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Library Resources for Michigan Law Students: Research Guides and FAQs

Don't Start From Scratch

A cardinal rule of legal research is to start with secondary sources. But before you even get to the secondary sources, you need to have a research strategy. The Law Library has created dozens of guides to help you get grounded in a particular topic, so you can start your research with confidence.

A Guide to Guides

Research Guides

Research Guides are web pages devoted to a particular area of law, legal resource, type of research, or other discrete subject. Examples of Research Guides available through the Law Library include:

Find the collection of Research Guides created by MLaw Librarians here.

Treatise Finder

When you want to learn about a body of law and don't know where to start, Treatise Finder is the place to go. Treatise Finder is curated list of books and resources, organized by legal subject. Within each topic, you will find introductory resources, in-depth resources, and related topics. 


Sometimes you have a question that you know has been asked a million times, but now it's your turn to find the answer. The Law Library website's FAQs section is a repository of answers about legal reference, Library information and policies, and information for Michigan Law students. Examples of questions answered among FAQs are the following:

  • How can I find federal or state legislative histories?
  • When is spring break?
  • Where can I find resources to research Chinese law?

Did You Know?

You can find links to Research Guides, Treatise Finder, and other resources on the Library Services for Students sub-page of our website.

Get to the FAQs page from the Law Library homepage.

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