Fall RA Training, Tuesday, September 30, at 12:30 pm

The Library is offering Research Assistant (RA) training on Tuesday, September 30, at 12:30pm, in Tarlton’s Computer Learning Center on the library’s third floor. All UT law students are welcome to attend. The training will benefit students who are working as faculty RAs, students who are interested in RA work, and students who just want a basic research refresher. Read more ›

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Thank you for attending Library Fest!

Library FestThe Tarlton Law Library would like to thank all of the students who participated in Library Fest. We had a great turnout and we enjoyed hosting you!

There were drawings for several prizes after the event, and we are pleased to announce the following winners:

$50 UT Co-op Gift Card:

  • Stephanie Corte

$10 Starbucks Gift Cards:

  • Lena Serhan
  • Ruochen Jing
  • Harris Wells

$10 Gift Certificate and Early Access to Library Book Sale:

  • Carl Guthrie
  • Junwook Kim

Congratulations to all of the winners! Please stop by the library’s front circulation desk to claim your prize.

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Trainings for 1L LRLW Memo Assignments

The library has arranged for legal research training sessions on Bloomberg, Lexis, and Westlaw to assist with 1L Legal Research and Legal Writing (LRLW) memo writing assignments.

These sessions will be held from Monday, September 22, through Friday, September 26. Please check the library’s calendar for 1Ls to see the time and place assigned for your LRLW section. Most trainings sessions will take place in the Library’s 3rd floor computer classroom (JON 3.22/3.223), however there are a couple of trainings sessions that are scheduled to take place outside the library. (For those two sessions taking place outside the library, students must bring their own laptops to follow along with the trainings.)

There are also two scheduled makeup sessions: Wednesday, September 24, at 1:00pm and Friday, September 26, at 2:30pm.

Good luck completing your memo assignments!

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New title at Tarlton about mass incarceration

Jonathan Simon. Mass Incarceration on Trial: A Remarkable Court Decision and the Future of Prisons in America. New York: The New Press, 2014. Read more ›

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Banned Books Week

Think for yourself and let others do the sameAre you a fan of the Hunger Games books? A Wrinkle in Time? To Kill A Mockingbird? Did you know that challenges have been made to ban these books from library shelves and classrooms?

The American Library Association (ALA)’s Banned Books Week (September 21 – 27, 2014) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. To get a sense of why your right to read is an ongoing concern, check out the top ten most challenged books from last year.

For even more, see the Tarlton Law Library’s resources on censorship in the United States.

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Celebrating Constitution Day


It was on September 17, 1787 that thirty-nine delegates signed the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia, making September 17 a day we commemorate annually as Constitution Day. Thanks to Google’s World Wonders Project, you can take a virtual tour of Independence Hall where the founders signed it.

The signing of the Constitution was indeed an important milestone, but having September 17 as Constitution Day gives short shrift to the fierce debates that then broke out over whether the states should actually ratify it.

Fortunately, the Tarlton Law Library has a plethora of sources to give you the full story. Try out any of the various historical overviews, like the recent Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution by Richard Beeman; reference works like the Encyclopedia of the American Constitution; or anthologies of sources behind the drafting like The Founders’ Constitution.

For more research resources, check out the library’s research guide on Drafting of the U.S. Constitution & Bill of Rights.

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