Studying for exams

It’s that time of year again, and exams are right around the corner. But have no fear, the Library is here to help.

One of our most popular resources, and one that you may find particularly helpful in these next few weeks, are our previous exams. These can be found in print in the Hyder Popular Reading Room on the second floor of the library and online. (Though there is a great deal of overlap, you may find some exams in one place and not the other.)

You may also find our exam prep guides helpful as you start to prepare. These guides can help you with exam strategy and avoiding some of the common pitfalls students make. One of my favorite titles – and one that you might find helpful even at this late date because of its brevity – is Law School Exams: A Guide to Better Grades, by Alex Schimel.

Lastly, you may also want to reserve a conference room for your study group as the library gets busier. Each student can reserve a conference room for two hours per week. You can do that online right here.

As always, feel free to contact the reference librarians with any questions. Good luck on your exams!

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New title at Tarlton about free speech

Jonathan Rauch. Kindly Inquisitors: The New Attacks on Free Thought. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 2013. Read more ›

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DVD of the Week: The Andersonville Trial

The Andersonville Trial jacket image

The Andersonville Trial

This post-civil war court martial drama, directed by George C. Scott and starring William Shatner as the lead prosecutor, focuses on the trial of a Confederate officer who ran the notorious prisoner of war camp in Andersonville, Georgia, where over 14,000 Union prisoners died from disease, starvation, and neglect. The defendant, Captain Henry Wirz, justified his actions with a plea that he was only following orders. He believed he was relieved of any personal responsibility because he was performing his duty. The Army prosecutor contends, however, that moral men must rebel against barbaric or inhumane orders “even if they are within the framework imposed by military discipline.”

– from DVD jacket

Tarlton’s Law in Popular Culture collection (LPOP) is always growing with the addition of new titles, including feature films and television series on DVD. We’re spreading the word by featuring selected titles here on our blog. LPOP videos and DVDs are exclusively available to the UT law school community, i.e. students, staff and faculty, for three day loan. Enjoy!

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CALI Lessons

With final exams approaching, many of you may want to start taking advantage of CALI lessons to help you prepare for your exams. Here’s how you can set up a CALI account.


First, stop by the reference or circulation desks to obtain an authorization code for CALI. Once you have this code, go to and, on the right side of the screen, click the link for “Create a New Account”. Complete the registration process, which will require you to create your own username and password, in addition to entering your CALI authorization code.

Once you have registered with CALI, you will have full access to all of their resources, and you can search for lessons in a variety of ways including by topic and by casebook.

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New title at Tarlton about social organization

Mark Stuart Weiner. The Rule of the Clan: What an Ancient Form of Social Organization Reveals About the Future of Individual Freedom. New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013. Read more ›

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Thanks for participating in the Tarlton survey!

Our thanks to the students who participated in this year’s survey! We take this feedback seriously, and the responses will help us improve Library resources and services for students. Congratulations to Elena Esparza, the winner of the University Co-op gift card.

View the survey results here.

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