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Political Science/Law Resources

Research guide featuring tools commonly needed for political science and law, or legal, research.

Texas Legal Tools

 Texas Codes and Regulations

Texas Constitution
Current constitution with amendments incorporated. Browseable or searchable. Includes index.


Vernon's Texas Statutes
See Westlaw (ask librarian for password)
Current laws of the state of Texas organized by broad subject. Useful annotation contain historical information, references to other legal materials, and notes of decision (court cases affecting interpretation). See also non-annotated Web version
Texas Legislature Online
Starting point for anything related to the Texas House, Texas Senate, or legislation. Covers bills from the 71st (1989) to current legislature. Includes a wealth of bill information including text, analysis, legislative actions, fiscal notes, etc.


Texas Administrative Code
Compilation of agency regulatory law (rules) for the state of Texas
Texas Register (via University of North Texas)

Weekly publication that updates the Texas Administrative Code. Can be browsed or keyword searched from 1991-present. Use this for the latest notices, rules, and updates affecting the TAC. Latest issue is available first on the Texas Secretary of State site.