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Legal Research: United States Laws

How a bill becomes a law

Once a bill becomes a Public law it is issued as a slip law. At the end of the session these are bound into the Statutes at Large. Every six years they are codified and integrated into the United States Code.

House and Senate Bills

Public and Private Laws

United States Statutes At Large (PRINT COLLECTION)

DOCUMENTS GS 4.111: v.18 – 97 (1873 – 1983)

DOCUMENTS AE 2.111: v.98 – (1984 – present)

Congressional Record

U.S. Debates and Proceedings of Congress, 1st – 18th Congress.

DOCUMENTS MICROFILM X.1st (1789) to X.18th (1824)

 U.S. Register of Debates in Congress, 18th – 25th Congress.

DOCUMENTS MICROFILM X.19th (December 1824) to X.25th (October 1837)

 Congressional Globe, 23rd to 42nd Congress.

DOCUMENTS MICROFILM X.23rd (December 2, 1833) to X.42nd (March 3, 1873)

 Congressional Record, 43rd to 71st Congress

DOCUMENTS MICROFILM X.43rd (December 1, 1873) to X.71st (March 4, 1931)

DOCUMENTS X 43 – X 1.1 (1874 – 1999) INCOMPLETE


Congressional Record via the Internet

United States Code

The United States Code is the codification by subject matter of the general and permanent laws of the United States. It is divided by broad subjects into 51 titles and published by the Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the U.S. House of Representatives. The U.S. Code was first published in 1926. The next main edition was published in 1934, and subsequent main editions have been published every six years since 1934. In between editions, annual cumulative supplements are published in order to present the most current information.

United States Code (1994 edition with supplements and 2000 Edition)


 United States Code and Congressional Administrative News

REFERENCE JK 1001 .U5 v.82 – v.107 (1952-2001)

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