April 2017 – New Books List

In April 2017, the Law Library added the following new titles to the collection to support the research and curricular needs of our faculty and students.

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  1. Zoltan Balazsan, The Principle of the Separation of Powers: a Defense (2016).
  2. Gary Lawson, “A Great Power of Attorney”: Understanding the Fiduciary Constitution (2017).


  1. James Forman, Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America (2017).


  1. Kevin F. Steinmetz, Hacked: A Radical Approach to Hacker Culture and Crime (2016).
  2. Daniel B. Garrie, Law Firm Cybersecurity (2017).


  1. Albert I. Telsey, The ABCs of Environmental Regulation (2016).


  1. Randy Bobbitt, Free Speech on America’s K-12 and College Campuses: Legal Cases from Barnette to Blaine, (2017).


  1. Daniel Sledge, Health Divided: Public Health and Individual Medicine in the Making of the Modern American State (2017).


  1. Stephen A. Simon, The U.S. Supreme Court and the Domestic Force of International Human Rights Law (2016).


  1. David E. Wilkins, Dismembered: Native Disenrollment and the Battle for Human Rights (2017).


  1. Thomas Alan Lund, The Creation of the Common Law: The Medieval “Year Books” Deciphered (2015).
  2. John Eaton, Finding English Law: Quick Access to Key Titles (2017).


  1. Elizabeth Fajans, Scholarly Writing for Law Students: Seminar Papers, Law Review Notes and Law Review Competition Papers (2017).


  1. Brian Tierney, Liberty and Law: The Idea of Permissive Natural Law, 1100-1800 (2014).


  1. Heidi K. Gardner, Smart Collaboration: How Professionals and Their Firms Succeed by Breaking Down Silos (2016).
  2. Stephen R. Covey, First Things First: To Live, to Love, to Learn, to Leave a Legacy (1994)(2003 ed.).
  3. Jonathan McDowell, From Law School to Lawyer: Tools, Procedures, and Steps to Grow Your Practice (2015).


  1. Jessie Daniels, Being a Scholar in the Digital Era: Transforming Scholarly Practice for the Public Good (2016).
  2. Andy Tattersall, Altmetrics: a practical guide for librarians, researchers and academics (2016).


  1. Michael N. Schmitt (ed.), Tallinn Manual 2.0 on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Operations (2017).


  1. Bob Ward, The Most Interesting Mock Trial Case Files in the World (2016).
  2. Glenn C. Altschuler, Ten Great American Trials: Lessons in Advocacy (2016).


  1. William H.F. Altman, The Guardians on Trial: The Reading Order of Plato’s Dialogues from Euthyphro to Phaedo (2016).
  2. Frank Anechiarico, Legal but Corrupt: A New Perspective on Public Ethics (2017).
  3. Amos N. Guiora, The Crime of Complicity: The Bystander in the Holocaust (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.  Library staff will be able to assist in locating and checking out any of these items.

Finals Help

Finals are looming and your brain may be starting to fail; you may need an extra boost to help you make it through the afternoon, the day, or the week.

We are here to help.  The Law Library can provide access to streaming audio study aids, improved West Academic Study Aids, general information on study aids,  we even have the Collaborative Commons where you can get together and study!

candy jarAs wonderful as these resources are, sometimes you need more! Sometimes you need candy!!!

When you find you are in need of candy, come by office 127A, off of the Collaborative Commons.  If the light is on and the door is open, come on in and get some candy.  If the light is on but the door is closed, knock and I will let you in to get candy!

Sometimes the little things help you get through the day and through your work.  As an extra bonus, if you have a reference question I can help with that as well.

Our contact information is:

Circulation Desk

Reference Services

Good luck on your studies!!!

Databases to Help Jumpstart Your Legal Research Quest

Welcome back!  This is one of the most exciting times of the semester.  All possibilities are open and everything is new.  Soon, you will need to start researching; whether it’s for class, papers, or journal comments, the search for information will begin.  Here are some resources to help get you started on your research quest!

