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This guide is intended to be used as an introduction to the sources of information available to the researcher in Maryland Law. It will help you to find statutes, e-resources, useful articles and helpful study aids. As with any research, unless you are already knowledgeable about Maryland law, it is best to start with introductory resources and then to go on and consult more focused works - moving from secondary to primary resources.
When beginning any type of legal research project, it is advisable to do some background and secondary sources research before delving into primary legal materials. Some sources that may be useful are listed in this section as well as under "Secondary Sources" in this guide.
For background information on Maryland government, including the General Assembly, the court system, and administrative agencies:
Maryland Manual Online: A Guide to Maryland Government
For substantive background on a Maryland legal topic:
The Maryland Law Encyclopedia (MLE) provides analysis and summaries of legal topics as well as cross-references to Maryland statutes and cases. The MLE can be found in print in most larger law libraries that are open to the public, including academic law libraries, the Maryland State Law Library, and the county circuit court law libraries. The MLE is also available on Westlaw and Lexis.
Other sources available to the public include:
The Thurgood Marshall Law Library Guide to Legal Research
The People’s Law Library of Maryland web site
Other possible sources include Using Treatises, Hornbooks, and Nutshells (see also Secondary Sources in this guide). You can also use the box below to search the Thurgood Marshall Law Library's catalog.
Search Library Catalog for Books and Articles
You may find materials relevant to Maryland by keyword searching our catalog below or browsing the KFM 1200 through 1798 call number section on Level 2 of the Law Library. Include Maryland in your search string in order to narrow down the results. Baltimore City materials can be found in the KFX 1067 - 1120 call number range. Include the words Baltimore and Maryland in your search to facilitate searching. Maryland county materials are found in the KFM 1799 call number. Counties are alphabetically arranged in this section. Adding the name of the county and Maryland will focus your search on the jurisdiction you want to find.
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Related Research Guides and Information Sources
For more information on this topic please see:
TMLL Guide to Legal Research - Chapter 9 - Researching a Maryland Law Problem
Gateway to Maryland Law (Maryland State Law Library)