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MSL Introduction to Legal Research: Home

Legal research assistance for MSL students writing seminar papers.

Researching at UNM

What's in this Guide

This guide is a starting point for students in the Master of Studies in Law at UNM who are researching in support of a scholarly paper. If you have any questions, please contact the Law Library reference desk at (505) 277-0935 or at

  • Legal Research Process: Creating a research strategy that fits your question.
  • Databases: A brief introduction to the most important research tools.
  • Secondary Sources: Sources that comment on, summarize, and analyze the law. Invaluable to scholarly research.
  • Statutes: Identifying relevant law from the legislative branch of government.
  • Regulations & Administrative Decisions: Identifying relevant law from the executive branch of government.
  • Cases: Identifying relevant law from the judicial branch of government.
  • Citators: Reveals the subsequent treatment of the law you are relying upon.
  • Legal Citation: Introduction to Bluebook, the citation format guide for the field of law.

Additional Research Guides

Other resources you might find helpful.

  • Finding Journal Articles A research guide that provides sources for finding law review and journal articles on legal topics.
  • UNM Law Library Summer Research Series Videos - A series of short videos designed to assist students called upon to engage in research at work during the summer after their 1L year. Topics include: Keyword and Boolean Searching Case Law; Finding Case Law with ALRs, Codes & Digests; Citators; State Enacted Law; Online Searching and Website Evaluation, etc.





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