Record
  • Federal Register
  • Congressional Calendars, Hearings, Reports
  • Bills
  • The U.S. Code
  • Code of Federal Regulations
  • U.S. Courts Opinions
  • The Federal Budget

Its content feeds The Library of Congress’ www.congress.gov and the Federal Register site. Currently in beta, GovInfo will replace GPO’s Federal Digital System (FDsys) in 2017.

Research Guides from the TTU Law Library

Do you ever find yourself looking for help getting started in legal research? Do you find yourself wanting to know the basics of a common resource? Do you wonder what resources the Law Library has available to you? If you ever finding yourself answering “Yes” to one of these questions, then you may want to consider checking out the Texas Tech Law Library’s Research Guide Series (also called “LibGuides”).

The Law Library’s LibGuides are 60+ Research Guides (and growing!) on a variety of topics. Four guides are “Library Services”, with guides marketed to different patron groups, such as Faculty, Students, Members of the Bar, and Members of the Public. These guides help different patrons find the services available to them.

small_logoThe next group of guides are our Course & Subject guides, under the collective brand “What2Use”. These guides are resources in particular subjects, tied to particular College of Law courses. Each guide is divided into parts containing primary law sources, study materials for students, and materials for practitioners and advanced researchers. Guides are available for all required doctrinal courses, all bar exam electives, and a number of other popular electives. We are expanding this list, as well as continually reviewing and updating the existing guides.

The other major category of the Law Library’s LibGuides is the “How2Use” guide series. The How2Use guides focus on specific resources, such as Dorsaneo’s Texas Litigation Guide, or general guides on using resources, such as our guides on Legal Apps or Terms and Connectors searching. We are also continually expanding this list, as well as updating existing guides: Watch for guides on legal citation and O’Connor’s Online in the coming weeks.

The last few guides don’t fit into particular categories, but include such topics as bar prep materials, online people & property searches, and a guide for Spanish-speaking patrons to help find Spanish-language resources.

So, check out the Law Library’s LibGuides when you need a place to get started. You’re sure to find something helpful.

Have a suggestion for a Law Library Research Guide topic, or a resource to be added to one of our existing LibGuides? Send your suggestions to Joshua Pluta at joshua.pluta@ttu.edu.

Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL)

This digital resource is available through the Federal Depository Library Program to faculty, staff and students (and on-site library users) of Texas Tech University.  The HSDL (https://www.hsdl.org) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Preparedness Directorate, FEMA and the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security.

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Materials available in the HSDL include resources on policy and strategy, various special collections like CRS Reports as well as theses and research reports.  Also included are various research tools that provide users guidance to locating materials outside of the materials housed within the digital library.

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Another useful section is the Featured Topics section.  They have provided access to selected resources on various topics of current importance or of particular significance to homeland security.  These topics currently range from Border Security to Wildfires, including topics dealing with terrorism, gangs and cyber security.

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Other useful resources that are available in the Homeland Security Digital Library include an Ask a Librarian feature and the On the Homefront blog.  The Ask a Librarian function allows users to ask research questions any time of day or night, while the blog will let researchers stay up to date on current events.  There is even a calendar of upcoming events.

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Visit the Homeland Security Digital Library (https://www.hsdl.org) and explore all of the numerous resources at your disposal. Just remember that you need to be connected to the university network to have full access.

Monitoring Social Media & the 2016 Presidental Election

LexisNexis has a new site, U.S. Presidential Campaign Tracker, that allows viewers to monitor how the medial is covering the 2016 Presidential Election.

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This site provides a variety of charts that shows various type of information including; Top Candidates 30-Day Coverage, Political Party Article Sentiment and Twitter feeds.

The Political Party Article Sentiment shows the number of media articles published by political party and then shows the percentage of positive, negative and neutral treatments of the articles.

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There is also a list of Twitter feeds from various people concerning the election which is interesting to follow.twitter feeds

This is a really interesting site to check-out if you are interested in the elections!

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).

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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.

Umbrellas at the Law Library Circulation Desk

umbrellaIt doesn’t rain in West Texas very often but when it does you might need an umbrella!

Remember, the Circulation desk has a limited number of umbrellas that you can borrow when the rain catches you unaware and unprepared.

All we ask is if you borrow an umbrella, please return it so we can loan it out again!