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MGT301 Business Law I: Statutes

Information Resources for Business Law

What is a statute?

From Wikipedia: 

A statute is a formal written enactment of a legislative authority that governs a state, city, or county. Typically, statutes command or prohibit something, or declare policy. The word is often used to distinguish law made by legislative bodies from case law, decided by courts, and regulations issued by government agencies. Statutes are sometimes referred to as legislation or "black letter law". As a source of law, statutes are considered primary authority (as opposed to secondary).

U.S. Code on the Web

Pennsylvania State--Purdon's on the Web

Pennsylvania State--Purdon's in Print

United States Code via Library Databases

Thomson Reuters Westlaw
  • Click on the tab labeled "Federal Materials"
  • Select "United States Code Annotated (USCA)" from the list of sources
  • Type your search terms in the box that appears at the top of the screen
  • Click the "Search" button
  • Note: related document links appear in the column on the right of the screen

LexisNexis logo

 
 
  • Click on "Search by Subject or Topic"
  • Under "Legal" click on "Federal Statutes and Regulations"
  • Enter a search strategy and click on "Advanced Options"
  • Leave the box checked next to "Annotated U.S. Code (USCS)" uncheck all other boxes
  • Click the "Apply" button and now click on "Search"
  • Note:  You can search just a specific section (or title) of the U.S. code by clicking on "Browse" next to "Annotated U.S. Code" and checking off the box next to each title you wish to search

Pennsylvania State--Purdon's via Library Databases

Thomson Reuters Westlaw
  • Click on the tab labeled "State Materials"
  • Click on "Pennsylvania" from the list of states
  • Under "Statutes & Court Rules" click on "Pennsylvania Statutes & Court Rules"
  • Enter your search terms in the box that appears at the top of the screen
  • Click the "Search" button
  • Note: Related document links appear in the column on the right of the screen
 

LexisNexis logo

 
 
  • Click on "Search by Subject or Topic"
  • Under "Legal" click on "State Statutes and Regulations"
  • Enter a search strategy
  • Click on "Advanced Options"
  • Check the box next to "Statutory Code"
  • Select Pennsylvania from the list
  • Click on the "Apply" button
  • Click the "Search" button

Pending Legislation

Find pending federal legislation by searching the Library of Congress database Thomas. Select appropriate link from "Bill Searches and Lists" or "Bill Texts."

In Thomson Reuters Westlaw in the "All Content" tab, click on "Proposed & Enacted Legislation."

WestlawNext Proposed Legislation

County, City Codes and Ordinances

Subject Guide