Digital Collection

The library offers access to a wide variety of e-books and databases with legal information. Our e-book collection includes various practice guides, legal treatises, and self-help materials that can be borrowed and read in your Web browser or on an e-reader like a Kindle or an iPad. Our legal databases provide access to downloadable legal forms, case law, law review articles, and other legal information. Use the links on this page to access our e-books and legal databases.

You will need your library card number and have your library account in good standing in order to borrow e-books and access most of our legal databases. Don't have a library account? Texas residents can register for a library account from home! Learn more about how to register for a library account from home.

The titles below are available to you from home if you have a current library account with us. If you don't have a library account with us, Texas residents can register online. Learn more about how to register online.

Texas Titles

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    By Paul McClung. Published by James Publishing. 2000. 3rd edition.

    This recently revised title has been continually in print for 40 years and contains 650 pre-drafted instructions. Supporting legal analysis is included, along with quotations from statutes, discussion of common law, critiques of wayward decisions, and quick reference charts. This edition contains a new chapter on Criminal Instruments which includes topics relating to wire, oral, or electronic communications; the Property chapter has new data on the crime of online harassment.

General/Federal Titles

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    By Carol Anderson. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2012. 1st edition.

    "This book discusses the conscious and unconscious psychological factors that influence juror decision-making. Jurors inevitably rely on the same 'thinking tools' at trial that they use to solve problems and make decisions in their everyday lives, which makes it almost impossible for them to divorce instinct and emotion from decision-making. Their fight-or-flight reflexes are stimulated not only by predators but by information that makes them fear for their personal safety—even if the threatening information is something they merely imagine.

    Because self-preservation is a primal instinct, jurors tend to unconsciously respond by disregarding or altering the 'threatening' evidence. Information that conflicts with their personal beliefs and biases often elicits a similar response. Therefore, what jurors hear and remember about a case will inevitably be a reflection of who they are, what they value, and what their life experiences have been.

    Because jurors unconsciously weigh information in a hierarchical fashion, the 'hierarchy of juror decision-making' can serve as a blueprint for creating strategies to counteract the most common thinking errors that can skew jurors' perceptions of the case. This is a valuable weapon that should be in every trial lawyer's arsenal.

    The eBook versions of this title feature links to Lexis Advance for further legal research options." - from the publisher

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    By Ronald Eades. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. 2006. 2nd edition.

    "Jury Instructions in Real Estate Litigation, Second Edition, is Professor Eades’ newest title. It is a comprehensive collection of jury instructions related to issues most likely to arise in real estate litigation. This new edition includes hundreds of instructions, each with supporting authority from all 50 states, commentary regarding the use of the instruction, and collateral references such as pertinent law review articles. " - from the publisher

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    By Ronald Eades. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. 2004. 6th edition.

    This volume provides current instructions on the most recent medical issues. It covers more than 200 medical issues including standards of care, childbirth, patient consent, pre-existing conditions, and allergies. Legal concepts and issues are presented in sample instructions using understandable terms.

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    By Ronald Eades. Published by Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender. 2006. 4th edition.

    This updated volume explains the products liability issues likely to arise in a trial in everyday language for the layperson. Each instruction has been actually used successfully in court and cites supporting case law, including relevant law review articles and annotations to American Law Reports. Some concepts discussed include duty to warn, strict products liability, unavoidably unsafe products, warranty liability and misrepresentation, design defect liability, risk-utility doctrines, and assumption of risk.

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    By David M Malone. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2013. 2nd edition.

    "Jury Speech Rules: The Art of Ethical Persuasion, Second Edition shows trial lawyers that persuasive jury opening statements and closing arguments require imagination, story-telling skills, and a thorough knowledge of the legal and ethical rules that govern this important part of trial. Using famous historical cases and many useful examples, they demonstrate when things go wrong and when they are done right.

    Opening statements can present the important facts to the jury from the party's perspective, making the jurors receptive to the story that counsel intends to tell through the witnesses, documents, and visuals; well-constructed and well-delivered openings, which avoid improper argument, make an interesting introduction of the parties and the attorneys. Counsel can keep the other lawyer quiet by presenting an opening that provides no opportunity for interruption with objections. Closing arguments that can present inferences, arguments, and conclusions will help the jurors understand the significance of the facts that have been proven at trial; such arguments can explain the significance of expert testimony; they can point out logical errors in the opponents' stories; and they can win the jurors' by persuading them that the more interesting story--the more natural story, the story that fits their own experiences best--is the truthful story." - from the publisher

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    By Andrew Ferguson. Published by New York University Press. 2012.

    Jury duty these days is looked upon as an inconvenience. Ferguson attempts to remind readers of the constitutional importance of jury duty. This book assists readers in reflecting on the history and personal experiences, reminding readers of their democratic responsibility it is to uphold.

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    By Robert H Klonoff. Published by National Institute for Trial Advocacy. 2007. 3rd edition.

    "The Third Edition of Winning Jury Trials combines the same strong premise of its previous editions (evidence sponsorship) and the same strong theme (there is, in fact, a right way to teach trial skills) with many new features, including more detailed guidance on the critical questions of whether and when to impeach one's own witness with harmful material.

    This text, by Robert Klonoff and Paul Colby, takes a solid approach to evidence and focuses on issues such as:

    • Choosing witnesses
    • Introducing negative evidence
    • How to handle marginal evidence
    • Weaving the fundamental elements of your case into your evidence, for example, opening statements and cross-examination" - from the publisher

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