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Researching Statutes

Guide to researching federal and statute statutes

Recommended Overview: Legal Research in Nutshell - Statutes & Constitutions

Chapter 4 of Morris Cohen and Kent Olson's Legal Research in Nutshell provides an excellent overview of the publication process of statutes,  conducting statutory research online and sources for federal and state statutes.  Legal Research in Nutshell is available digitally through Westlaw Study Aids Subscription or On Reserve at the circulation desk in the library.


Citations to Statutes

Federal statutes are organized, by topic, into Titles.  There are currently 54 Titles in the U.S. Code.  Within the statutory citation, the title number precedes the U.S.C. abbreviation.  The next number in the citation is the statutory section as illustrated here.

Citations to state statutes varies from state to state. See Table 1 of the Bluebook for the title and organization of state statutes.



This research guide was last revised and updated on 8/22/2019.