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Legal Research: Finding books

Basic guide to finding legal information

Tips for Finding Books

Types of Searches


  • Combine terms using AND.
  • This search returns records that contain words that match exactly what you typed in.
  • This is often (but not always) the best place to start.


  • Catalog uses pre-defined subjects. 
  • This type of search works well if you are browsing for a particular subject that you know or a broad term. So if you aren't finding anything, switch to the keyword search instead.
  • Subjects are arranged using the Library of Congress Classification system.


  • Author searches are for looking for items a particular person has authored or written.
  • The library catalog works best if you type in searches in the format "Lastname, Firstname."
  • If you want books about a person, search for their name by subject.


  • Use this search if you know the title of the material that you want.

Locating books and other materials in the Alkek Library

  • Call Numbers will guide you to the location of physical items within the library.  Most of the legal materials are on the 6th floor. 
  • Here's a breakdown of the call numbers for various areas of law (note:  Texas State does not have materials in every area)-

K -- LAW in general. Comparative and uniform law. Jurisprudence

  • KB - Religious law in general. Comparative religious law. Jurisprudence
  • KBM - Jewish law
  • KBP - Islamic law
  • KBR - History of canon law
  • KBU - Law of the Roman Catholic Church. The Holy See
  • KD-KDK United Kingdom and Ireland
  • KDZ - America. North America
  • KE - Canada
  • KF - United States
  • KFT Texas Law
  • KG - Latin America - Mexico and Central America - West Indies. Caribbean area
  • KH - South America
  • KJ-KKZ - Europe
  • KL-KWX - Asia and Eurasia, Africa, Pacific Area, and Antarctica
  • KZ - Law of nations