New Student Library Orientation: Legal Research

This guide is designed to help new students through the first few weeks at UNMSOL by introducing them to the Law Library's resources, services, and policies.

Reference Desk

In-person Reference Assistance

The Reference Desk staff can assist you with your legal research, including locating the right citation, database, or book; creating research plans; and learning how to use online or print research resources. Stop by the Reference Desk located at the entry to the Law Library during regular business hours.

Virtual Reference Assistance

Reference number: (505) 277-0935

Research Consultations

Apart from regular "walk-in" reference assistance, the Library also offer research consultations. Consultations can be scheduled with any of our librarians. To personalize your consultation, we encourage you to list your research questions when you schedule your meeting. Whether you are working on a seminar paper or law journal note, preparing for your summer job, or having trouble keeping up with the course work, we will be happy to help you through individual consultations. 

To schedule a research consultation, you can contact the reference librarian directly. If you don't know which librarian to contact, send an email to Alexandra Siek.

Print Collection

Step 1: Start your research by searching the library catalog.

Step 2: On the catalog record page, find the call number and location of that item.

Step 3: Use the Library Floorplan to locate the item in its designated location.

Step 4: Bring the item to the Circulation Desk for checking out. We will make sure the item is one that circulates and tell you its loan period.

Electronic Resources Quick Links

You activated your log-ins during Orientation; be sure to have them available.

Electronic Resources

In addition to the Quick Links, the Library offers a number of electronic resources for the purposes of legal research. They can be found on the Electronic Resources tab of the Library's webpage. Most of these resources can be accessed with your student login.

Law Library Website

Additional information about the Law Library is available on the UNM Law Library website.

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