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Pennsylvania Statutory Research: Conclusion

This guide reviews the history and current status of the Pennsylvania statutory codification project, and lists electronic and print options for Pennsylvania statutory research.

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Pennsylvania is in the midst of a long term statutory recodification project. Until the project is completed, researches looking for Pennsylvania statutes will need to search both the old unofficial statutory code (the Pennsylvania Statutes) and the new official statutory code (the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes). The available electronic resources allow researchers to search the two codes simultaneously.

The print Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes Annotated includes both codes, and provides an index that covers both codes.

The Pennsylvania General Assembly's Web site provides free acces to an unannotated version of Westlaw's Pennsylvania statutory codes.

It is important for Pennsylvania researchers to cite to the appropriate code. The citations for the two codes are not interchangable.

Please stop by the Legal Research Center's Reference Desk if you would like more information about Pennsylvania statutory research. You can also contact the Reference Desk via phone (215-571-4771), by e-mail (, and by chat (see Law Library Chat box below.)

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