Introduction to the Guide
This guide was initially put together as a project of two advanced legal research courses taught by the Tarlton Law Library in 2011.
This guide provides a general overview of the resources one uses in conducting legal research, laid out in the rough order in which one uses them - start with secondary sources before moving on to primary sources.
Generally each page within this guide includes:
- a description of what a resource is,
- when and how to use it,
- and its strengths and weaknesses compared to other similar resources.
Legal research is not strictly a linear endeavor; oftentimes one will want to circle back to resources for a second go round once there is more information in hand. Selected free resources are noted where appropriate as, no matter the stage of research, it can be helpful to explore free versions of legal resources before moving on to licensed databases.
This guide is not comprehensive. For those seeking a more thorough overview of the legal research process, please consult such works as Kent Olson's Principles of Legal Research.
Please note, access to certain databases linked in this guide may be restricted to UT Law or the UT community; please see the library's Databases page that lays out access privileges.