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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
806-742-3957
circulation.law@ttu.edu

Reference Services
806-742-7155
reference.law@ttu.edu

Good luck on your studies!!!

Open Source Access to Scholarly Research

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Legal Publishers and others are making it tough for law libraries to maintain many of their collections. For example, Since 1996 Thomson Reuters (West) has dramatically raised the prices of its print titles, both for new sets and, more significantly, for upkeep. Svengalis in his 2016 Legal Information Buyer’s Guide and Reference Manual, tracks 24 popular Thomson Reuter titles and provides a supplementation upkeep cost over a 21 year period, 1995-2015. The average price increase over the 21-year period was 779%. Svengalis also track 20 selective Lexis titles, which increased 299% over the same period. By comparison, the consumer price index rose only 58% during the same time.

With such dramatic increases by commercial publishers, open-source advocates are finding ways to combat the high cost of publications. Wikipedia defines open source access as “. . . online research outputs that are free of all restrictions on access . . . and free of many restrictions on use . . .” Two such entities include the Open Access Button and Unpaywall.

open access buttonBoth are open-source, nonprofit, and dedicated to improving free access to scholarly research. Both scour thousands of institutional repositories (like our ScHOLAR), preprint servers (i.e., SSRN), and other websites to see if an open-access copy of the article is available.

The Open Access Button (OAB) is a browser bookmarklet that is invoked when users hit articles behind a subscription-based site. The OAB will search open access sites for the piece. Both OAB and Unpaywall work similarly.

unpaywallHowever, unlike OAB, Unpaywall uses extensions, which are currently available for Chrome and Firefox. When an Unpaywall user lands on the preview page of a research article and will see either a green unlocked tab or a grey locked tab.  If the tab is green, he or she can click on that tab to view the PDF. See graphic below.

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Bar Exam Resources

The Texas Tech Law Library aims to provide as much assistance as possible for our recent graduates, in addition to our current students, faculty, and staff.  This assistance covers things from study materials to physical space in which to study.   Please note the resources that are available to you as you prepare yourselves for sitting for the bar examination.

  • Law School/Law Library building access with your University ID.
  • Personal/single person study carrel (if it is possible to do so).
  • Reserved quiet study area.
  • Reserved fishbowl study room 5B.

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  • Printing access.
  • Access to Lexis and Bloomberg databases for 6 months post-graduation.
  • Access to Westlaw for 18 months post-graduation (even while working).
  • Bar Prep materials, including but not limited to Barbri, Kaplan, and Themis (which include MBE and Texas materials).

Please contact anyone in the Law Library if you need assistance with anything, and we will do our best to assist you.  Feel free to contact whoever is on Reference or working at the front desk of the Law Library.  Our contact information is:

Circulation Desk
806-742-3957
circulation.law@ttu.edu

Reference Services
806-742-7155
reference.law@ttu.edu

Database of Law-Related Movies

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We all love a good law movie, right? Well, we’re in luck because lawyer and law librarian Ted Tjaden created a database of Law-Related Movies.

The 172 law-related movies on this site have been arbitrarily limited to those that contain one or more of the following features: interesting courtroom scenes, portrayal of lawyers, themes of justice or liberty, or discussion of substantive legal issues. 

The pages have been divided into the following topics:

These movies are great for entertainment purposes or may be useful for instruction, particularly the “movies organized by substantive law subject.”

If you find yourself in need of a break during exam study, you may want to focus your attention on a law-related movie to relax or test your ever-growing knowledge. While the Law Library may not own every title in the database, we do have an impressive collection of popular DVDs. Come check one out today!

Come Celebrate National Library Week With Us!

NLW 2017 Events

April 10th to April 14th is National Library Week!  All week long, we are celebrating our constituents by offering a number of contests for you to win prizes.

In addition to tonight’s Second Annual National Library Week Trivia Night, we have four other contests going on all week, each with its own prizes for the winner.

