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Researching Statutes: Table of Contents

This guide serves as an introduction to statutory research. To access the linked databases on Westlaw and Lexis, you should sign on to Westlaw and Lexis before clicking on the links in this guide.

Table of Contents

A code's table of contents is found at the beginning of each title.  Because the table of contents is a finite list, a researcher can easily browse through the headings to find applicable sections of the code.  When browsing the table of contents, a researcher can also view a particular section in context of its surrounding sections and retrieve related sections.  Tables of contents are especially useful for a researcher new to an area of law, who may not be familiar with the legal terminology in that field. 

Federal Online Sources

Lexis, Westlaw, & FDsys all permit you to browse through the table of contents in the United States Code, in much the same way as you would browse through a book.  One added functionality of Lexis, as compared to Westlaw & FDsys, is that a researcher is able to run keyword searches within the United States Code's table of contents.

Click the links below to access the table of contents.

New York State Online Sources

Similarly, Lexis, Westlaw and the State of New York all permit you to browse through the table of contents to the New York State code.  Lexis, also has the added feature that enables you to run a keyword search within the table of contents to New York Consolidated Laws Service's code.

Click on the links below to browse through the table of contents.