History/Social Sciences has a vast array of law resources in its collection. Our collection includes books and magazines. Whether you are looking for in-depth research or a legal form, we can help.
Some questions to consider:
- What kind of legal information am I looking for?
- Am I looking for cases or laws?
- Am I looking for current or historical information?
- Am I looking for civil or criminal law?
While most of the time general terms will help you find what you need, there are a couple of instances where it pays to be specific in your search terms. Check out the “Narrow Your Search” box on the right side of the screen after you do your search. In addition, using these search terms in the Browse part of the catalog will let you start with you specific subject. Examples are listed below:
- Criminal procedure--United States--Popular works.
- Divorce--Law and legislation--United States--Popular works.
- Custody of children--United States.
- Small claims courts--United States--Popular works.
The call numbers below are the location tool for finding materials on the shelves. We have many more legal subjects, but these are the most popular.
- Law School: 940.07117
- Criminal Law: 345.764
- Family Law: 346.73017 and 346.76401
- Business Law: 346.73065
- Property Law: 346.73043 and 346.76404
- Bankruptcy: 346.73078
- Representing yourself in court: 347.73504
There are two ways to search for magazine articles, depending on when the article was published:
- Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature-articles published before 1985
- EbscoHost-articles published after 1985
The magazines listed below are a sample of the legal journals that History/Social Sciences carries. For more information about specific journals and how long we have carried them, please contact us.
- American Lawyer
- Texas Bar Journal
- Texas Law Review
- Texas Lawyer
- American Bar Association: http://www.abanet.org/ The primary assosciation for lawyers in the United States, and has a substantial amount of helpful legal information for the layperson at http://www.abalawinfo.org/
- Dallas Bar Association: http://www.dallasbar.org/ includes a list of Dallas Area free to low cost legal resources at http://www.dallasbar.org/public/legal-resources.asp
- Texas Bar Association: http://www.texasbar.com/am/template.cfm?section=home The primary web page for Texas lawyers. Includes information on law for the layman at http://www.texasbar.com/AM/Template.cfm?Section=Free_Legal_Information and details how to file a complaint against a lawyer
- Thomas: http://www.thomas.gov/ The Library of Congress’ portal for legislative information
- Congress.org: http://www.congress.org/ A great resource for finding information on current legislation and finding your representative
- Texas Legislature: http://www.legis.state.tx.us/ search the laws of the state of Texas
- FindLaw: http://www.findlaw.com/ A website that has a large amount of legal information for the layperson
- Yahoo: Law: http://dir.yahoo.com/Government/Law/?skw=law Yahoo’s directory of legal resources arranged by subject
Interesting web pages
- Martindale Hubble Legal directory: http://www.martindale.com/ Need to find a lawyer? Martindale Hubble has been the primary legal directory for 140 years and allows users to search for lawyers by location, firm, and type of law
- TexasLawHelp.org: http://www.texaslawhelp.org/TX/index.cfm a website with free legal forms
- Texas Lemon Law: http://www.txdmv.gov/protection/lemon_law.htm Is your car a lemon? Find out what your options are.
- Women’s Law: http://www.womenslaw.org/index.php Legal information and support for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Blogs and Podcasts