Do you have suggestions for the TTU Law Library?

We want to hear them! Submit your comments to the Law Library though a quick SurveyMonkey form.

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All comments are anonymous. If you want a personal response then you have the option of leaving contact information that will allow us to respond to you directly.

Law Library staff will respond to your suggestions in a timely manner. The responses are available for viewing (must be able to login using an eRaider) by following the “View Submitted Suggestions” link in the upper left-hand corner of the Law Library web page.

If you have any questions concerning how to send suggestions or view responses, please let me know by email, barbara.painter@ttu.edu.

 

CCH Secured Transactions Guide Featured Spotlight: Guide Forms

This is the fourth and final post in a four-part series spotlighting CCH Secured Transactions Guide.

CCH Secured Transactions Guide provides model versions of the primary forms used for filing and maintaining financing statements as required by UCC Article 9. The forms are accessible through the main Secured Transactions page.

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Select “Specimen Forms,” and then choose from a UCC financing statement, financing statement amendment, information statement, or information request. If we select “UCC Financing Statement,” we are directed to a model form of a financing statement.

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Access to CCH Secured Transactions Guide database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab. You must register and create an individual user ID using a TTU email address as your user ID. You choose your own password. Please contact a Law Librarian if you have any questions.

 

How to Reduce Stress in Three Minutes

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We realize that the typical law student will experience stressful situations during his or her law school career. To that end, we previously have posted information on stress reduction resources available in the Law Library and useful stress reduction advice. Both of these pieces lightly touch on some key aspects of mindfulness. What exactly is mindfulness? Mindfulness can be defined as being in a state of hyper-consciousness fully focused on the present moment. No time for past, present or future judgments here. The many benefits of mindfulness are scientifically proven. If willing, anyone can participate in various mindfulness techniques and practices. No special skills are required. One method that I have found helpful is the 3-minute breathing space (3MBS) technique. I like it because it takes only 3 minutes!

  1. Minute One. Relax and let your thoughts go wild. Again, no judgments just experience the wide kaleidoscope of thoughts flowing and out.
  2. Minute Two. Next, narrow the focus of your thoughts. Focus on your breathing. Unlike minute one, your thoughts here are very fixated.
  3. Minute Three. Finally, focus on the sensations of the body. These can be in one particular area or various areas of the body.

Do you have 3-minutes to spare? Try the 3MBS technique next time you are faced with a stressful situation and pressed for time. Who is not these days?

CCH Secured Transactions Guide Featured Spotlight: Annotated Explanations

This is the third post in a four-part series spotlighting CCH Secured Transactions Guide.

CCH Secured Transactions Guide provides annotated explanations of state’s variations of the rules governing secured transactions. These explanations are available through the “Charts, explanations, UCC provisions, state and federal laws and regulation, & other material, organized by topic” link on the main Secured Transactions page. 

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For example, if you wanted to find Texas variations on the UCC regarding secured transactions involving crops you can select “Texas” from the list of states.

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After selecting “Explanations Annotated,” the database provides you with a topically organized list of Texas-specific secured transactions rules. Next, select “Agricultural Transactions” to see rules concerning agriculture.

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Select “Crops” and the database will display annotated provisions that deal with crops on the right-hand side of the screen.

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Access to CCH Secured Transactions Guide database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab. You must register and create an individual user ID using a TTU email address as your user ID. You choose your own password. Please contact a Law Librarian if you have any questions.

 

Gaming the Article Title

Article titles are important because researchers often use keyword searching in the title field to find articles that are highly relevant to their research.

421975855_1280x720Not only is a title important for discoverability, it’s also important to catch the attention of a potential reader and up article views and downloads for impact purposes.

Brian Leiter over at the Law Professor Blogs Network recently highlighted a story illustrating how to game the article title to increase downloads.

I have an article with the (admittedly extremely boring) title “Rethinking Assignor Estoppel” coming out in the Houston Law Review. It has been on SSRN for nine months. I have posted about it twice on Facebook and Twitter, and it has shown up in all the SSRN journals. In that nine months it has garnered 982 views and 172 SSRN downloads.

Late Friday afternoon, prompted by some friends teasing me for the boring headline, I posted the exact same article, with the exact same abstract, but with a new, click-baity title: “Inventor Sued for Infringing His Own Patent. You Won’t Believe What Happened Next.” I did this in part as a joke, and in part as an unscientific test to see how susceptible law professors were to clickbait.

The answer is, quite susceptible indeed. In less than two hours on a Friday night the number of views for this “new” article surpassed the old one. In 26 hours, by late Saturday, more people had downloaded the new article than the old one, even though before downloading you are exposed to the same old boring abstract. And by the end of the weekend, the article had been viewed nearly six times as often as the original and downloaded three times as often as the original.

The article will soon appear in the Houston Law Review under its old, boring title. But it sure looks like titles matter.

Authors would do well to keep this in mind when naming an article. This, coupled with a long, jargon-filled abstract, may just be the key to article impact success.