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Texas Legal Research: Getting Started


Due to Texas' proximity to Oklahoma and the fact that many graduates of Oklahoma City University School of Law practice in Texas, having some familiarity with Texas legal research can be quite useful. The purpose of this LibGuide is to give a brief overview of Texas legal resources and outline the print and electronic resources available.  Please note that this list is not all-inclusive and is not meant as legal advice.

History and Context

Texas has a long and colorful past.  Texas was a part of the Spanish (and briefly French) colonial empire, governed by Mexico, became an independent republic, joined the United States, left the United States for the Confederacy, and rejoined the United States after the Civil War.  For an interesting overview of the history of Texas law, see Michael Ariens, Lone Star Law (Texas Tech University Press: Lubbock) 2011.  This title is located at KFT 1278 .A75 2011 in the general collection of the Chickasaw Nation Law Library.

Research Guides and LibGuides

In addition to the LibGuides from the Chickasaw Nation Law Library, there are a variety of LibGuides and research guides from other schools that focus on Texas legal research.

The University of Texas' Tarlton Law Library has a LibGuide to help patrons with researching Texas law.

Baylor Law Library has a list of Texas legal resources and links to various Texas state government sources.

Texas A&M's Dee J. Kelly Law Library has several LibGuides on various aspects of Texas legal research.

The University of Houston's O'Quinn Law Library has research guides on Texas Legal Ethics and Texas Legislative History Research.

The Fred Parks Law Library of the South Texas College of Law has several Texas-specific LibGuides.

The Underwood Law Library at the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University has LibGuides on topics from Texas child support laws to Texas small claims court. 




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