Finding Books, Electronic Books, Web Sites, and Audio-Visuals

Use the LSCS Library Catalog to find books, e-books, internet sites, and A/V materials on law and related fields. Our catalog searches over 2.5 million items housed at LSCS campuses, and the Harris County and Montgomery County libraries. You can access the catalog from the library computers or from home by going to our homepage. One of the easiest and most comprehensive ways to search is by “Keyword. This search will look for your “Keyword” anywhere in the title, author, and description.

Materials related to law are found in the following Library of Congress and Dewey Classification areas:  
Library of Congress System
 K  Law
 KF  Law of the United States
 KFT  Law of Texas
Dewey Decimal System                            
 341  International Law
 343  Military, Defense, public property, finance, tax, trade
 344  Labor, Social Service, Education, Cultural Law
 346  Private Law
 348  Laws, regulations, cases
 349  Laws of specific regions and jurisdictions


Finding Articles in Electronic Format - Using the Databases

To access the legal databases go to the library’s web page.

  1. Select Research Databases
  2. Search options from this page are shown and include Subject Categories, Find Databases by Title, and the A to Z Journal Locator.
  3. Click on the Criminal Justice & Law subject category.  The most useful databases will be listed along with additional suggestions.A second search strategy is possible if you know the name of the database.  Begin your search by clicking on the Find Databases by Title. One of the LSCS database for articles related to law is the Legal Collection. Clicking on the icon below will navigate the page to an alphabetical listing of databases for selection. Select Legal Collection to begin an article search in this legal database.
  4. Legal Collection is located in EBSCOhost. Upon entering EBSCOhost the user interface contains a search box for your search terms. Notice that various limits, including full-text and scholarly/peer reviewed articles, are possible with your initial search query.
  5. When search results appear you can view an article by clicking on HTML or PDF file.
  6. This library subscribes to over 650 law related magazines, newspapers, and journals. You can search for specific journals in the A-Z Journal Locator found on our homepage.   
  7. Articles can be printed, downloaded, or e-mailed and also be accessed from home or any computer that is connected to the Internet. If you are accessing the databases from off-campus, you will need the barcode from your library card. 

Web Sites

Texas Materials                             Texas State Law Library


Federal Materials

Official website for searching the U.S. Government

Full text of legislation, amendments, committee reports, bill summary and status.

House of Representatives Internet Law Library: federal law, law of states by subject. With links to state codes.

Federal Register


Key word search.

US Code

U.S. Code

Includes full text of US code. Access by key word search.

Statutes At Large

U.S. Statutes for the first 43 Congresses (1789-1875)

Code of Federal Regulations

National Archives and Records Administration site. Includes: Federal Register, Public Laws, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents, and more.

A browse-able front end to the CFR materials on the GPO Access site. May work a bit better; easier to navigate, and understand than the GPO site.

Federal Courts

Has links to US Supreme Ct., Ct. of appeals, District Ct. & Bankruptcy Ct. Sites. Includes information on court structure, electronic filings, history, etc.

U.S. Supreme court

Decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court; 1990 - present, current term, & selected cases; 1937- 1975, vol. 300-422 U.S. Reports

Search and view full text of Supreme Court Decisions issued since 1893

U.S. Court of Appeals

the Federal Courts links

U.S Court of Appeals 5th Circuit

the 5th Circuit


Other Starting Points


Legal research site for non-attorneys

Comprehensive research site

University of Michigan Federal Documents Center.

Law Library of Congress, International Legal and General Information.

National lawyer directory

Legal research on many U.S. topics

Hieros Gamos - International resources



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