One of our favorite go-to databases is HeinOnline.  This database is a collection of primary and secondary legal resources.  If you are looking for current federal law, historical state statutes, federal administrative law, U.S. Supreme Court cases, and especially law journals, then HeinOnline is a great place to start your search.  One fairly unique feature of HeinOnline is that all of the material is available as PDF files.  This means that each document is a scan of the actual physical item and not just an electronic copy of the data that may differ in content and appearance from the original print copy.  It’s easy to get to from the Texas Tech University Law Library’s main web page, just scroll down to “Research and Reference” and click on “HeinOnline.”

databasesAnother resource we have to help you locate difficult-to-find government documents is ProQuest Congressional.  This database has an extensive collection of legislative histories, committee hearings, prints, reports, and bill texts and tracking.  This database is also easily located from the Texas Tech University Law Library’s main web page (see image above).

As a reminder, don’t forget that there are many interdisciplinary databases and materials available to you from the main University Library’s webpage. While the Law Library’s collection of books and materials is focused on law and legal research and is the best place to start when doing legal research, the main University Library has material covering many other topics that can help you with interdisciplinary research.

mainThe main University Library database collection includes Academic Search Complete and EBSCO.  They also have access to JSTOR, which is a collaborative collection of digitized journals and books.  If you have the name of a journal and want to know if articles from it are available, start your search in E-Journals A-Z.

The main University Library is also the place to get materials through ILL (Interlibrary Loan).  If there is something you need and we don’t have it in our collection, use “Document Delivery” and get the item sent to you from another library.  It is free of charge and easy to use.

This is just a quick peek at some of the materials that are available to you to help with your research projects. As always, if you need help with your research, ask a librarian!  It’s what we’re here to do.

If you’re a student, contact Alyson Drake (alyson.drake@ttu.edu) with questions. If you’re a faculty member, contact Jamie Baker (jamie.baker@ttu.edu) or your faculty liaison for assistance.

During regular business hours, there is also an on-call librarian who can help. Stop by the Circulation Desk to ask for the on-call librarian.

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”

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!


New Inter-Library Loan System

The Texas Tech Law School Library and the University Library are consolidating our inter-library loan/document delivery services.  Beginning now, all law faculty, staff, and students are now required to use the University ILL/Document Delivery Service (http://library.ttu.edu/docdel/).  All users will initially need to set up their accounts using their eRaider, to be able to use the ILL services (see instructions below).


You can find links to the new system in a couple of different places.


After clicking on the Sign In button, you will be directed to sign in with your eRaider.


Faculty Instructions

  1. To register for the first time, you will be asked to fill out a profile.
  • Select the correct STATUS for your position (TTU Faculty).
  • Make sure that LAW SCHOOL is chosen as your Department.
  • For the Department Delivered To, TYPE THE LAW LIBRARY:



Graduate Students/Staff Instructions

  1. To register for the first time, you will be asked to fill out a profile.
  • Select the correct STATUS for your position (TTU Grad Student or TTU Staff).
  • Make sure that LAW SCHOOL is chosen as your Department.
  • For the Pick Up Location, CHOOSE THE LAW LIBRARY:



  1. Once logged in, you will need to choose what type of request you want to make:


  1. Make sure that you fill out the required fields (marked with RED asterisks).



  1. After making a request, you will be able to monitor and manage your various requests in this same location:


Pickups and returns will be handled by the Law Library, but renewals and other administrative matters will need to go through the University Library.

Contact Information:

Texas Tech University Library
Room 130, Ground Floor


Hours of Operation:
Monday-Friday 8a.m.-7p.m.


Viewing Electronic Resources During Server Migration

Here is a tip to help you view Texas Tech University Law Library electronic resources during the server migration.

If you are trying to connect with one of the databases and it acts like it isn’t working (see example below):

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REMOVE the EZProxy prefix from the URL and it should work just fine.

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You should be sent directly to the resource.

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If you still have problems viewing Law Library electronic resources after trying this tip, then contact your personal librarian or contact the Reference staff at:  806-742-7155.