Spring 2018 - Research Recess!

During the 2018 Spring Semester, the O'Quinn Law Library reference librarians will offer a series of lunchtime and evening presentations on legal research topics. With the exception of the Foreign and International Law Research session offerred at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, 2/12, presentations will be given at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and 5:00 p.m. Wednesdays from February 6 though March 7. Please see schedule below for dates and room numbers.


Food will be provided for the first twenty attendees!


Presentation Descriptions

1. Researching Oil and Gas Law

Tuesday, 2/6, 12:00-12:45 (room 1 BLB)
Wednesday, 2/7, 5:00-5:45 (room 1 BLB)

Presented by Chris Dykes, Head of Public Services

This session will provide an introductory overview of sources used to conduct oil and gas research. It will discuss primary and secondary resources, subscription databases, and free internet sites.

2. Foreign and International Law Research

Monday, 2/12, 12:00-12:45 (room 3 BLB)
Wednesday, 2/14, 5:00-5:45 (room 1 BLB)

Presented by Dan Donahue, Foreign and International Law Librarian

This session will explore strategies of researching in the area of international, foreign, and comparative law (IFCL). After a brief introduction into international law, including an overview of the major international organizations and the differences between common law and civil law, this session will identify major legal resources for IFCL research.

3. Texas Legal Research

Tuesday, 2/20, 12:00-12:45 (room 1 BLB)
Wednesday, 2/21, 5:00-5:45 (room 3 BLB)

Presented by Emily Lawson, Reference/Research Librarian

This session will provide an overview of Texas Legal Research. Specifically, it will address Texas statutory and legislative research as well as administrative law research involving Texas state agencies.

4. Beyond Westlaw and Lexis: Alternative Legal Research Databases

Tuesday, 2/27, 12:00-12:45 (room 1 BLB)
Wednesday, 2/28, 5:00-5:45 (room 1 BLB)

Presented by Robert Clark, Reference/Research Librarian

While most law students use Lexis and Westlaw for the bulk of their research, many practicing attorneys find that relying on these subscription services alone is prohibitively expensive. This session will cover a number of low-cost and free alternatives, including Casemaker, Fastcase, and the Texas State Law Library’s digital collection. The session will conclude with a look at databases for specialized areas of practice.

5. Researching Intellectual Property Law

Tuesday, 3/6, 12:00-12:45 (room 1 BLB)
Wednesday, 3/7, 5:00-5:45 (room 1 BLB)

Presented by Katy Badeaux, Faculty Services Librarian

This program will cover the basics of research techniques for Intellectual Property. Specialized and government databases for researching patents, copyright, and trademarks will be introduced as well as tips for best practices.