Primary authority is the law and is the heart of your analysis.
Secondary sources and finding tools are the most likely place to start your research. Their role is:
Citators (KeyCite & Shepards) allow you to be sure you are aware of the most current statements of the law and that you know how the primary authority you are relying upon has been subsequently treated.
Self-study options include legal research textbooks (both print and electronic) and the UNM Law Library's recorded screencast Summer Research Series (UNM Law intranet login required).
The path you choose depends on the situation:
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