Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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.