To access the Scholarly Writing Series videos, please see the Law Library Blog post on topic.
Instead of getting bogged down trying to remember the nuts-and-bolts of each database, it is more important to strategize with a research process that works in any database.
To that end, the TTU School of Law Librarians instruct on legal research using a version of the Rombauer Method of legal research.
The beauty of this research process is that it can be geared toward any database. As long as the user can maneuver the database to find relevant secondary sources, he or she will be able to fulfill the first step of the research process and so on.
If students use this research process to keep their research strategic and organized, they should feel comfortable using any database. And it is important for students to feel comfortable while researching because they will generally only research in a way that is comfortable to them.
This was observed by Alison Head and Michael Eisenberg among undergraduate students at the University of Washington. The students showed little variation in their research strategies and defaulted to resources like Google and Wikipedia for introductory research, with little regard for efficiency or effectiveness. As Head and Eisenberg observed, the students may be aware of the range of resources needed to carry out their research effectively, but they fall back on strategies as similar and repetitive as possible.
Instead of focusing on the various platforms, the students should become familiar with a process that works in any database.
With the Spring 2017 semester starting back up, it’s important to keep in mind all of the resources that the library has to offer! One of these resources are the Research Guide Series, also known as Libguides. The link to the Libguides can be found on the law library website under Research and Reference, titled “Research Guide Series” or by clicking on the link here.
The Libguides offer all sorts of instructional materials as well as helpful links and other resources that may help you throughout law school! There is a Student Services Libguide as well as a Faculty Services Libguide that outline our services to both groups and provides a ton of helpful information!
I would suggest that everyone go and take a look at our Libguides to see if there are any resources listed that can be helpful to you!
If you have any questions, please contact a Law Librarian for more information!
This is the final post in a three-part series spotlighting Statistical Insight database features.
From syntax searches to a source list of all agencies and organizations listed in Statistical Insight, the LibGuide is the one-stop feature for questions about Statistical Insight. The link to the LibGuide is located on the front page of Statistical Insighton the left-hand column, under “Search Types” (shown below).
The LibGuide comprises of five tabs: About, Searching, Search Syntax, Additional Materials, and Webinars. Under Searching, users can learn how the database’s basic search bar is not equip for full text keyword searches, rendering Boolean commands in the advanced search bar particularly useful (shown below under the Search Syntax tab).
Meanwhile, the Additional Materials tab contains three indexes: American Statistics Index, Statistics Reference Index, and Index to International Statistics. Each index categories are supplemented with source lists, containing the names of agencies and organizations indexed in Statistical Insight; an accession number list, referencing publication types found when searching particular agencies; and a user guide, explaining the organization of abstracts and how to maneuver through particularly voluminous statistical data (shown below).
This is the first post in a three-part series spotlighting Statistical Insight database features. For this post, we’re looking at the “Statistics in the News” tab, available on a supplemental right-hand menu bar (shown below).
This section of Statistical Insight comprises of fifteen topics ranging from bullying to renewable energy. Selecting a topic will yield several dozen, or in the case of “Medicare Spending” (shown below), several hundred PDFs and tables of compiled statistics.
Using the blue and gray result bar tabs, results can be filtered by table or PDF. (note: Additional filter options will be explored in a later spotlight post.) Generally, publications located in Statistical Insight are voluminous, containing several hundred pages (table example by the National Center for Health Statistics shown below).
Access to ProQuest’s Statistical Insight database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.