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Guide to Legal Resources

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT---LAWS

UNITED STATES CODE

  • Purpose: Contains all general and permanent laws of the U.S. in force on date of that edition.
  • Arrangement: Under 50 titles (subjects) with many subdivision called chapters. Includes subject index, cross reference tables, and a useful table of acts by popular names.
  • Notes: Every 6 years a new edition is published. Annual supplements are cumulative.
  • Location: Latest edition in Reference Collection  KF 62. Earlier editions are in General Collection KF 62.  Also available at http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode and http://www.lexis-nexis.com/universe  (LexisNexis available on Truman network only)
  • Cited: USC
UNITED STATES STATUTES AT LARGE
  • Purpose: Contains public laws, private laws and concurrent resolutions and proclamations.
  • Arrangement: Chronological by date of passage of the act using the Public Law Numbers,

  • PL96-138, PL96-139, etc.
  • Notes: This information is later codified into the UNITED STATES CODE (see above).  If you are looking for a law and do not know the PL number, see Congress and the Nation (Ref JK 1 C662).
  • Location: Latest Congress kept in Ref KF 50 A3

  • Volumes 78+ in General Collection (KF 50 A3)
    Volumes 1-77 in Microfiche Cabinet 23 Drawer 7
    1988+ also on the Web at LexisNexis Congressional  Choose Legal.  (Available on Truman network only)
ONLINE RESOURCES


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