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Sources for Statutory Materials for States Outside Maryland

Print sources:

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.

Electronic Sources:

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.

Internet:

Among the web sites that gather links to various state governments, including state agency links, are:


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