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Legal Research Basics

Federal Statutes

Individual statutes are first published as Public Laws.

Next, Public Laws are compiled chronologically into the Statutes at Large.

  • You can find the Statutes at Large on govinfo.gov (1951-2013), HeinOnline (1789-2012), ProQuest Congressional (1789-currently assigned Stat. at Large numbers), Lexis+ (coverage varies), and Westlaw (coverage varies).

Finally, statutes are rearranged by subject and published in the United States Code.

California Statutes

Individual statutes are first published as Chapters.

Next, statutes are published chronologically in the Statutes of California.

  • The Statutes of California are available on HeinOnline (1849-2020).

Finally, statutes are organized by subject and codified. California has no official statutory code.