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Federal Statutes: US Online Resources

A Word of Caution

The Government Printing Office warns that while the online version of the U.S. Code is most likely accurate, if you're using the online version for legal research, you should verify your results against the printed version of the U.S. Code for accuracy purposes. Please read: Information about the U.S. Code

US Slip & Session Laws Online

U.S. Public Laws

U.S. G.P.O (FDsys)

  • Links to digital authenticated U.S. Public Laws. Available in PDF and Text formats. 
  • Current to date; previously enacted Public Laws available back to the 104th Congress (1995).
  • Free access.

Congress. gov:

  • Current to date; previously enacted Public Laws available back to the 93rd Congress (1973 - 1974).
  • Searchable by bill type, subject, chamber, committee, sponsers, and party, as well as by citation.
  • Free access.  Site is still in beta testing.

U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

ProQuest Congressional

  • Searching by number, you can locate a statute by Bill No., Public Law No., Statute at Large No., or by U.S. Code citation.
  • Using the "Advanced Search" function under the Congressional Publications heading, you can search by keyword.
  • This resource also provides a portal to previously compiled legislative histories dating back to 1969 statutes.
  • Subscription access only.  You must be signed into your TLC account or at at TLC computer to use it.

Also available on Bloomberg/Lexis/Westlaw

  • Subscription access only.  Must be signed into your personal account to access.

U.S. Statutes at Large

U.S. G.P.O (FDsys):

  • Links to digital authenticated U.S. Public Laws.   Available in PDF, Text, and other formats.
  • Current to Volume 124 (2010 - the 111th Congress, 2nd Session); available back to Volume 65 (1951 - the 82nd Congress, 1st Session).
  • Free access.

ProQuest Congressional

  • Searching by number, you can locate a statute by Bill No., Public Law No., Statute at Large No., or by U.S. Code citation.
  • Using the "Advanced Search" function under the Congressional Publications heading, you can search by keyword.
  • This resource also provides a portal to previously compiled legislative histories dating back to 1969 statutes.
  • Subscription access only.  You must be signed into your TLC account or at at TLC computer to use it.

Also available on Bloomberg/Lexis/Westlaw/HeinOnline

  • Subscription access only.  Must be signed into your personal account or using a TLC account or computer to access.

The U.S. Code Online

The U.S.C.

The Office of Law Revision Counsel

  • Searchable through natural language/terms & connectors or by browsing Table of Contents or Popular Name Table. No index is provided. Free access.
  • The currency date is found at the top of the text of the Code section.  A notification will pop up saying "Pending Updates" if the section has been affected by enactments after the currency date - which makes it highly current.
  • Provides Classification Tables: guides to where recently enacted Public Laws will eventually be incorporated into the Code.
  • You can also download entire titles of the U.S. Code in a variety of formats here.

U.S. G.P.O (FDsys)

  • Links to all available sections of the Code.   Available in PDF and Text formats. 
  • Current to date (currently 2012.) You can also view the Code as it was for each publication year previous, back to the 1994 edition.
  • Free access.

Bloomberg Law

  • Click on the "Legislative & Regulatory" tab.  The link to the U.S. Code is on the left, under "Legislative."
  • Searchable through natural language/terms & connectors or by browsing Table of Contents, Popular Name Table, or Appendix.

HeinOnline

  • Links to all available sections of the Code.   Available in PDF format. 
  • Current to date (currently 2012.) You can also view the Code as it was for each publication year previous, back to the 1925-1926 edition.
  • Subscription access only.  You must be signed into your TLC account or at a TLC computer to access it.

ProQuest Congressional

  • Search for all sections of the U.S. Code (unannotated).  
  • Searching by number, you can locate a statute by Bill No., Public Law No., Statute at Large No., or by U.S. Code citation.
  • Using the "Advanced Search" function under the Congressional Publications heading, you can search by keyword.
  • This resource also provides a portal to previously compiled legislative histories dating back to 1969 statutes.
  • Subscription access only.  You must be signed into your TLC account or at at TLC computer to use it.

U.S.C.A. (Annotated Code)

  • Available on Westlaw Next
  • In main search box, begin typing "U.S.C.A." and a prompt should pop up, which when clicked, will lead you to the table of contents.  Alternatively, you can browse the source by clicking the "Federal Materials" tab; the U.S.C.A. should be the second link.
  • Searchable through natural language/terms & connectors or by browsing Table of Contents, Popular Name Table, or Index.
  • You can access the unannotated code on the right hand side of the U.S.C.A. landing page; click on the link for the "United States Code Unannotated" to search just the U.S.C.

U.S.C.S. (Annotated Code)

  • Available on Lexis Advance
  • Click on the "Browse Sources" link to the right and above the main search box.  Limit your search to "U.S. Federal" and "Statutes and Legislation."  You can click on the link for the U.S.C.S., or click the Table of Contents to browse.  There is also a Popular Name Table. 
  • If you add the "U.S.C.S." as a source to your search, you can search the Code through the main search box using natural language/terms & connectors.
  • You can access the unannotated code on Lexis, as well.