Answered By: Valerie Weis
Last Updated: Apr 01, 2020     Views: 7

Your best search strategy is to meet with a research librarian or to locate a recent law review articles or up-to-date treatises to find citations to legislation that may apply to your topic.If you search legislation with a keyword search, you may miss important legislation that is applicable to your topic if you do not use the correct term.

Law review databases are listed in this section of the HKS Library Legal Research Guide. Access to select legal treatises is provided in this section of the Legal Research Guide. Other treatises may be available in person at the Harvard Law Library. This FAQ describes other resources available in person at Harvard Law Library.

If you wish to conduct a survey of state law using keywords, go to Nexis Uni and click on the Advanced Search option. Then select the Legal tab. Select US Statutory Codes to search current state laws. See screenshot below:

To search for bills submitted as part of the state legislative process, click on the US Bill Tracking option instead. Most bills that are proposed do not become law so you may want to conduct additional research to determine if a bill was passed and later enacted and codified into law.