  1. Coloring Contest:  In the Collaborative Commons, you’ll find some colored pencils and coloring sheets. Color the pages, answer the quick research question at the top, and turn it in to the Circulation Desk with your name on the back. Our panel of expert judges will pick winners on Friday–winners will receive their own coloring books and colored pencils to de-stress throughout the exam period. You can also vote for your favorite work of art on the Library’s Facebook page–the Fan Favorite winner will also get a prize!
  2. Favorite Fiction Matching Contest:  Try to match your favorite professors and library staff members to their favorite fiction book.  First prize is a wireless speaker donated by LexisAdvance.  Entry sheets are in the library lobby; just turn in your answers by Friday at noon for your chance to win!
  3. Candy Guessing Game:  Guess the number of pieces of candy in the jar at the Circulation Desk. The closest to the correct number of pieces will win the candy!
  4. National Library Week Survey:  Fill out our survey to let us know what services you’d like to see the library offer next year.  All students who enter have a chance to win one of two gift cards.

Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals: Creating an eTOC Alert

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Part Four in a Four Part Series.

Under the Print Edition tab of the Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (IFLP), there is a tab to create an eTOC alert through HeinOnline. This creates a general alert for the IFLP.

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When researching within a specific periodical, you can create a bookmark for a page that saves that page to the eTOC alerts.

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After saving the bookmark, a user can access the page through the eTOC alerts. The function allows users to download a PDF he page and add notes for a specific page.

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The eTOC tool is an easy-to-use search tool that allows a user to organize research, along with navigating and saving multiple sources.

Access to HeinOnline: The Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals Collection database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

 

HeinOnline:

http://heinonline.org/HOL/Index?collection=iflp

March 2017 Law Faculty Publications & News

Throughout March 2017, the Law Library received alerts for full-time TTU Law Faculty publications and news. Below is the compilation of daily alerts for March 1, 2017 to March 31, 2017.

Published:

1. GERRY W. BEYER, 13, 15 WEST’S TEX. FORMS, REAL PROPERTY (2d ed. 2017).

2. Richard Murphy, Administrative Law and Practice, 2 ADMIN. L. & PRAC. § 5:18 (3d ed.). (Feb. 2017 Update).

Articles:

  1. Sally McDonald Henry, Chapter 11 Zombies, 50 Ind. L. Rev. 579 (2017).

Cited:

  1. Prof. Beyer’s article, When You Pass On, Don’t Leave the Passwords Behind: Planning for Digital Assets, was cited in the following article: Natalie M. Banta, Property Interests in Digital Assets: The Rise of Digital Feudalism, 38 Cardozo L. Rev. 1099 (2017).
  1. Prof. Beyer’s blog, Murderer’s Family Faces Court Battle Over Inheritance, was cited in the following article: Kelsey I. Cox, The Need for Reform: A Comprehensive Legislative Analysis of the Illinois “Slayer Statute”, 11 Charleston L. Rev. 119 (2017).
  1. Prof. Christopher’s article, Whack-A-Mole: Why Prosecuting Digital Currency Exchanges Won’t Stop Online Money Laundering, was cited in the following article: Lawrence J. Trautman and Alvin C. Harrell, Bitcoin Versus Regulated Payment Systems: What Gives?, 38 Cardozo L. Rev. 1041 (2017).
  1. Prof. Camp’s article, The Mysteries of Erroneous Refunds, was cited in the following article: Allen D. Madison, The Legal Consequences of Noncompliance with Federal Tax Laws, 70 Tax Law. 367 (2016).
  1. Prof. Camp’s article, The Play’s the Thing: A Theory of Taxing Virtual Worlds, was cited in the following article: Adam B. Thimmesch, Transacting in Data: Tax, Privacy, and the New Economy, 94 Denv. L. Rev. 145 (2017).
  1. Prof. Camp’s article, Form over Substance in the Fifth Circuit was cited in the following article: Bret Wells, The Foreign Tax Credit War, 2016 B.Y.U. L. Rev. 1895 (2016).
  1. Prof. Murphy’s article, The Limits of Legislative Control Over the “Hard-Look”, was cited in the following article: D.A. Candeub, Tyranny and Administrative Law, 59 Ariz. L. Rev. 49 (2017).
  1. Prof. Murphy’s update on the Administrative Law & Practice treatise was cited in the following article: Sally Brown Richardson, Privacy and Community Property, 95 N.C. L. Rev. 729 (2017).
  1. Prof. Benham’s essay, Emerging Issues in Texas Dismissal Practice: Pleading Standards and Important Miscellany, was cited in the following comment: George Hayek, TRCP 91a: Resolving the Confusion, 54 Hous. L. Rev. 775 (2017).

