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Cover: Advanced Legal Research: Process and Practice by Megan Austin | Law Instruction Librarian University of Oregon John E. Jaqua Law Library. Image of computer and legal notepad.

Written for students and instructors, this Advanced Legal Research text by Law Instruction Librarian Megan Austin uses the steps of the legal research process to facilitate skills practice, collaboration, and reflection.

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This proposes a hypothetical as a basis for practicing the research process steps and encourages students and instructors to contribute other hypotheticals. The text also includes sample assignments, demonstration videos, and discussion and reflection questions, with opportunities for students and instructors to contribute additional questions. This text uses an approach that emphasizes student reflection on the development of research skills, with the benefit of repeated and consistent formative feedback.

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Megan Austin specializes in legal research and analysis, legal instruction and pedagogy.  At the Jaqua Law Library, she is the law instruction librarian.  She is also a member of the Undergraduate Advisory Committee and the Social Activism ARC Workgroup. Prior to coming to the University of Oregon, Megan was a Library Fellow at the University of Arizona College of Law, Cracchiolo Law Library and taught legal research and writing in the Master of Legal Studies and Undergraduate Law programs. Megan received her B.A. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and her J.D. and M.A. from the University of Arizona.

For more information about Megan, please see her UO Libraries faculty page.

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Science and Comics Initiative

All Rights Reserved   English

Author(s): Tien-Tien Yu, Kate Kelp-Stebbins, Luca Mazzucato, Audra McNamee, Chloe Damommio, Jayson Paulose, Rose Gibian, Tim Cohen, Nina Gomez, Kate Mills, Madison Ellis, John Toner, Radio Plantenberg, Ben McMorran, Margaret Kyser, Mike Raymer, Samantha Cohen, Robert Schofield, Anja Bedrick, David Allcock, Page Biersdorff, Laura Jeanty, Ellyce Whiteman, Rebecca Frederick, John H. Postlethwait, Thomas Desvignes, Mary Hubbert, Isabel Lopez, Scott Fisher

Subject(s): Comic book and cartoon artwork, The Arts, Mathematics and Science, Science: general issues, Popular science, Neurosciences

Institution(s): University of Oregon

Last updated: 12/06/2024

Founded by physics professor Tien-Tien Yu and comics and cartoon studies professor Kate Kelp-Stebbins, the University of Oregon Science and Comics Initiative unites two growing areas at the University of Oregon: Comics & Cartoon Studies and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). The initiative brings together faculty, students, and researchers from numerous departments, programs, and campus facilities to produce scholarship that utilizes both humanistic and scientific research practices. Comics Studies students work with UO scientists to produce compelling and visually engaging comics based on the research of the scientists. This book is a collection of the finished comics created by an undergraduate, researcher pair.
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Conocimientos Ancestrales

All Rights Reserved   English

Author(s): Alaí Reyes-Santos, Ana-Maurine Lara

Editor(s): Darío Tejeda

Subject(s): Indigenous, ethnic and folk religions and spiritual beliefs

Institution(s): University of Oregon

Publisher: Editora Búho, S.R.L.

Last updated: 03/06/2024

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Pay for Play: How the Music Industry Works, Where the Money Goes, and Why

CC BY-NC-SA (Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike)   English

Author(s): Larry Wayte

Subject(s): History of music, Music, Popular music, Music industry

Institution(s): University of Oregon

Last updated: 07/05/2024

I have organized this book in four parts, each of which is divided into multiple chapters. The first part concerns the history and structure of the music industry. Understanding the music industry as it exists today requires an understanding of how it developed over time. Today’s music industry would most certainly not be the one anybody would design from scratch. It has many inefficiencies and quirks that reflect the economic pressures and musical concerns of bygone ages.

The second part of the book provides an overview of copyright law and the ways it interacts with music. Nearly every aspect of the music industry is thoroughly infused with the reward structure governed by copyright law. Nearly every dollar that flows from consumer to artist in the music industry is parsed out, divided, and contested in accordance with the system of rights and obligations the flow from copyright protections. One could even make a convincing argument that the very form of popular music (length of songs, cyclical structures, prevalence of cover songs, etc.) is highly influenced by the reward structure imposed by copyright law.

The third and fourth parts of the book deal with the issues surrounding infringement of copyrights. One of the fundamental and least understood aspects of music copyright is that there are two separate music copyrights: one involving the musical work (or “song”) and one that involving a recording of that musical work (often called the “master right”).

