U.S. Federal

Constitution

Statutes

U.S. Code

  • United States Code {U.S.C.}. The official, government-published version of the Code. Published every 6 years. The current Code is also available online via FDsys, via Cornell's Legal Information Institute, and via FindLaw.
  • United States Code Annotated {U.S.C.A.}. West's annotated version of the Code, which is more up-to-date than the official version. It also contains digests of cases interpreting the statutes as well as legislative history notes to help the researcher.

    The current USCA (USCA) and historical versions going back to 1990 (USCAxx, where 'xx' represents the last two digits of the year) are available through Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (USCA).

  • United States Code Service (Lawyers' Edition) {U.S.C.S.}. LexisNexis' annotated version of the Code, more up-to-date than the official version. It also contains digests of cases interpreting the statutes as well as legislative history notes to help the researcher.

    The current USCS is also available for browsing or searching through LexisNexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (USCS), and for searching through ProQuest Congressional Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community

U.S. Statutes at Large

Public Laws (Slip Laws)

  • Public Law. Laws which have not yet been gathered together into a bound volume.

    The equivalent for the current Congress is available electronically:
    LexisNexis Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (USCS - Public Laws).
    Westlaw Available from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community (US-PL).
    THOMAS. A free site from the Library of Congress.
    ProQuest Congressional Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community provides for searching laws passed by the current Congress by limiting the search to the highest-numbered Congress.

Bills and Pending Legislation

  • THOMAS. A free site from the Library of Congress. Search for bills from the current as well as previous Congresses dating back to the 93rd (1973-1974).
  • FDsys. A free site. Search for bills in the current or in several previous Congresses (going back to 1993).
  • ProQuest Congressional Available from anywhere to all members of the Northwestern University community allows for searching either the full text of current bills, or bill tracking information for legislation in the current Congress.
  • LexisNexisAvailable from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community has bill text (Congressional Full Text Bills - Current Congress) and bill tracking (Bill Tracking Report - Current Congress) databases covering legislation in the current Congress.
  • WestlawAvailable from anywhere to members of the NU School of Law community also has databases covering the texts of Congressional bills (CONG-BILLTXT) and bill tracking (US-BILLTRK) for the current Congress.
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