The library's collection includes many titles that can help attorneys and legal practitioners manage their law practice. Below we highlight some of these library materials. These are available as e-books to library patrons or as print items that can be used at the library in Austin. If you cannot visit the library in person, we offer a fee-based document delivery service for brief excerpts of library materials.
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» Legal Research
Basic legal research : Tools and strategies
By Sloan, Amy E. Aspen Publishers. 3rd ed. c2006.
"This text seeks to provide students not only with the bibliographic skills to locate the legal authorities necessary to resolve a research issue, but also an understanding of research process that is an integral component of students' training in problem-solving skills." - preface
KF 240 S58
Guide to international legal research, 2009
LexisNexis Matthew Bender. c2009.
"The Guide to International Legal Research is an authoritative and comprehensive reference tool for law students and practitioners. Authored annually by the George Washington International Law Review, the Guide is designed to assist both novices and professionals with their international legal research." - from the publisher
KF 4581 G85
Legal research : How to find & understand the law
By Elias, Stephen. Nolo. 18th edition. 2018.
Nolo's Legal Research instructs readers in research methods with plain-English explanations and examples. Readers will learn how to read and understand statutes, regulations, and cases, evaluate precedent, and practice their skills with a series of exercises and hypotheticals.
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The legal research dictionary : From advance sheets to pocket parts
By Fox, Elyse H. Legal Information Services. [Revised] 2nd ed. c2006.
"Find the definitions you need of hundreds of terms used in legal research and bibliography. Dictionary coverage includes the judicial, legislative and executive branches of federal, state, and local government. Multiple cross-references are provided to related terms." - from the publisher
KF 240 F69
Navigating legal research & technology : Quick reference guide to the 1,500 most common questions about traditional and online legal research
By Fishman, Joel. Bridge Pub. Group. 2010.
"Legal research has changed dramatically in the past 20 years, first with the development of electronic legal research using Lexis and Westlaw and then with the introduction of the internet which has forever changed the traditional manual approach to legal research into a hybrid of both manual and electronic legal research. Drawing from nearly 50 years of combined teaching experience the authors have compiled this unique and valuable work with an approach that differs from most other methods of legal research instruction. In it they have reversed the typical instruction model into a question-answer model that will greatly benefit a large cross-section of researchers from a multitude of disciplines. In a simple-to-use, efficient reference guide this work provides answers to basic legal research questions as well as definitions of many legal terms." - from the publisher
KF 240 F585
Reading law : The interpretation of legal texts
By Scalia, Antonin. Thomson/West. c2012.
"In this groundbreaking book, Scalia and Garner systematically explain all the most important principles of constitutional, statutory, and contractual interpretation in an engaging and informative style - with hundreds of illustrations from actual cases. Is a burrito a sandwich? Is a corporation entitled to personal privacy? If you trade a gun for drugs, are you 'using a gun' in a drug transaction? The authors grapple with these and dozens of equally curious questions while explaining the most principled, lucid, and reliable techniques for deriving meaning from authoritative texts. Meanwhile, the book takes up some of the most controversial issues in modern jurisprudence. The authors write with a well-argued point of view that is definitive yet nuanced, straightforward yet sophisticated." - from the publisher
KF 380 S33
Researching Texas law
By Quarles, Brandon D. William S. Hein & Co. 3rd ed. 2012.
"A manual for legal research in Texas focusing on those types of resources and research processes commonly encountered by modern-day practitioners. It covers not only case law, statutes and administrative research, but also jury instructions, briefs and records, civil jury verdicts and settlements, and attorney general opinions." - from the publisher
KFT 240 Q37
Specialized topics in Texas legal research
By Cordon, Matthew C. W.S. Hein. 2005.
KFT 240 C67
Texas legal research : An essential lawyering skill
By Brandt, Lydia M. V. Texas Lawyer Press. c1995.
KFT 240 B7
Texas legal research
By Simons, Spencer L. Carolina Academic Press. Second Edition. c2016.
"The book begins by explaining the nature and types of legal authority. The process of legal research and control of legal research projects are described in the first chapter, with an emphasis on the integral nature of legal research and legal analysis. These concepts are revisited and reinforced throughout the book. The second chapter explains basic principles underlying legal research, factors to consider in choosing whether to search online or in print, and techniques to add power and precision to legal research. Since students often use online research tools from the beginning of their studies, the second chapter also introduces online searching techniques and principles. Research using print and online resources is explained for each type of legal resource throughout the book." - publisher's description
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