This general tab explains the federal and state separation of power. It also has links to general legal research databases such as LexisNexis Academic. The other tabs provide links to state, federal, and international legal resources. The links on this guide go to research guides and databases. To learn more about a specific link, hover the mouse over the next to the link. A description of the resource will appear.
The U.S. Constitution defines federal and states' legislative power. At the top of the legal hierarchy are the U.S. Constitution and federal statutes.
The division of supremacy is defined in the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. They are:
The U.S. Supreme court is also at the top of the legal hierarchy because it decides constitutional law cases. For many people working with federal and state statutes, knowing the U.S. court system help them understand state vs national legislative authority.
Comparing Federal & State Courts: This guide from the the U.S. Courts explains judiciary hierarchy in the United States.
U.S. States & Territories (Library of Congress): Click on the state/territory you would like to research to find links to all branches of that state/territory's government.
Mastering the search techniques on U.S Code website will save you time in looking for federal statutes. Use the Help page to learn about using double quotes, boolean and proximity operators, wildcards and masks, and more.