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Where to Begin: Legal Treatises
When researching an unfamiliar area of law, it is best to start your research with a secondary source such as a specialized legal treatise. In additional to introducing the researcher to the terminology and legal concepts of a specific area of law, secondary sources save the researcher time by pointing out and discussing the important cases, statutes and regulations that shape and govern that area of law.
Best search phrases to use in the UNM Law Library Catalog:
- Natural resources law
- Environmental law
- Conservation of natural resources
- Natural resources
Specialized topics can be searched, such as:
- Water Law
- Oil and Gas Law
You can combine any of these phrases with "law and legislation" to further refine your results.
Multiple useful treatises are highlighted in this guide to speed your research.
Books in the Law Library Collection: Natural Resources Law
Books in the Law Library Collection: Environmental Law
Clean Air Handbook by In addition to offering an introduction to the history and structure of the Clean Air Act, the most complex piece of environmental legislation ever enacted, this handbook examines the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) efforts to implement the Act.
Environmental Justice: A Legal Research Guide by The research guide introduces users to information relevant to legal issues pertinent to the pursuit of environmental justice. Besides the routinely taught primary law, it includes: relevant executive orders; relevant legislative history for bills that have passed and those that did not; statistics underlying laws on the subject matter; and routinely proposed regulations that are open for comment.
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