Spring 2016 Course Offerings

The Tarlton Law Library will be offering four different legal research courses for the spring 2016 semester:

These are all short professional skills courses for one pass/fail credit to help prepare you for practice. Read more ›

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First Monday in October: US Supreme Court 2015 Term

Supreme CourtThis year the U.S. Supreme Court‘s new term begins October 5, as it traditionally does on the first Monday in October. Two cases on the Court’s docket have a Texas connection:

Visit SCOTUSblog to subscribe for email updates on these or any other cases of interest. Tarlton also has its own research guide on the Fisher case that is a one stop shop of court documents, along with news and scholarly articles on the litigation.

Why is the Court’s calendar built around the first Monday in October? It dates back to the legal calendar used in medieval England, in which the law courts’ sittings were divided into four terms:

  • Michaelmas term (from October to December),
  • Hilary term (from January to April),
  • Easter term (from April to May), and
  • Trinity term (from June to July).

Even though the United States had a revolution to become independent of England’s rule, the start of the U.S. Supreme Court term reflects the country’s legal origins in English common law.

For more on the U.S. Supreme Court, check out Tarlton’s research guide on the Court.

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Banned Books Week

Think for yourself and let others do the sameAre you a fan of The Kite Runner? 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 27 – October 3, 2015) 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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New title at Tarlton about the slave ship Antelope

Jonathan M. Bryant. Dark Places of the Earth: The Voyage of the Slave Ship Antelope. New York: Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company, 2015. Read more ›

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Thank you for attending LibraryFest!

LibraryFestThe Tarlton Law Library would like to thank all of the students who participated in LibraryFest. 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:

  • Cara Shaffer

$10 Starbucks Gift Card:

  • Camie Carlock
  • Ixchel Parr
  • Mackenzie Ridgle

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

  • Jessica Cisneros
  • Zhanna Makash

$50 Visa Gift Card, courtesy of Lexis:

  • Rosann Mariapurrum
  • Lauren Davis

$100 Visa Gift Card, courtesy of Lexis:

  • Ryan Phipps

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

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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 such as The Founders’ Constitution.

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

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