Law 360: What is it?

This is the first in a four part series blog post spotlighting the LexisNexis’ Law360.

Law360 is a news source dedicated to gathering news coverage on a variety of legal topics. The website offers in depth breaking news and analysis in every major practice area of the law. The homepage is constantly updating its breaking news features; each visit will likely show a list of very recently added articles written by reporters in over a dozen major cities. Law 360 boasts over 220 new articles every day from all over the world.

The Law 360 home page gives quick access to some of the most important features of the site in general including the search bar at the top of the page. The advanced search function is very detailed and the button for that search is to the right of the search bar. On the left side of the Law 360 is the direct links to the sections of the law that the site covers. This allows visitors to separate the news stories that are of the most interest to them and their practice.

Below is the view of the home page of Law 360.

 1. Law 360 Home Page

The center of the homepage is dedicated to their breaking news or newly published articles. It updates as new articles are published, with the newest article at the top of the page. When a new article is published, it takes the top spot while the previous article is moved down. As stated earlier, over 220 news articles that have some effect on the law are published daily and the news section is always changing. Below is a view of the homepage with emphasis on the breaking news section.

 2. Law 360 Breaking News

Also on the Law 360 homepage is a small slide show on the right hand side. The slide show lists five of the most popular parts of the site that are of interest to visitors. One of those parts that might be interesting to law students is the link to Law 360’s “Pro Say” podcast. Below is a picture of where to find this part of the Law 360 home page.

 3. Law 360 Slide Show and Podcast

On the top left of the homepage, Law 360 has three lines that, if clicked, open the site navigation bar. This function is the easiest way to view the majority of the functions that Law 360 offers including the important sections of the law that the website covers, the In-depth function (which is discussed later on) and far more. It is the easiest way to explore what the website offers if a visitor is not sure what they are looking for. Below is a picture of how to find the navigation bar on the home page.

 4. Law 360 Navigation Bar

Access to the Law360 database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

 

 

O’Connor’s Online: Browse & Search

This is the fourth in a four part series spotlighting Jones McClure Publishing’s O’Connor’s Online.

To access O’Connor’s online for free, register at oconnors.com/lawschool using your Texas Tech University email address.

On the homepage, you can access several different areas of law. The areas of law include Appellate Procedure, Business & Organizations, Causes of Action, Criminal Law, Employment Law, Family Law, Pretrial & Trial Procedure, Probate & Estates, and Property & Real Estate.

Below is a view of the home page. The green box indicates where you can browse by topic.

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Additionally, in the top left corner of the home page, you can find information through the search box. This can be useful if you have a specific statute or keyword in mind instead of choosing to browse.

Below is a view of the home page. The green box indicates where the search box is located.

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Under a specific topic, you can view Charts, Commentaries, Forms, Statutes, and Rules. On the left side of the screen, you can view your search history to navigate back to things you have previously searched.

Below is a view of the different items under a specific topic.

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After you search, you can filter your results. You can filter by Type, Practice Area, and Topic. The filter options are located on the left side of the screen. The site also give you the option of refining your search.

Below is a view of the different filter options indicated by the green boxes.

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Access to O’Connor’s online is available through the Texas Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

O’Connor’s Online: Frequently Asked Questions

This is the third in a four part series blog post spotlighting Jones McClure Publishing’s O’Connor’s Online.

If you are struggling with using the online resources, you can select an option under the Let Us Show You Around tab. Under this tab, you can choose from Navigating the Landing Page; Searching Online; Bookmarks, Highlights, and Notes; Using the Index; and Frequently Asked Questions. These tools will help you to learn about the website and combat any problems you are having with the online resources.

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After clicking on the Frequently Asked Questions section, you can view several different topics. The categories of questions include General, Navigating O’Connor’s Online, Researching on O’Connor’s Online, and O’Connor’s Online Tools.

Below is a view of the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Frequently asked questions

After selecting a specific question from the Frequently Asked Questions page, you can read the little tutorial. From that page, you can view your Recently Viewed Articles and Related articles on the right side of the screen.

Below is a view of a specific question from the Frequently Asked Questions page. The green boxes indicate where the Recently Viewed Articles and Related Articles can be located.

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If you did not find the answer helpful, you can submit a request or write a comment to get additional information. Those options are located at the bottom of the specific questions page.

The green boxes indicate where you can comment or submit a request.

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Access to O’Connor’s Online is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

Science, Technology, and the Law

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The NCSTL.org project is a program of the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs. United States Department of Justice located at Stetson University College of Law.  It provides a single access point for information about science, technology, and legal topics. The information has been compiled by professionals in order to provide comprehensive data on a broad range of topics.  The clearinghouse provides access to books, journals, cases, dissertations, and websites, as well as various other materials that cover topics from Accident Investigation to Voice Analysis.

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Other resources that NCSTL provides include Special Collections for specific user groups, as well as Education and Training resources.

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For more information, visit the web site or contact NCSTL.org directly at:

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More information can also be located at:

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For assistance with this or any other topic, please contact the Texas Tech Law Library at (806) 742-7155 or reference.law@ttu.edu.

O’Connor’s Online: Registration

This is the second in a four part series blog post spotlighting Jones McClure Publishing’s O’Connor’s Online.

O’Connor’s Online provides access to user-friendly law books geared toward the practicing lawyer. O’Connor says everything they publish–commentaries, codes, forms–is designed to simplify the daily practice of lawyers in the real world.

Access to O’Connor’s Online is available by creating an account with your Texas Tech email address at https://www.oconnors.com/lawschool. You will receive an email to verify your email address. After registering, you will receive an email confirming that you successfully activated your account.

Below is a view of the screen to register for online access.

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After registering with your Texas Tech email, the website will give you a tutorial of how to use O’Connor’s Online services. The website instructs you where you can click to search, where you can click to collapse, and where you can click to go home. You can exit the tutorial by clicking on the bottom right corner Close button.

Below is a view of the tutorial after you register.

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After exiting the brief tutorial, additional help is located in the center of the screen under the Let Us Show You Around section. Under this section, you have the options learn about Navigating the Landing Page; Searching Online; Bookmarks, Highlights, and Notes; Using the Index; and Frequently Asked Questions.

Below, the green box indicates where the Let Us Show You Around section can be located.

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Additionally, if you are unsure where to begin you can browse various topics. The topics available to browse include Appellate Procedure, Business & Organizations, Causes of Action, Criminal Law, Employment Law, Family Law, Pretrial & Trial Procedure, Probate & Estates, and Property & Real Estate.

Below, the green box indicates where you can browse the topics.

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Access to O’Connor’s online is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.