There are several aspects of the music industry that are not covered in depth in this book, and that is by design. The breadth and depth of this book is governed primarily by the purpose it is intended to serve — as a textbook for a 10-week undergraduate course. Additional breadth or depth would introduce material that I do not believe could be reasonably included in the course as I currently teach it. In my experience, there simply is not enough time to cover more material in that time than is in this text.

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Pressbooks @ UO

CC BY (Attribution)  4 H5P Activities    English

Author(s): Rayne Vieger, Allia Service

Subject(s): The Arts

Institution(s): University of Oregon

Last updated: 25/04/2024

This book accompanies UO's Pressbooks workshops. It features linked resources mentioned in the workshops, outlines and examples. Each 'part' corresponds to a workshop and contains examples of the tools and features we cover in that workshop. Advanced workshop attendees will have the opportunity to edit their own chapters of this book.
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Ecology of Place

CC BY-NC-SA (Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike)   English

Author(s): Ana Zalyubovskiy

Editor(s): Ana Zalyubovskiy

Subject(s): Writing and editing guides, English

Publisher: Openoregon Pressbooks

Last updated: 31/12/2023

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Advanced Legal Research: Process and Practice

CC BY (Attribution)   English

Author(s): Megan Austin

Editor(s): Allia Service

Subject(s): Legal profession / practice of law: general

Institution(s): University of Oregon

Last updated: 14/12/2023

Written for students and instructors in an advanced legal research course, this book uses the steps of the legal research process to facilitate skills practice, collaboration, and reflection. It proposes a hypothetical as a basis for practicing the research process steps and encourages students and instructors to contribute other hypotheticals. The text also includes sample assignments, demonstration videos, and discussion and reflection questions, with opportunities for students and instructors to contribute additional questions. This text uses an approach that emphasizes student reflection on the development of research skills, with the benefit of repeated and consistent formative feedback.
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Science and Culture: Readings for Writers

CC BY-NC-SA (Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike)   English

Author(s): Jenée Wilde, Stephen Rust

Editor(s): Jenée Wilde, Stephen Rust

Subject(s): Writing and editing guides

Institution(s): University of Oregon

Last updated: 06/12/2023

Science and Culture is a resource intended for college and secondary students to engage with scientific concepts, facts, and history as they relate to society in the United States and globally. The multimodality, diversity of voices, and range of topics should appeal to anyone interested in exploring these particular knowledge debates across natural and social sciences, humanities, and creative arts. The themes in this volume have been cultivated to engage readers not merely as receptors of information but as active participants in this ongoing process of knowledge building.
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Introduction to Arabic: Egyptian Arabic for first-year students

CC BY-NC (Attribution NonCommercial)  83 H5P Activities    English

Author(s): Amira Ghazy, Abdulrahman Eissa, Hanan Elsherif, David Hollenberg, Benjamin Loy, Kerlos Rizk

Subject(s): Language teaching and learning material and coursework, Arabic

Institution(s): University of Oregon

Last updated: 23/10/2023

This book presents materials for mastering the Arabic alphabet and the student's first steps in Egyptian Arabic.
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Introduction to the Nonprofit Sector

CC BY-NC (Attribution NonCommercial)   English

Author(s): Dyana P. Mason

Subject(s): Non-profitmaking organizations

Institution(s): University of Oregon

Last updated: 19/07/2023

Nonprofit organizations are on the front lines in communities, providing an important foundation for the social safety net in the United States and around the world.  They also provide places where people can gather, share ideas and build community.  They often accomplish amazing feats with few resources.   This book was designed to be used in an undergraduate-level introductory course in the nonprofit sector.   It provides an overview of the vocabulary used in defining the work of nonprofit organizations, topics of interest to nonprofit managers,  and describes the primary roles nonprofits play in American (and to a lesser extent international) communities.  The book also considers the growing numbers and influence of social enterprises and other “social innovation” organizations. Throughout, it brings in leading themes of accountability, ethics and obligations facing many nonprofit organizations as they go about their work – challenges that should be well understood by anyone interested in becoming a leader in the nonprofit sector.

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Writing as Inquiry

CC BY-NC-SA (Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike)   English

Author(s): Kara Clevinger, Stephen Rust

Subject(s): Writing and editing guides

Institution(s): University of Oregon

Last updated: 19/07/2023

Welcome to our creative commons OER (open educational resource) for Writing 121 at the University of Oregon. This resource is designed for students to be a zero-cost, high-quality guide to academic writing, with the goal of preparing you for success in college and beyond.