West's Encyclopedia of American Law defines a statute as "an act of a legislature that declares, proscribes, or commands something; a specific law, expressed in writing." Unlike case law decided by the court system or regulations defined by government agencies, statutes are passed by either state or federal legislature. Statutes are often referred to as legislation and are considered to have primary authority as a source of law. Statute. (2005). In S. Phelps & J. Lehman (Eds.), West's Encyclopedia of American Law (2nd ed., Vol. 9, pp. 329-330). Detroit: Gale. Retrieved from http://link.galegroup.com.lib.pepperdine.edu/apps/doc/CX3437704158/GVRL?u=pepp12906&sid=GVRL&xid=ef4a1a06
Using LexisNexis Uni to Locate Statutes (Library Database)
In addition to many other news resources, LexisNexis Uni provides federal and state court opinions, federal and state statutes, federal regulations, and law journal articles. This product also provides access to the renowned Shepard's Citations® service for all federal and states court cases back to 1789. This database is only available to current Pepperdine students, faculty, and staff. For an overview of how to use Nexis Uni, visit this page.
Click on the Criminal Justice image link at the bottom of the page
Under Search State and Federal Statutes select Federal (shift slider to the left)
Enter search terms in the box provided
Under Narrow By on the left hand side of the page under Sources select USCS