Quoted:

  1. Prof. Camp’s article, ‘Loving’ Return Preparer Regulation, was quoted in: Jay A. Soled & Kathleen DeLaney Thomas, Regulating Tax Return Preparation, 58 B.C.L. Rev. 151, 204 (2017).
  1. Prof. Murphy’s & Charles H. Koch Jr. 2016 treatise update of 4 Admin. L. & Prac. § 13:14 (3d ed.), was quoted in: John Kendrick, (Un)limiting Administrative Review: Wind River, Section 2401(a), and the Right to Challenge Federal Agencies, 103 Va. L. Rev. 157, 210 (2017).
  1. Prof. Murphy’s article, Judicial Deference, Agency Commitment, and Force of Law, was quoted in: Aditya Bamzai, The Origins of Judicial Deference to Executive Interpretation, 126 Yale L.J. 908 (2017).
  1. Prof. Humphrey’s article, ‘‘Let’s Talk About Sex”: Legislating and Educating on the Affirmative Consent Standard, was quoted in the following: Eleanor Christie Gourley, Getting to Yes-Means-Yes: Re-Thinking Responses to Rape and Rape Culture on College Campuses, 52 Wash. U.J.L. & Pol’y 195, 207 (2016).
  1. Prof. Camp’s articles, Tax Administration as Inquisitorial Process and the Partial Paradigm Shift in the IRS Restructuring and Reform Act of 1998 and The Failure of Adversarial Process in the Administrative State, were quoted in the following article: Pippa Browde, A Reflection on Tax Collecting: Opening A Can of Worms to Clean Up A Collection Due Process Jurisdictional Mess, 65 Drake L. Rev. 51 (2017).
  1. Prof. Beyer’s article, Digital Wills: Has the Time Come for Wills to Join the Digital Revolution?, was quoted in the following article: Alberto B. Lopez, Posthumous Privacy, Decedent Intent, and Post-Mortem Access to Digital Assets, 24 GEO. MASON L. REV. 183 (2016).

News:

  1. On March 3, 2017 Prof. Beyer was a speaker at the 2017 Estate Planning & Community Property Law Journal Seminar held at the Texas Tech University School of Law. His topic and accompanying article were entitled Case Law Update.
  1. As an editor, Prof. Beyer published a new edition of Keeping Current—Probate in the Probate and Property Journal- it offers a look at selected recent cases, rulings and regulations, literature, and legislation.
  1. On March 8, 2017, Prof. Beyer was a speaker at the 2017 County Court Assistants Training Conference sponsored by the Texas Association of Counties in Lubbock. Prof. Beyer’s presentation was an overview of probate and estate administration under Texas law.
  1. On March 12, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal published an article about Prof. Sutton who is producing her first documentary “The Court Martial of the Apache Kid.”
  1. On March 20, 2017, Prof. Loewy was interviewed by FOX34 News concerning Judge Gorsuch confirmation hearing. The article can be found here.
  1. On March 22, 2017, Prof. Beyer presented a continuing education program for the Red River Valley Estate Planning Council in Fargo, North Dakota. His presentations and accompanying articles were entitled Cyber Estate Planning and Administration and Avoiding the Estate Planning “Blue Screen of Death” With Competent and Ethical Practices.
  1. On March 25, 2017, Prof. Beyer was a speaker at the 2017 Spring Management Workshop conducted by the Equipment Marketing and Distribution Association in Savannah, Georgia. Prof. Beyer’s presentation was entitled Estate Planning Basics: Don’t Be Afraid to Ask!
  1. On March 31, 2017, Prof. Beyer was a guest speaker for approximately 300 attendees at a symposium sponsored by the Southwest Parkinson Society entitled After the Diagnosis, Now What? His presentation was entitled After the Diagnosis: Getting Your House in Order.
  1. On March 31, 2017, Prof. Tracy Pearl presented her paper Fast & Furious: The Misregulation of Driverless Cars, which was specially selected for discussion at the 2017 We Robot Conference at Yale Law School in New Haven, Connecticut.
  1. On March 31, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal published a debate between Prof. Loewy and Charles Moster on whether employer contributions to Social Security should be abolished. The article can be found here.
  1. The Office of the Vice President for Research at Texas Tech recently announced that Prof. Beyer was named the 2017 Outstanding Researcher from the School of Law.

Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals: Print Edition

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Part Three in a Four Part Series.

HeinOnline provides the print edition of the Index of Foreign Legal Periodicals (IFLP) online. A user can search for the appropriate IFLP based on the year of publication. This index is provided by the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. In addition to searching by year, there is also a general search box.

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After clicking on the applicable year, the digital copies of the pages appears. On the left-hand side of the screen is a Table of Contents that provides for easy navigation.

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At the top of each page is a comprehensive search bar that allows a user to download a PDF version, email, and easily navigate the pages.

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This is an easy to navigate system that allows a user to find foreign legal periodicals and essays easily.

Access to HeinOnline: The Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

HeinOnline:

http://heinonline.org/HOL/Index?collection=iflp

Streaming Audio Study Aids

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One of the neat new features of the West Academic Study Aids is the addition of audio lectures. Both the Sum and Substance series and the Law School Legends series are now available to stream 24/7.

The interface is very user friendly. There is a handy menu to select the exact lectures on particular topics that you would like to stream.

To access the audio lectures, go to the Law School’s website:

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Click on the Library tab at the top, and select the West Academic Study Aids link under Research and Reference:

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This takes you to the West Academic Study Aids site. From here you may either search by subject, select by series, etc. To select by series, choose the appropriate drown down menu to find all of the available series:

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From this list select either the Law School Legends Audio Series or the Sum and Substance Audio. After choosing a particular series, a list of all the available titles will appear:

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Select the desired title, in this case Wills and Trust by our own Professor Beyer:

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Once a title is selected a window will appear with a play button, fast forward button, and reverse button, as well as a tracks play list. You may play it from the beginning or just play the topic you are interested in.

Another really great part about the audio lectures is that they work great on your cell phones and other mobile devices.  No need to download files or deal with CDs.

Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals: Using the Search Bar

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Part Two in a Four part Series.

One of the most useful search tools on the Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (IFLP) is the search bar. With the multiple search options, a researcher can readily and easily limit the scope of the contents. The subparts of these different tabs are organized in a user friendly manner. For example, most of the tabs have the contents organized in alphabetical order.

The Subjects tab allows a user to search various subject areas based on the first letter of the subject title.

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The Publication Title tab allows researchers to search for various periodical, journals, or essay collections based on the first letter of the publication title.

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Finally, the Print Edition tab allows a researcher to search through the book form of the IFLP online. The editions include everything from 1960-2015.

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Once a particular year is selected, the table of contents tab on the left provides for easy navigation.

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Access to HeinOnline: The Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals database is available through the Texas Tech Law Library website under the Electronic Databases tab.

HeinOnline:

http://heinonline.org/HOL/Index?collection=iflp