Successful Summer Strategies: Research in the Real World
Sources for Statutory Materials for States Outside
Large law libraries may have print copies of statutory codes from particular
states. A large academic law library such as the Thurgood Marshall Law Library
is likely to have print copies of the codes from all the states and the
District of Columbia.
Lexis and Westlaw:
The statutory codes from all states and the District of Columbia are
available on Lexis and Westlaw. They can be searched by individual state;
in databases including all state codes in a particular subject area; or
in combined databases including the codes from all states.
Note also that Lexis and Westlaw frequently make available both an
annotated (including cross-references to cases and other sources) and
an unannotated (statute text only) version of a state's code. Often the
annotated version is a better choice, since the system will search for
your terms in both the statute text and the annotation materials. However,
if your searches yield too many documents, you may wish to try searching
in the unannotated version.
Among the web sites that gather links to various state governments, including
state agency links, are:
(The U.S. Government's Official Web Site)