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Introduction and Getting Started

This guide is intended to be used as an introduction to the sources of information on the topic of counseling and negotiation.

With any project, unless you are already knowledgeable about the topic area, it is best to start with basic, introductory resources and then to consult more focused works, moving from secondary sources to primary sources. Don't forget the "Big Three" - Lexis, Westlaw and BloombergLaw.  Each offers access to a wide variety of primary and secondary sources.  A password is required in order to access these databases.  If you have forgotten any of your passwords, please contact a librarian for help.

Secondary sources such as articles and books can provide you with an overview of your topic and help you think of search terms you might not have thought of otherwise. They also cite primary authorities such as statutes and cases. You can use the primary sources cited in secondary sources as a jumping off point to find other primary sources in several ways:

  • Shepardize or KeyCite them to see what other sources have cited them;
  • Read cases to see what other sources they cite;
  • On Westlaw or in West Digests, look up the topics and key numbers in the cases you've already read to find other cases that address the same issues;
  • Read annotations to statutes to find cross references to cases that have analyzed them or regulations that have been issued under their authority.

The TMLL catalog can point you to useful books and articles. The Library also subscribes to many databases that index articles in scholarly journals and other periodicals . These databases can help you begin your research.  Most of the found articles will also have links to full-text. 


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Use the online catalog to find treatises available in the Thurgood Marshall Law Library . Some suggested subject headings to search are Domestic Relations - Maryland or Divorce Settlements or Divorce - Law and legislation - Maryland or Separation (law) - Maryland. For research hints on how to use the catalog, see the Research Guide - Searching the Catalog.

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For more information please see:

Chapter 3 - Background Research Using Secondary Sources (TMLL Guide to Legal Research)


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