Statutes are written laws passed by Congress or a state legislature and signed into law by the president or a state governor. Statutes are often gathered into compilations called "codes," large sets of books that can be found in many public and all law libraries and on the Internet. (Definition from Nolo.)
"Once you have a citaiton for a statute, you will want to find it in the appropriate code publication. Here is an example of how one would find 28 U.S.C. § 1332 (2006).
Depending on what resource you are using, you might also find additional information in the code along with the statute. The USCA and the USCS will both provide users with additional annotations to historical notes, case law, and secondary sources that have cited that particular code section. "
From Georgia State University, School of Law Legal Research LibGuide
Not all law is statutory law. Some laws can be case law or administrative law. Therefore, do not get discouraged if you cannot find a statute on your particular issue.
An alphabetical list of popular and statutory names of Acts of Congress based on the 2006 edition of the U.S. Code. Available online at http://uscode.house.gov/popularnames/popularnames.htm
A "current, searchable, but not easily browsable, version of the statutes); the Chapter Laws from 1996 forward; Legislative Bills from 1996 forward; Public Hearings from 1996 forward; and, beginning in 2001, audio and video recordings of some floor and committee proceedings."
American Jurisprudence Look up the issue in the index to find annotations on statutes.
United States Statutes At Large
"The United States Statutes at Large... is the permanent collection of all laws and resolutions enacted during each session of Congress". The Statutes at Large is available online at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=STATUTE.
The administrative rules and regulations of all department and agencies of the state of New Jersey. Published by West and updated with annual pocket parts and periodic supplements. The Library databases LexisNexis Academic has the competing New Jersey Annotated Statutes
Statutory Research Tutorial (Georgetown Law)