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General Online Resources
Introduction to Legal Research
- Legal research overview from the Texas State Law Library
- How to Research a Legal Problem: A Guide for Non-Lawyers from the American Association of Law Libraries
- An overview of laws and legal research from Nolo.com
- Google Scholar provides a database of state and federal case law with coverage for most courts from 1950.
- Texaslawhelp.org has free information and forms on a variety of topics including divorce, child custody, landlord-tenant issues, name changes, expunction, and non-disclosure and much more.
- The Texas State Law Library has many legal research guides on topics such as child custody, common law marriage, foreclosure, occupational licenses and payday loans. If you have a Texas State Law Library card, you can also use a number of their databases from home. More information on getting a library card can be found on the Texas State Law Library's website. The Texas State Law Library also has a resource for locating commonly requested legal forms and an Ask a Librarian feature.
The following are various links to resources available for use by residents of the state of Texas. Click on the image to the left or the underlined text to view more information on each resource.
- Texas Legal Service Center: A nonprofit organization that provides legal advice, advocacy, representation, and education to underserved people across the state.
- Lawyer Referral Service of Central Texas: Helps with those looking for a private practicing lawyer.
- Texas Justice Court Training Center (TJCTC): Provides downloadable Word documents of criminal and civil forms for use by court personnel and self-represented litigants.
- Texas Legislature Online: View the status of legislation, bills and amendments, current session information and information on the legislative process.
- Texas Constitution: Describes the structure and function of the Texas government.
- Texas Statutes: Current Texas statutes and historical statutes from 2004-present.
- Texas Administrative Code: State agency rules and the Texas Register.
- Legislative Reference Library of Texas: Pre-1973 legislation, House and Senate Journals, amendments to the Texas Constitution, legislative reports, state budgets, gubernatorial documents, vetoed bills and more.
- Texas Attorney General Opinions: Opinions from 1939-present, letter opinions from January 21, 1953-present and open records decisions from July 20, 1973-present.
- Texas Courts: The official website of the Texas Judicial Branch with information on the Texas court system and opinions from Texas appellate courts.
- Texas Court Rules and Standards: State and local court rules and standards.
- Texas Judgment Rates: Current and historical judgment interest rates from the Texas Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner.
- Municipal Laws and Ordinances: Ordinances enacted by local governments, note not every local government provides online access to their ordinances.
- Building Codes: Links to some of the codes that have been adopted in the Texas statutes and the Texas Administrative Code.
- Texas.gov: The official website for the State of Texas with information on vehicle registration and drivers license renewals, ordering vital records, locating state agencies and services, accessing public records and more.
- State Bar of Texas: Lawyer directory, information on the grievance process, free legal information, disaster relief resources and more.
- Texas Young Lawyers Association: Resources and information on pro se appeals, how to sue in justice court, probate, traffic court and more.