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Texas Legal Resources at Tarlton

A guide to finding Texas law in the Tarlton Law Library.

Practice Guides Overview

Written with practitioners in mind, these sources provide procedural information as well as forms to guide the attorney. As with other secondary sources, do not cite to this material. The titles listed below include commonly used resources, treatises, and form books. Practice guides and treatises also frequently include forms. 

Form books are listed both by publisher and in the Form Books section. 

Texas print secondary sources are located on the 2nd floor at Tarlton. Most resources are in the 2nd floor Reading Room, while some popular resources are behind the Circulation Desk on reserve. 

This page is generally organized by publisher, including Lexis, West, West's McClure's O'Connor's Series, and the State Bar of Texas. For a subject organization of these resources, see the Practice Guides & Form Books by Subject page. 

Electronic Access

Tarlton's Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg subscriptions are limited to faculty, students, and staff.

The Texas State Law Library provides free, off-site online access to Texas secondary sources. For more information about free online Texas resources, visit the Tarlton guide, Texas Legal Research: Free Online Resources.

Lexis Titles

Electronic-Only Resources

West Titles

Thomson West publishes various practitioner materials on Texas law. Besides the few titles listed immediately below are West's Texas Practice Series and West's Texas Practice Guides.

Electronic-Only Resources

West's Texas Practice Guides

West's Texas Practice Guides - serve as practical instruction and advice for Texas attorneys on practice and procedure in areas of law step-by-step analysis forms, checklists and practice tips. They contain citations to leading and most recent case law. These Guides are located on the Second Floor and on Reserve. 

West's Texas Practice Series

West's Texas Practice Series is a set of volumes written by a variety of different authors. Each author attempts to explain the “black letter” law in Texas on his or her particular topic. For example, Professor Robert Hamilton penned the volumes on business law in Texas. Professors Goode, Wellborn, and Sharlot wrote the volumes discussing the rules of evidence in Texas. 

O'Connor's Series

Besides practice guides, O'Connor's also publishes a selected number of Texas annotated codes; O'Connor's Texas form books are noted here and in the Form Books section.

At Tarlton, the most recent two editions of O'Connor's Texas materials are on Reserve; older editions are in the closed stacks. 

Electronic-Only Resources

State Bar of Texas Titles

Teams of attorney editors produce these materials in collaboration with volunteer committees composed of experts in various practice areas.

James Publishing Titles

Electronic-Only Resources

Form Books

Form books - provide examples of different forms for filing before a court. In addition, many practice materials include sample forms.

Practice guides and treatises also frequently include forms. Consult the above resources for additional forms. 

Electronic-Only Resources