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This research guide is created for the Asper Fellowship Program of the University of Maryland School of Law. The guide is directed to provide fellows in the workforce with a starting point for legal research, with an emphasis on legislative research.
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Federal Statutes and Legislation

Statutes relating to appellate advocacy exist at both the federal and state levels. Some useful electronic sources of statutory and legislative materials are linked below. For more information on federal legislative research, including federal legislative history, see Chapter 5 and Chapter 10 of the Thurgood Marshall Law Library Guide to Legal Research. For more information on state legislative research, including Maryland legislative history, see Chapter 9 of the Thurgood Marshall Law Library Guide to Legal Research.

Lexis and Westlaw update their online code as new laws are passed with about a 2-month delay while Congress is in  session. Updating the statute with Shepard's or KeyCite on the section is a good idea--be sure to look for pending legislation affecting the section.

  • United States Code Annotated (USCA), by Thomson/West, is available on Westlaw.
  • United States Code Service (USCS) by LexisNexis, is available on Lexis.
  • The US Code is also Bloomberg Law , and annotations are being added in increasing number. It is updated within a month of newly enacted legislation.

The U.S. Code is also available through Legal Information Institute, FindLaw and FDsys. Be aware that they are not current so be sure to note the date the code was last updated.  Your state bar association may also provide access to the current US Code through Casemaker and Fastcase . To learn more about the print versions of the USC go to the Guide to Using the United States Code.

Session Laws and Legislation


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