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.

Welcome Back-Study Aids

Welcome back everyone!  We hope you had a wonderful and relaxing break, but now it’s time to get down to business again!  If you find that you need some extra help in a certain subject, the library has you covered.  With our extensive study aid collection, you’re sure to find something that will fit your learning style.  Some of the study aids are also available online for added convenience! (Check out Sue Kelleher’s post on study aids for additional information.)  Come on by the library and see what we have to offer!

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Stress Busting During Finals

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Finals is a very stressful time during the semester. There is a lot of pressure on students to do well during finals, however, if you stress too much it can be counterproductive. What can a student do to keep on the edge without going over!

The Texas Tech Law School and Law Library are working to provide some relief from stress during finals.

The Texas Tech Law Library will be hosting a Peanut Butter and Jelly Bar on December 2 in the 1st Floor Collaboration area. Students can come and make their own peanut butter and jelly sandwiches from 11a.m. – 1p.m. There will also be some stress busting activities that students can enjoy and take with them!

The Texas Tech Law School is hosting a Finals Coffee Bar, November 30 – December 10. Every day at 3pm students can go to the forum for a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and enjoy a study break!

Also, don’t forget that the Texas Tech Law Library also has study rooms that can be reserved for group study as well as all kinds of study aids. There was an earlier blog post by Sue Kelleher that explained the different types of study aids and where you can find them!

Good luck to all the students who are studying for finals!

Study Aids in the Law Library

There are many choices when it comes to picking out the right study aid.  They come in different formats and cover materials in different ways.  If you need a general overview of a topic that explains the law, you might use the Nutshell Series or the Concise Hornbooks.  Other series will provide practice questions, such as the Exam Pro Series or Friedman’s Practice Series.  There are even a couple that provide both an overview and practice questions, like Glannon Guides and Examples and Explanations.

Dr. Jarmon, from the Office of Academic Success, has created a handy guide to the various study Aid series that discusses different types of study aids.  This guide is available in the tutor office, located behind the Research and Information desk in the Law Library.  The different series are also available in various formats.

Check out what the Law Library has available!

Online:

West Academic Study Aid collection (includes study aids from West Academic Publishing, Foundation Press, and Gilberts), there is even the Gilbert’s Law Dictionary to help out with any legal terminology.

  • Acing Series
  • Black Letter Outlines
  • Career Guides
  • Concise Hornbooks
  • Exam Pro
  • Gilbert Law Summaries
  • Law Stories
  • Nutshells
  • Quick Review
  • Short and Happy

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Print (on Reserve):

  • Acing Series
  • Black Letter Outlines
  • Concepts and Insights
  • Crunch Time
  • Emanuel’s Law Outlines
  • Examples and Explanations
  • Gilbert Law Summaries
  • Hornbooks
  • Law Stories
  • Nutshells
  • Understanding Law

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Audio CDs (On Reserve):

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  • Law School Legends
  • Sum and Substance

Flashcards (On Reserve):

  • Law in a Flash
  • Texas Law Cards

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Other Resources:

Don’t forget to take advantage of other resources that are available to you, right here in the Law School.  The Office of Academic Success, run by Dr. Amy Jarmon, has many resources available to assist you.

Study Guides Available in Print and Online

Circ study guidesTexas Tech Law Library has study guides and treatises for all 1L and upper level law courses available in print and online.  Study aids come in many different varieties and many upper level law courses available in print and online. Study aids come in many different varieties and are used for various purposes. Hornbooks are student versions of longer legal treatises and can be invaluable for a close examination of a point of law. Nutshells are a concise paperback series of books that give an excellent overview of the law in a particular subject.

Other study aids, such as Lexis’ “Understanding” series or the “Examples and Explanations” series, fall somewhere in between the scholarly Hornbooks and the plain language of a Nutshell. Other study aids have additional features, such as Gilbert Law Summaries, which have detailed charts and boxes containing exam tips. The “Mastering” series features review checkpoints” at the end of each chapter and a master checklist of key points to know to assure the reader that they have studied and noted all the major topics in that area of law.

The “Inside” series has many FAQ sections with short questions and answers after a chapter or two of content and a highlighted “sidebar” inset that gives interesting background and explanation of the chapter text. Finally, the “Q & A” series and the “Kaplan PMBR” series of study aids both have extensive multiple choice questions and detailed explanations of both the right and wrong answers. The Kaplan PMBR series also includes substantive course outlines and flowcharts, especially helpful for visual learners.

While many study aids are only available in print at the reference desk, the Law Library has subscribed to the West Academic Study Aids online collection, which can be accessed by using your Westlaw OnePass login and creating a West Study Aids account at https://subscription.westacademic.com. Also available are the popular Texas guides, O’Connors, available in print and online at http://www.oconnors.com.  For more information about access, please see a librarian.

For those times when you want to put the traditional study aids away, the Law Library also has Texas Law and Law in a Flash flash-cards and Gilberts and Sum+Substance audio CDs available to check out at the Library’s Circulation Desk.  Get out and study today!