Answered By: Beth Cook
Last Updated: Sep 24, 2019     Views: 242

U.S. state governments will have a legislation or code site that can be browsed or searched by keyword. Click here to find the state that you need  State Legislature Websites.

You can use one of the library’s legal databases (such as Nexis Uni) to explore state laws.

 1. In Nexis Uni, use the Menu option to select Criminal Justice


2. Next, click Search State & Federal Statutes

  • Select State
  • Enter State in search box, e.g., Virginia
  • Enter your search term; e.g., guns
  • Select Find to start your search


You may also be able to find state laws already compiled by an advocacy organization or a published research paper.  Try the following:

  • You can also simply do a general web search for your topic along with the words “state laws” or “50-state survey”.  Examples:
  • “Gun control” and “state laws”
  • Guns and “50-state survey”

When searching the web, be sure that you know how to evaluate the sites that you find.

For additional legal research resources, visit the Legal Studies Program Guide.

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