Are you researching for a memo assignment for your 1L LRLW class? Make the most of your time working on your practice memo and talk to a law librarian about how your research is going. We may be able to suggest strategies or resources you haven’t thought of yet.
One resource that is probably new to you are Tarlton’s legal research guides. For instance, there are research guides on particular subjects like family law or for a particular jurisdiction like Texas.
The basic takeaway from any research guide is that it is good to start with secondary sources before moving on to primary sources. (Primary sources include statutes, regulations, and cases.) The main secondary sources to try are:
Here in Texas, we are fortunate to have a legal encyclopedia devoted to this single state, Texas Jurisprudence. By contrast, a treatise or practice guide provides a more narrow, but in-depth, overview of an area of law such as torts or contracts. Some treatises cover multiple jurisdictions, and Tarlton’s guide to Legal Treatises by Subject highlights many in our collection. There are also treatises and practice guides devoted to an area of law within a particular jurisdiction. Check out Tarlton’s guide to Texas Practice Guides & Form Books to see possibilities for Texas.
Keep in mind that when researching a new area of law, a study aid may be just what you need to feel more comfortable with the subject matter. And print may be more user-friendly than an online version, particularly for huge works like a legal encyclopedia or a set of statutes. In fact, some materials are only available in print, such as the popular O’Connor’s series from Jones McClure.
The Library’s annual book sale starts on Monday, September 29, at 8am, and will continue all week from 8am to 5pm. There are a variety of titles available for purchase, including study guides, case books, fiction, and more. Stop by and check out our selection!
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 ›
The 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:
$10 Starbucks Gift Cards:
$10 Gift Certificate and Early Access to Library Book Sale:
Congratulations to all of the winners! Please stop by the library’s front circulation desk to claim your prize.