Answered By: APUS Librarians
Last Updated: Oct 04, 2023     Views: 434

New to using Nexis Uni?  
Start with this Introduction to Nexis Uni video to learn how to access and use Nexis Uni more effectively.

To explore state laws by topic, start with Nexis Uni:

1. Enter the library through the link in your classroom.

2. Select Nexis Uni from the A-Z Databases link under the main search box on the library's homepage. 

3. Use the Menu option to select Criminal Justice

4. 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



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 you need: State Legislature Websites

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”.  When searching the web, be sure that you know how to evaluate the sites that you find.  Below are a few examples:
  • “Gun control” and “state laws”
  • Guns and “50-state survey”


See Also:

Legal Studies & Paralegal Studies Research Strategies



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