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Historical Texas Statutes and Constitutions

This legal research guide provides information on both official and unofficial codified laws, session laws, statutory revisions, and the constitutions.

Official Codified Laws

Official codifications are compilations of the laws in force, arranged in a systematic way, and approved by the Texas Legislature. These state-approved codifications first began to be published in 1856. Request at the front desk.

Legal Research Guides from the Texas State Law Library

The Texas State Law Library reference librarians have compiled legal research guides for specific areas of the law. These guides contain resources that can help you research a legal issue. The American Association of Law Libraries has a guide for Non-Lawyers on How to Research a Legal Problem [PDF]. If you have any questions, please contact us at (512) 463-1722 or at


The information provided on this page has been prepared for general information purposes only and should not be construed as, nor substituted for, legal advice. It is strongly recommended that you contact an attorney for advice specific to your fact situation. Your local bar association or the State Bar of Texas Lawyer Referral Information Service (1-800-252-9690) can assist you with locating an attorney.

Some of the electronic resources we refer to in this guide may be in PDF format. Adobe Reader or similar software is required to view PDFs.