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LGLA 1303 - Legal Research Term Project

Research Guide for LGLA 1303 Legal Research Term Project assignment

Legal Encyclopedias

Legal encyclopedias provide introductions to legal topics, explain relevant terms, and provide citations to relevant primary law and cases. 

American Jurisprudence


American Jurisprudence 2d 

American Jurisprudence is a national legal encyclopedia that summarizes the broad principles of U.S. law and provides citations to cases, statutes, and rules. 

Access online via Westlaw


Print location:

Legal Reference 

KF 154 .A42





Texas Jurisprudence


Texas Jurisprudence 3d 

Texas Jurisprudence is the Texas state equivalent of the national legal encyclopedia.

Access online via Westlaw


Print location:

Legal Reference 

KFT 1265 .T49

PLEASE NOTE: The print series available in the Library are no longer being updated and are for Teaching Purposes Only. For the latest information, see Westlaw.

Jurisprudences in Westlaw

Both American Jurisprudence and Texas Jurisprudence  are available full-text in Westlaw.

To find your topic in one of the legal encyclopedias on Westlaw:

  1. On the Westlaw homepage, click on Secondary Sources in the browse box. 

Westlaw Browse for Secondary Sources

  1. Then, click on Jurisprudences & Encyclopedias.

Westlaw Secondary Sources page with "Jurisprudences & Encyclopedias" circled​​​​​​​

  1. Locate the relevant title and click on it.
  2. This opens up that encyclopedia. From here, you can either use the Table of Contents to browse to your topic or use the search box to search for your topic within the encyclopedia.

Finding Secondary Sources in Westlaw

The Assignment

Item: Texas Jurisprudence & American Jurisprudence


"Choose a section from both Tex Jur and Am Jur. that relate to your topic and include it. Choose one case from either Tex Jur or Am Jur and write a two page summary of that case using the IRAC format."

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Only currently registered Lone Star paralegal students can access Westlaw. Current paralegal students will receive an email to their MyLoneStar student email from Thomson Reuters with details on how to activate their personal account. For problems with this, please contact the Paralegal department.