NOW ONLINE! Historical Texas Statutes 1879-1960

Historical Texas statutes from 1879 through 1960 are now online. The statutes can be accessed online through the Law Library’s website at http://www.law.ttu.edu/lawlibrary/InternetResources.php. Follow the steps as noted on the screenshot below.  The volumes can be read online or downloaded in PDF format. If you have any questions, please contact the Law Library.

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Make an Appointment with a Law Librarian!

calendarAttention Law Faculty and Law Students. Need help with your legal research or finding an appropriate research topic?  Then make an appointment with a law librarian!  While you are always welcome to stop by the Reference/Circulation Desk during regular Help Desk hours, the law librarians also encourage you to schedule an individual appointment that best accommodates your schedule to provide personalized assistance.

Faculty and law students can request an appointment with a law librarian by e-mailing reference.law@ttu.edu or calling tel:1-806-742-7155. Please be sure to include information on your topic or assignment so we can prepare before we meet. A law librarian will contact you to confirm your appointment.

Need Help with a Research Assignment? Chat With A Librarian!

Ask a Librarian

Are you having trouble formulating a research strategy? Not sure what resources to use? Wondering what are the reference or circulation desk hours? Cannot find the document needed?

You can get real-time help regardless of location—at home, on campus, at a favorite coffee shop, or in a study room.

To access a chat session: Go to the “Ask a Librarian” on the Library’s website and type in your question in the Chat box. A research librarian will help you.

Chat Hours:

Monday- Thursday, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Links and Sources to U.S. Court Opinions Now in One Place

2015-11-06_16-07-25The Federal Law Librarians Special Interest Section of the Law Librarians’ Society of Washington, D.C., Inc., a chapter of the American Association of Law Libraries, recently made available its webpage, “Quick Links and Sources to U.S. Court Opinions”. This site provides links to major sources for U.S. Court opinions including sites for recent years, sites for recent and historical years, and subscription sites. It also presents direct links to court opinion sites of U.S. courts of appeals and specific U.S. courts such as the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, Federal Claims, International Trade, Tax Court, and Veterans Claims.

May Loislaw Rest in Peace

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Fastcase has acquired Loislaw from Wolters Kluwer (think Aspen Publishers), effective November 30, 2015 when Loislaw permanently shuts down. One of Loislaw’s key features has been access to Wolters Kluwer’s library of some 125 treatises in areas of law such as bankruptcy, business, employment, insurance, intellectual property, real estate and others. It appears that Fastcase subscribers will now gain access to the treatise collection. According to Fastcase, existing Loislaw subscribers will be grand-parented at current or better prices.

What is Link Rot and is it Really an Issue? What about in Texas?

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In an earlier post, Ms. Baker artfully noted that the U.S. Supreme Court has taken steps to address link rot. Link rot refers to the removal of or changes to the cited online materials, rendering the court’s citations unusable or unreliable, thereby minimizing the opinion’s precedential value. According to a recent study, 29% of the Internet citations in U.S. Supreme Court opinions between 1996 and 2011 were broken or no longer valid. A similar study of the Supreme Court of Texas found that about 40% of the Court’s Internet citations used during 1998 to 2011 no longer worked.

The U.S. Supreme Court has created a webpage with links to PDF images that capture the cited reference as it appeared at the time of citation. This is an acceptable method of addressing the link rot issue. Unfortunately, at this time, the Supreme Court of Texas has not taken equivalent measures to safeguard against link rot in its opinions.